SNAP®, which stands for Stop Now And Plan, is an evidence-based behavioural model that provides a framework for teaching children struggling with behaviour issues, and their parents, effective emotional regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills. The primary goal of SNAP is to keep children in school and out of trouble by helping them make better choices "in the moment."
Other SNAP programs include: SNAP Youth Programs, SNAP Schools, SNAP for Aboriginal Communities, SNAP Youth Justice and Camp Wimodausis. For descriptions of these programs, please see the Other SNAP programs section.
SNAP is in the midst of a national expansion project. The SNAP National Expansion Campaign, supported by LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact and their sector partners (Boston Consulting Group, Cossette, Ernst and Young, McCarthy Tetrault, Offord Group), aims to increase the number of SNAP Affiliates to 140 across Canada, making SNAP available to an additional 20,000 children and families.
Is there a fee for SNAP programs?
Funding from government, corporate and private donations allow us to provide SNAP programs at no cost. Free child care for younger children is available while parents attend group sessions. Assistance with transportation to and from group sessions is available upon request.
How do I enroll my child in SNAP?
In Toronto, parents are encouraged to contact the Intake Line at 416-603-1827, ext. 3143. The intake worker will ask you a series of questions to determine eligibility for SNAP.
Children under 12 who have had contact with the law can be directly referred by police through the Toronto Centralized Services Police Protocol intake line at 416-654-8989. Many other communities have modelled their police-community referral processes after the Toronto model.
Teachers, social workers, police and other service providers may facilitate a referral with written consent from the parent or legal guardian.
“After completing the 13 week SNAP program, I can now see a light at the end of the tunnel! I have learned to gauge and foresee outbursts. Those lessons have proven to be invaluable to me as a mother."