In 1974, the first meetings of a group of parents and a group of single mothers took place at the initiative of Rosaire Tremblay, a Jesuit worker priest from Montreal.
Later, in 1981, the group was recognized as the “Local Ensemble” and hired the first two employees to work with children. It has since then offered several mutual aid activities for a diverse family clientele.
In 1987, the “Local Ensemble” opened the day-care center, started family education services, as well as a project on mother-child relationships in the context of mental health issues, in collaboration with the CLSC.
With 23 years of operation and with the objective of continuing to offer services and resources to a diverse clientele, the Local Ensemble expanded its premises.
In 2002, the general assembly accepted the new name of Local Ensemble: Famijeunes.
Over the next nine years, the organization has worked to develop and strengthen its community network. Famijeunes became an integral part of the neighborhood and participated in several social consultation bodies.
This second facility has enabled Famijeunes to accommodate a greater number of children and therefore to integrate children with special needs. This therefore marks an important step in our history, since we are committed to the inclusion of all.
In these two facilities, our CPE now receives one hundred and nine (109) children, from infants to "older children" of five (5) years old. They are divided into 11 groups.
In 2011, based on the needs of its team as well as for the retention and development of human resources, Famijeunes restructured its policies and working conditions.
In 2012, in its mission as a unifying organization, Famijeunes welcomed a support group for transgender children and their parents, which would later become an independent non-profit organization: http://enfantstransgenres.ca/
In 2013, after a concern was raised at a community roundtable, a new project specifically aimed at fathers was created, a logical progression of a service that was offered to fathers in the 1980s. Community work amongst fathers was taken with an individual approach to incorporate them to the Famijeunes collective.