How We Operate

Champ Libre is committed to providing a rich, diversified, stimulating, and open-minded environment to its young people. This environment encourages and fosters self-confidence, autonomy, responsibility, tolerance and respect for individual and collective differences (most notably for different learning styles and rhythms).

Champ Libre operates in a non-sectarian, healthy, and secure space (physically, psychologically, and socially), with a focus on quality of life, cooperation, self-discovery, sharing, empathy, fellowship, and creating warm human relations.

Free from the pressures of performance, evaluation, and output, Champ Libre concentrates on the essential components for creating a natural and caring learning environment.

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The Benefits of Champ Libre

Our space offers some wonderful perks, such as:

  • a bilingual environment
  • surrounded by nature, forest, and walking trails 
  • an awesome hill to sled on in the winter
  • a large room upstairs for group activities (including yoga, meditation, tai chi, hip-hop, etc.)
  • abundant writing and art supplies as well as many books (in English and French)
  • diverse games (including cooperative games)
  • an array of musical instruments, including keyboard piano, guitars, congas and other percussion instruments
  • the possibility to accompany kids in their desire to read, write, and do arithmetic

Adult Facilitators

Adult facilitators at Champ Libre are available at all times to serve as educational, artistic, creative, and emotional resources. They participate actively in the daily life of the centre and are present to answer questions to the best of their abilities. 

They support the development of young people’s projects by putting the proper materials at their disposal and by inviting artists, specialists, and tradespeople from the region to act as mentors and to nourish and support children’s interests and passions.

The Nitty-Gritty

Champ Libre will open initially as a self-directed learning center for kids aged 4-12 years old. The center will open under the form of a private family-run daycare. That way, families will be able to receive advance payments for daycare expenses.

The cost will be $40 per day per child, and the center will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Parents are responsible for supplying lunch and snacks for their children.

The medium-term goal will be to open a space for 20-25 kids, and for the center to be open 4 days per week. Eventually, teens aged 13-17 will be welcomed as well.