New preschool program launched in Neepawa


Miranda Leybourne
Neepawa Banner & Press

A brand new program for young children and their caregivers launched in Neepawa on Feb. 1. Wiggle, Giggle & Munch is a free parent-child program that focuses on physical activity and nutrition for children ages five years old and under. It will include games, songs, crafts and snacks, and is being put on by the Town of Neepawa’s Recreation Services on Thursday mornings until Mar. 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at ArtsForward.

Nicole Synchyshyn, Director of Recreation Services with the Town of Neepawa, said she applied for funding for the new program through the Assiniboine North Parent Child Care Coalition. “That way, we’re able to offer the program free of charge to families,” she explains. “I think this is important because it eliminates some barriers that could [prevent] families from participating.” Synchyshyn said programs like Wiggle, Giggle & Munch are an integral part of a healthy community.

“Programs like this are great opportunities for families to get out and meet new people,” she explains. “It’s a cheap, fun and exciting way for children to socialize with other children their age.” Val Leboutillier, who facilitates the Step Together preschool program, is running the program along with Synchyshyn.