Several community groups use the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA) spaces as their home base. Please read on to discover some of the different areas of support available.

Touchpoints Parenting Program

The Touchpoints Parenting Program is a six week practical, relationship based curriculum designed to meet the needs of today’s families with the goal of supporting positive parent-child relationships. The curriculum is a series of parenting modules designed to enable facilitators to come alongside parents as they learn about their children and address issues facing their families.

Parenting Modules include:

  • Parenting Your Unique Child: Joys and Challenges
  • Understanding Your Child’s Development
  • Exploring Your Families’ Culture and Language
  • Nurturing and Caring for Your Children: Keeping Your Children Safe and Healthy
  • Discipline: Your Role as Parents Over Time – Teacher and Guide

If you are interested in learning more or joining the next session (Wednesday evenings via Zoom, July 22-Aug 26) please email Angie and Alesha at

Comox Valley Autism Support Groups

Comox Valley Autism is a family run and directed initiative providing programs, workshops, resources and peer supports to families and caregivers in our community who have children/young adults on the autism spectrum.

Monthly Parent/Caregiver Support Meetings

The group offers monthly meetings with a community of parents who mentor and share their experiences. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month.

Sunday Social Group

Meet peers in your community at one of their new Sunday Social Groups! Simply register for a free participant profile on their website and then sign up for days you wish to attend.

There is no official diagnosis necessary to join these groups. If you have a need for support surrounding autism, they offer peer support to parents/caregivers in a non judgemental and confidential atmosphere.

Find out more about these groups at Comox Valley Autism.

Mothers for Recovery Group

Created by recovering mothers, for recovering mothers: a safe and confidential grassroots support program for mothers and pregnant women seeking recovery from drugs and alcohol.

If you would like more information about this group and the times/location that they meet, please contact Vanessa Hitchcock via email or phone: 250-650-7036.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

This is a supportive group for grandparents temporarily or permanently raising their grandchildren. It is a innovative partnership between the Comox Valley Transition Society and the CVCDA to provide support in this area.

Raising grandchildren can be overwhelming at times. Often it helps to know that you are not alone. This group is free, confidential and can provide support and information about resources available.

If this group might fit your needs, please contact Kathy Cruickshank at the CVCDA (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 230).

Infant Playgroup

This Wednesday morning, drop-in playgroup is open to children ages 0-3 years, who are serviced by either the CVCDA’s Infant Development Program (IDP) or the Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP). The group provides a safe place for babies to play, learn and grow. Parent participation is required. CLICK HERE for current dates and location.

If you would like more information about this group and any upcoming dates, please contact Chelsey Newton (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 223).

Infant Massage Group

This group offers parents and primary caregivers of infants currently receiving servcies at the CVCDA the opportunity to learn the skill of infant massage in a supportive and social environment. Our trained instructors show you how to lovingly and respectfully communicate with their babies through massage.

If you would like more information about this group and any upcoming dates, please contact Chelsey Newton (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 223).

CVCDA's Sibshops GroupSibshop Sibling Group

This is a group for siblings of children with diverse abilities. It provides a great opportunity for siblings to meet other siblings. Fun weekly activities are designed to encourage children to share in their common experiences being siblings of children with diverse abilities.

If you would like more information about this group and any upcoming sessions, please contact Beth, our Family Advocate (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 225).

Circle Of Security Parenting Series

At times, all parents will feel lost or even without a clue about what their child might need from them. The Circle of Security Parenting (TM) program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. This series will assist parents in making sense of what their child is really asking from them with learning objectives such as reading your child’s emotional needs, supporting emotional management and enhancing the development of your child’s self esteem.

If you would like more information about this group and the times that they meet, please contact Kathy Cruickshank (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 230) or Lindsay Friis (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 224).

Playgroup for children with Down Syndrome

This is a drop-in playgroup facilitated by the Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society  providing a safe and secure space for children diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Parents and their children will have the opportunity to play at their own pace and families can share questions, concerns, resources and support with one another.

Group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month in the Family Place at CVCDA, 10:00am-11:30am. For more information contact Natasha Newton 250-465-2923.

Preemie Support Group

The support group hosted by the CVCDA’s Infant Development Program provides support and guidance to the families of babies born prematurely (preemies). 

If you would like more information about this group and any upcoming dates, please contact Chelsey Newton (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 223) or Jennifer McInnes (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 235).