Young women who find themselves pregnant are often afraid and uncertain about their future. Unfortunately, many young parents do not get the support they need to be successful. Child care is a necessity to ensure new mothers can continue their education and build a positive future for themselves and their children.
Catholic Family Service (CFS) offers an enriched learning environment for infants, toddlers (age six weeks to 35 months) and young mothers (age 20 and younger) who are registered at the Louise Dean Centre or the Calgary Achievement Centre for Youth (CACY).
Our Specialized Child Care Services are much more than a child-care centre. We work alongside young mothers to help them develop a strong attachment and nurturing relationship with their child. Using developmental stages and brain research as teaching tools, young moms take an active role in their child’s healthy development, while increasing their knowledge and confidence as new mothers. Babies and toddlers receive exceptional care and the positive stimulation needed to improve their learning, behavior and overall health.
Specialized Child Care Services Commitment
Provide quality child care and a learning environment for young mothers.
• Enable young mothers to continue their education.
• Increase parenting competence and confidence.
• Monitor and intervene to support the healthy social, emotional and developmental growth of children.
Outstanding Outcomes for Children
In 2008, Catholic Family Service released a 10-year longitudinal study measuring the impact on the mother and child as a result of their involvement with the Louise Dean Centre. Included in the study was an evaluation of the academic achievement of the children of Louise Dean Centre mothers. The study found the children to be on par with their peers academically, with approximately 85% performing at grade level in language arts and math. These rates were comparable to the average provincial rates reported by Alberta Education, with no significant difference found between children of Louise Dean Centre mothers and other Alberta children.
The Louise Dean Centre is a partnership between Catholic Family Service, Calgary Board of Education and Alberta Health Services. Louise Dean Centre supports pregnant and parenting adolescents, their children and families to provide educational and health needs, as well as helping them deal with the emotional and social needs that come with pregnancy and parenting.
About Calgary Achievement Centre for Youth (CACY)
The Calgary Achievement Centre for Youth (CACY) offers coordinated services for at-risk youth. Services include an alternative high school provided by the Calgary Board of Education and a Youth Employment Centre that offers employment and career counselling services provided by the City of Calgary. Catholic Family Service offers child care and parenting support to pregnant or parenting youth age 15 – 24 who attend programs at CACY.
Louise Dean Centre
120 – 23 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2P1
Louise Dean Centre Hours
Monday to Thursday: 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Friday: 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Calgary Achievement Centre for Youth (CACY)
2nd Floor, 315 – 10th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0W2