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Better Beginnings


Better Beginnings is a Swan Valley program that supports the health and learning development of prenatal to age 5 children and their families. Recent studies have shown that the years from birth to five years old are the most important in a child’s growth.

A child's activities during this crucial period can determine how the child's brain is wired. This wiring lays the groundwork for how the child will get along and learn later in life.

Better Beginnings is a partnership of community service organizations whose goal is to create a positive and nurturing environment that allows a child to develop to their fullest potential, by providing an effective networking and referral system.

The program is funded through the Province of Manitoba - Healthy Child in conjunction with the Swan Valley School Division.

Program Goals

It is the goal of Better Beginnings to provide resource programming for families in the Swan River Valley and the North Parkland region. To give all children and/or parents an equal opportunity for healthy living, parent/child interaction, socialization, literacy and school-readiness skills.


Stay n' Play Drop-In

This is a Free two hour weekly session which runs from September to June.

The sessions offers playtime, crafts, stories, songs, rhymes, gym time, school readiness skills, healthy snacks and family resources. 

You do not need to sign-up or call ahead and you don’t have to be on time or stay until the end.  You are welcome to join any or all of the offered sessions.  You just need to show up to participate.

Sessions are offered at: Benito, Kenville, Minitonas, Heyes School, Taylor School and Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre(Due to renovations this session is closed until further notice).

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