Children and Youth Opportunities

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Manitoba's Strategy to Keep Kids Out of Crime

Strengthening Early Years and Schools

The Manitoba government is investing in children during the early years to help ensure kids get the right start. These investments are part of the government's ongoing commitment to families and communities.

  • The Manitoba Prenatal Benefit is providing support to more than 4,500 new moms this year.

  • Manitoba is the first province to bring the PAX Good Behaviour Game into schools, which has been shown to reduce
    anti-social behaviour, criminal involvement and drug use later in life.

  • Support for innovative projects, like a new early childhood development centre at Lord Selkirk Park, have shown positive effects, including reducing future involvement in crime.

  • Increased funding to Parent Child Coalitions is creating opportunities for parents and young children to participate in quality programming together. For example, the Healthy Baby program helps new parents feel more confident about taking care of their baby, learn more about nutrition for themselves and their babies, and provides social support for new mothers.

  • Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy programs, which have been shown to increase positive social behaviour amongst children, have been expanded.

  • Increasing funding for schools every year – by more than 50 per cent since 1999.

For more programs and services that target the early years and schools, please see the complete program list.