The Early Years 

Objective: to strengthen families on Gabriola Island with a specific focus on families with children under five.

Where prevention begins

  Attend and participate with children 5 and younger, through Mother Goose, Rughuggers and Family FUNdamentals, and learn how to support a child's development while interacting with other parents.

For more information call: Bernice Dewinetz 250-247-8020


Mother Goose

Tuesdays, Parent Child Mother Goose, 10:30 am - 11:30 am / Children zero to three years, by registration only. 

"The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program is a group experience for parents and their babies and young children which focusses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories together. Parents gain skills and confidence which can enable them to create positive family patterns during their children's crucial early years, and give their children healthy early experiences with language and communication," - from Parent-Child Mother Goose Programs Website.


Thursday Morning Rughuggers for caregivers of children five and under, 10:00  am - 12:00 noon. (closed during the summer).

Thursday Morning is all about dropping in for some good coffee and social time for caregivers of children five and under. Bring your child and hang out with other moms and dads. While your child plays with toys and other children, you can catch up and socialize with other parents. Having other adults to connect with can make the difference in staying on top of things, while meeting the challenges of raising young children. Coffee is on. See you Thursdays at Rughuggers. Snacks for this program are free thanks to support from Village Foods.

Family FUNdamentals

Friday mornings, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Parents and children ages 2 - 4.

Family FUNdamentals is a new HOPE Centre  Early Years program for parents and children ages 2-4. Come and participate in Fun, Unique, and Nurturing activities designed to promote healthy eating, healthy weights, active living, positive body image, and positive parenting skills. 1 1/2 hrs. 10:30 am to 12 noon on Friday mornings. By registration only. Call now (250)247-8020, and register for next session dates.

Funding by the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island (also see "support" page)


Friday Immunization Clinic

The fourth Friday of every month, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

VIHA ( Vancouver Island Health Authority ) hosts the immunization clinic on the fourth Friday of every month. This service is sponsored by VIHA. For more information call the HOPE House office at 250-247-8730


Baby Massage

Baby Massage is a 5 week session held twice a year. The program is facilitated by a professional certified massage therapist. The program is for parents and their babies up to 9 months old. The experience enhancers the bond between parents and babies.


Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, children ages 2 1/2 to 5. with certified ECE staff.

The HOPE Pre-school / Childcare program is in a quality childcare setting that is open to care for children ages 2 1/2 to 5. All of the activities offered are play-based, ensuring your child is exposed to a variety of stimulating experiences to support them in healthy development and preparing them for kindergarten. This program is offered by fully certified ECE staff, and is a teaching program as well for practicum students currently enrolled in securing their ECA certification. Spaces are limited and enrolment is reserved in advance. This is a fee-for-service program. Subsidies are offered through the Province, and the Federal Government offers a childcare grant on a monthly basis to families with children under 7. For more information call: 250-247-8730



This program has over 25 years of evidence to back up the program's effectiveness. We are so committed to this propgram, that we have a trained facilitator to teach and support any parent that wants to learn how to co-exist with the children as a supportive and effective parent. The program is called Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, with successful beginnings in Australia, where the evidence based model is associated with a major university, Queensland University. Our facilitator has been trained by the experts from Australia and we are linked to them for ongoing support. For more information contact the HOPE House at 250-247-8730.


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