Exciting Projects Starting this Month!
It’s an exciting time for CUPS with two major projects beginning in the month of March! CUPS, along with several community partners, is pleased to announce the start of ATTACH 2 and Working for Kids (W4K).
ATTACH 2, the second phase of the original ATTACH project aims to promote secure attachment and the healthy development of children exposed to toxic stress. The main emphasis of this project is to build reflective functioning skills in primary caregivers by helping them recognize and understand their own feelings and thus regulate their own feelings and behaviour toward their child.
The results of the original study showed that, following intervention, primary caregivers reflective functioning had increased and children were more likely to be securely attached. Not only will this program be offered at CUPS, but our very own Family Development Specialist will receive the training required to facilitate the ATTACH program with the families and children who come through our doors.
In addition to ATTACH 2, W4K is also kicking off this month! W4K is a community-based educational program that takes an intergenerational approach to putting children on a positive trajectory for success in school and in life. This project will give parents the opportunity to learn about their child’s growing brain and discover games that encourage healthy development. Two CUPS employees will complete the Working for Kids Coaches training, developed to teach those who work with young children about how the brain develops and how strong brain architecture can be fostered through fun and engaging activities.
At CUPS, we use a two-generational approach in our programs and services in order to address both the parent’s and the child’s needs within the parent-child relationship. Innovative projects like these contribute to CUPS ongoing work as we focus on prevention and early intervention as a community.
● 1 in 10 Calgarians live in poverty
● 1 in 4 Canadians lives with diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes
● 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental illness or addiction problems each year
● 4 million people in Canada experience food insecurity
● 1 in 8 Canadian households struggle to put food on the table.
● An estimated 45% of the overall homeless population are individuals living with mental illness
● 28 – 34% of shelter users are Indigenous peoples
● 40% of Indigenous children in Canada live in poverty