March 18 marked the official inauguration of Garderie Ribambelle Montréal, the first Portage-subsidized daycare. This event, held at the Mother and Child centre, originated from Portage's strong dedication to assisting mothers facing addiction issues regain control over their lives while preserving their vital bond with their children.

We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to Suzanne Roy, Minister of Families, as well as Guillaume Cliche-Rivard, Member for Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne, for their support and outstanding collaboration on this project.

A special thank you to May, a young mother and former resident of the Mother and Child program, whose testimony moved the participants deeply. Her story is a living testament to the positive impact of our work and the hope we can offer to other mothers. May reminds us that every effort to support these brave mothers is a step towards a better future for them and their children.


Mother & Child Program

For over 25 years, Portage has offered addiction rehabilitation services specifically tailored for mothers with young children (ages 0 to 5) and pregnant women.

This residential program allows mothers to start their rehabilitation therapy while maintaining closeness with their children.

La Ribambelle daycare

During the day, while these women take important steps toward regaining control of their lives, their children are cared for at La Ribambelle, a subsidized private daycare provided by Portage. The services at La Ribambelle are not only available to the children of the women enrolled in the Mother & Child program, but also to the children of the staff.

A dedicated team of early childhood educators delivers an educational program within a safe and nurturing environment, with the primary goal of supporting every child in reaching their fullest potential.

The educators are deeply committed to fostering the well-being and development of children of all ages. They place a strong emphasis on working closely with the mothers, ensuring they remain a central figure in their children's lives. This approach is complemented by a collaborative effort with the substance use treatment team, providing a continuous support system for the child's development.


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