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Healthy Child Coalition South East 2017 grants

May 4th, 2017 Posted in Featured

Healthy Child Coalition South East is pleased to receive grant applications once again from organizations to offer parent/child programming and / parenting programs for families with children aged 0-5.   All applicant groups / organizations must be located within the boundaries of the South East region.

Projects must address at least one of the four Healthy Child Manitoba pillars of:
1. Positive Parenting

2. Nutrition and Physical Activity

3. Learning and Literacy

4. Capacity Building

Deadline for application is June 07, 2017.  The grant application and the grant criteria  information sheet with more details are in the links below.



HCC-SE Grant Criteria 2017 final  (click on the document to enlarge)


Bookmates Growing up green – on the go!

May 26th, 2016 Posted in Featured, Uncategorized

We are pleased to partner with bookmates to bring Growing up Green- on the go to Steinbach!  It is a parent- child program on Thursday, June 9th from 10am- 12:00pm at the Jake Epp library.

Join us for FREE nature- based learning activities, including rhymes, books, songs, and hands on experiences!

You must register to attend.  Contact Andrea at :  aklassen@southernhealth.ca or call 204-346-6698.  Registration is limited to 8 families.

For more details:Bookmates Growing up green parent child program

Healthy Child Coalition -South East Grants – application deadline June 3rd, 2016

May 18th, 2016 Posted in Featured

Healthy Child Coalition – South East  is pleased to offer grants once again to organizations for parent/ child programming ( children 0-5 years old) in the South East region.

The deadline for applications is June 03, 2016.

For more information regarding eligible expenses, please refer to the Criteria information sheet.

If you have questions regarding the boundaries, eligible projects or any general questions, please contact Andrea : aklassen@southernhealth.ca   or

call 204-346-6698.







National Non Smoking Week

Jan 20th, 2014 Posted in Featured

National Non Smoking Week is the 3rd week in January. Quitting smoking is tough.  We know that, as adults, it is not good for us, but what about out children? We all know that our children are not smoking at this age,  but they are exposed to it’s harmful effects when a parent, guardian, caregiver or anyone that they spend a significant amount of time with smokes.  The term, second hand smoke is one we are familiar with,and we know that it is harmful,  but what about third hand smoke?  This refers to the smoke that gets trapped in the hair, skin, fabric, carpet, furniture and toys.  

“Smoking Stinks”  is a great resource on how to avoid third hand smoke.  Smoke_Stinks_Z-Fold_Brochure_v3 

If you or someone you know would like to quit, Manitoba quits is launching their campaign this week.  You can register in person at the Steinbach Walmart on Tuesday, January 21st from 10am- 2pm.  You can also register online at www.manitobaquits.ca.

Merry Christmas from the Healthy Child Coalition!

Dec 18th, 2013 Posted in Featured

On behalf of the Healthy Child Coalition – South East, I wish you a very Merry Christmas!  Take the time to start new traditions, carry on old traditions, share memories of your childhood  with your children and create new cherished memories.  Take time to play together. 

Parent/child programs will not run over the holiday season.  They will resume the week of January 6th. 

  With holidays and changes in the season, there are always safety factors to consider.  There are two new articles on the website, one called “Holiday safety” , the other ” Winter fun in Manitoba weather”.  In them you will find tips and resources to help you have a safe holiday and winter with your children.  You will find them both on the home page.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!Christmas Hanging Balls

National Child Day- Take time to play!

Nov 13th, 2013 Posted in Featured

November 20th is National Child – Take time to play!

Healthy Child Coalition – South East invites everyone wherever they are on November 20th to ….STOP and PLAY in celebration of National Child Day.  Take 15 minutes to play in child care centres, schools, at home, home day cares, at grandma’s house, or at the office!

National child Day is a day to focus on the rights of the child. Children (under age 18) have basic human rights and also have specific rights, recognized in the 1989  Convention on the Rights of the Child given their vulnerability and dependence.  Canada ratified  the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991. Doing so, it made a promise to make sure all children in Canada have their rights met in order to have the best start in life.

All children have these rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.

Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all children and young people have the right to relax and play, and join in a wide range of activities.  When we play with children they learn about the world around them and their role in it.  Play allows children to practice real life situation and teaches them to get along with others.   Children’s play has purpose – We can all be great teachers by playing with them often.

For information on National Child Day, registration forms and ideas go to the National Child Day page.

Let’s Play!!

Fall Stars of the Future 2013

Aug 14th, 2013 Posted in Featured, Uncategorized

Back to School….. it’s that time of year again!    The lazy days of summer end with a flurry of activity to prepare for the new school year .   

 But did you know for children entering kindergarten the preparation began about 2000 days before?   There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child shows up for the first day of kindergarten.  Early childhood development research indicates the children’s earliest experiences literally determine how their brains are wired and lay the ground work for future learning and health.  Being ready to learn when entering school is key in a child’s education success.

 Parents guide children’s early development, caring for their physical and emotional needs and providing  early learning experiences for their children.  One early learning event offered in southeast Manitoba is Stars of the Future.

 Stars of the Future is a program for children 3.5 to 4 years of age.  Children are invited with their parents to attend a Stars of the Future clinic.  During this one hour appointment children’s hearing, speech, fine and gross motor skills are assessed.   Clinicians offer parents tips and ideas to support  a child’s development.  Referrals for further assessment may be made. These clinics are offered FREE this fall in the following communities: Grunthal, Lorette, Niverville, Ste. Anne, Steinbach and Vita.

All children who live in the south east and who were born between January 01,2010-June 30,2010 are welcome to attend.  For the full schedule and  information on scheduling an appointment, go to the  Programs page and look under Stars of the Future.

New Booster Seat Legislation in Manitoba

Jul 31st, 2013 Posted in Featured, Uncategorized

Effective Thursday, August 8th, there will be changes to the booster seat laws in Manitoba. According to a news release made by the Manitoba government,  “…the new legislation and regulations requires  the use of booster seats until children meet specific age, weight or height requirements.  Children will be required to remain in booster seats until they are at least: 145 centimetres(4’9″)tall, OR 36 kilograms (80 pounds) OR nine years old”.

Booster seats are exempt from provincial sales tax.     

For more information about the new legislation, booster seats and free car seat inspections, please refer to the following links:

News release regarding the legislation

car seat/booster seat information

Listing of various kinds of  booster seats acceptable in Canada (updated June 2012)

Children’s car seats and expiry dates

Free drop in car seat inspection clinic locations and dates


There will be a free car seat inspection clinic in Steinbach in the fall.  Details will be made available at a later date.



Water Safety

Jul 16th, 2013 Posted in Featured, Uncategorized

sunBefore you head out to the pool or the beach this summer, make sure you are up to date on water safety.  Click the link  for a useful pamphlet from Manitoba Coalition for active and safe kids.  Stay safe while having fun!

water safety pamphlet

Sun Safety

Jul 11th, 2013 Posted in Featured

Summer is short and everyone wants to be outside to enjoy summer activities. Follow these  tips for summer sun safety.

  • Limit sun exposure during the peak hours between 10:00am and 4:00pm when the sun’s rays are at their strongest or any time of the day when the UV Index is 3 or more. Find play areas that have a shady spot or bring along a sun umbrella. Remember if your shadow is shorter than you, it’s time to find some shade or go inside.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim and back flap and sunglasses with 100% UV protection and loose fitting clothing
  •  Apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher to your kids at least 20 minutes before they go outside.  Remember to put sunscreen on ears, nose, back of neck and legs and tops of feet. Reapply often and after swimming and playing with water.
  • Sunscreen can’t block all the sun’s rays. Use it along with shade, clothing and hats, not instead of them.
  •  Encourage children to drink plenty of fluids, especially water and watch for sign of heat illness.Be a role model; follow the sun safety tips to protect yourself from the sun as well.

Adapted from Caring for Kids http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/keepkidssafe/Sun.htm  and  the Canadian Cancer  Society http://www.cancer.ca/Canada-wide/Prevention  websites.

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