The Children’s Program offers a variety of activities and services to support parents in their role with their children and provides a nurturing environment for children and their parents.

Contact us

Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
418 844-5000 / ext : 3581
Evening, weekend and holidays emergencies
418 844-5224

Preschool workshops

"Jardins des petits explorateurs"

2-5 years
Educational activity program, led by a qualified educator, who welcomes children for a period of three hours per half day.

Little Geniuses Workshop

3-5 years

Workshops that promote the child’s overall development and autonomy by fostering emotional, motor, social, cognitive and language skills.

Second Language Workshop

4-5 years

Children are invited to learn a second language (English or French) in this introductory workshop through games, rhymes and songs under the supervision of a qualified instructor.

Tanya Langlois

Tanya Langlois

Childhood counsellor

A counsellor by trade, she happily welcomes parents and their children in the op-soleil room on a daily basis. She is always ready to listen and support you in your role as a parent and refer you to specialized resources when needed.

Personalized meetings

A counsellor who knows and understands the reality of absences is available to answer your questions and guide you to the right resources. The meetings are customized according to your needs, confidential and free.

In person or by teleconsultation

418 844-6060


Parent-child room

Room set up for parents and children (0-5 years). Come freely take advantage of this space during free periods and discuss with other parents. Contact our Childhood counsellor to know the schedule of the several parent-child groups.

Open Monday trhough Friday
from 8 am to noon and from 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Services for new parents

Babies on bord group
A warm place to enjoy a few hours of camaraderie, conversation, and friendship. A moment to gather with future mothers and get ready together for the adventure of welcoming a child.
Prenatal Classes
Prenatal classes offer future parents the chance to learn about pregnancy, birth, and their baby’s first days. Meet with other future parents, hear about their experiences, and get answers about the questions that can come up during pregnancy.
Welcome Baby
Prenatal and postnatal visits at the VMFRC for future and new parents from the military community. This program aims to support parents in the beautiful adventure that is the arrival of a new child.

Workshops and groups

Get Together Club English-speaking group
Are you looking to meet other English speaking people? The Get Together Club is the perfect group to exchange stories and participate in activities with or without children. The Get Together Club is adapted to welcome children 0-5 years old. Come meet other Englishspeaking families, even if English isn’t your first language.
Small Talk
Parents and their children (0 to 12 months old) A warm, safe place where parents and their children can come to enjoy a few hours of camaraderie, conversation, and friendship.
Sunny Day Group
Parents and their children (0 to 5 years old). Parents and children are invited to come socialize and have fun in a warm, secure environment. A group of volunteers organizes different activities. Children stay under the supervision of their parents.
Father-Children Activities
Dads and their children 3-12 years old. Being a dad is the best job in the world! Strengthen the bond between you and your kids by spending special time with them. A postitive experience and a chance to meet other dads.

Prevention and support

Positive parenting practices
Conferences on positive parental practices that aim to foster healthy ways to deal with emotions, as well as boost self-esteem and resilience in children.

  • Triple P: Positive parenting practices (French only)
Psychosocial Services
Counselling Services

Our team is there to support you in your various life challenges:

  • Children behavior problems;
  • Difficult parent-child relationships;
  • Questions on parenting skills;
  • Marital difficulties;
  • Adaptation difficulties;
  • Stress and anxiety;
  • Impacts of operational stress injury on family;
  • Bereavement;
  • Personal self assessments;
  • Any other situation causing distress.

Workshops and groups

  • E=MC3 Group (Together to Better Understand) (Families with children 7-11 years old)
  • OSI Teen Group (12-17 years old)
  • A.P.S. Group (After Parental Separation) (7-11 years old)
  • Stress Management Workshop: Billy (8-12 years old)

For more information

Special needs

You are the parent of a child with special needs? See how the VMFRC may help you.

For more information

Occasional childcare

Book by phone 418 844-5000 / ext. 3581 or by email

0-24 months
Occasional childcare. Booking required at least 24 hours in advance.

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8 am to noon and/or noon to 4 pm
Schedules subject to change without notice.

Infant rate
$17,50 per 4 hour period

2-5 years (preschool)

An occasional childcare service for families in the military community (regular/reservist/veteran) and the civilian community. Booking required at least 24 hours in advance.

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 7 am to 4:30 pm
Drop-in rate for one child: $5 per hour or $35 per day.
Two children: $8.50 per hour or $60 per day.

0-5 years (preschool)

Occasional childcare for members of the military community (regular/reservist/veteran) and the civilan community. Booking required at least 24 hours in advance.

Schedule: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Evening drop-in rate
$5 per hour

Has your spouse been away on training, exercise or deployment for a few months? Are you going through a tough time? Are you exhausted? Are your casual childcare arrangements (drop-in daycare, babysitters, family, friends, list of resources, etc) no longer sufficient? In order to help families who are dealing with stressful childcarerelated situations, the VMFRC offers a variety of childcare services to all CAF members at Valcartier Garrison. Please note that there are certain eligibility criteria. To request these services, contact the VMFRC’s navigator so that they can assess your needs.

Since childcare is primarily a parental responsibility, the preventative component of the service encourages the Canadian Armed Forces member to develop an emergency childcare plan (ECP). The plan will be kept at the unit to be used as needed. If the plan falls through or cannot be implemented immediately, the family obligations support service will be available. This service should be considered a back-up for your plan and should be used only as a last resort. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for children of all ages. 

In case of emergency

Day: 418 844-6060 
Evening, week-end and holidays : 418 844-5224

More information

Geneviève Girard

Geneviève Girard

Childhood counsellor

A counsellor by trade, she happily welcomes parents and their children at the “Maison Sésame” on a daily basis. She is always ready to listen and support you in your role as a parent and refer you to specialized resources when needed.

418 844-5000 / ext. 3581