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British Columbia


  • The Community Action Program for Children (Public Health Agency of Canada, Manitoba/Saskatchewan) supports projects for Aboriginal/Métis/Inuit and other marginalized families in urban and rural/remote communities in Manitoba.
  • Families First offers home visiting supports to families with children, from pregnancy to school entry. Delivered across the province by public health, helps families find appropriate community resources.
  • Healthy Baby Community Support Programs: For pregnant women and new parents, offering parenting support, information about infant development and healthy nutrition, healthy lifestyle options and the opportunity to connect with other parents. Programs in Winnipeg and across the province.
  • Looking for Child Care: Information from the Manitoba Child Care Association.
  • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P): Videos, podcasts and other resources

New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Child care information for families from Department of Child, Youth and Family Services
  • The Community Action Program for Children (Public Health Agency of Canada, Atlantic region) funds projects for families and young children throughout the province.
  • Department of Health and Community Services supports:
    • BABIES (Before Birth and Beyond: Information, Education and Support), a prenatal   education and support program for pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
    • Healthy Beginnings (universal postnatal follow-up program), offered by public health nurses
    • Child Health Clinic program.
    • Preschool Health Check program.
  • Family Resource Centres (including Healthy Baby Clubs) provide a variety of community-based activities and resources for children and families that emphasize early childhood development and parenting support.
  • Labrador Friendship Centre’s Aboriginal Family Centre promotes social, cultural, educational, physical, emotional, and nutritional growth with Métis, Innu and Inuit children (from infancy to 6 years), their parents, and caregivers in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
  • Provincial Perinatal Program provides a follow-up clinic to infants at high risk for developmental delay.

Northwest Territories

  • Centre for Northern Families (Yellowknife Women’s Society) runs Health Baby/Toddlers Clubs and other programs supporting the health, social, cultural and economic well-being of marginalized women and families.
  • Early Childhood Services for First Nations, Inuit and all other children in the NWT are licensed and monitored by the Dept. of Education, Culture and Employment. Click on the link for parents to access information about child care.
  • The Community Action Program for Children (Public Health Agency of Canada, Northern region) runs five early intervention/family support projects in the Northwest Territories.
  • Healthy Child Initiative supports the development of children from prenatal to age six, focusing on prevention and health promotion and supporting a wide range of programs and services from primary intervention to therapeutic services.
  • The Healthy Family Program, offered by the Yellowknife Health & Social Services Authority, is a voluntary home visitation program for families with young children.
  • Northwest Territories Aboriginal Head Start Program
  • The NWT Literacy Council Resource Library’s online catalogue has more than 1500 items, including books, kits, videos and software. All resources are available to NWT Literacy Council members.
  • Yellowknife Playgroup Association provides Moms and Tots programs and a healthy environment for parents and pre-schoolers to connect with others in the community.

Nova Scotia

  • Child care information for families including a directory of licensed facilities and help for finding care.
  • The Community Action Program for Children (Public Health Agency of Canada) funds projects in Nova Scotia through permanent family resource centres and outreach sites throughout the province.
  • Nova Scotia’s Department of Community Services provides a range of community-based, prevention-oriented services to children, youth, and their families.
  • The Early Childhood Development Resource Centre offers resource and training support for early learning and child care professionals, students and the community.
  • Early Intervention Programs deliver family-centred services to children with special needs, from birth to when they enter school.
  • Kids First Family Resource Program offers outreach, home visiting, parenting, parent ‘n tot drop-ins, parent and child interactive and school-readiness programming in Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties.
  • Parenting Resource Centres: Contact information for local programs across Nova Scotia
  • The Read to Me, Nova Scotia Family Literacy Program allows trained family literacy practitioners to meet with families in hospital within 24 hours of giving birth, with information about early brain and language development and the benefits of talking, reading and singing to babies from birth. Every family receives a free tote bag with two high quality infant board books, a resource booklet, a CD of nursery rhymes and lullabies, a video, an invitation to the public library and coupons for books.



  • Action for Family Literacy Ontario (AFLO) is a provincial working group of the Ontario Literacy Coalition, committed to developing a plan to move family literacy forward in Ontario. AFLO works in areas such as advocacy, communication and coordination, professional development, and research.
  • Community Action Program for Children (Public Health Agency of Canada, Ontario/Nunavut region) runs early intervention/family support projects in Ontario. 
  • Odawa Native Friendship Centre is a non-profit organization serving Aboriginal communities in Eastern Ontario, offering the Odawa Sweetgrass Home Childcare Agency, Healthy Babies/Healthy Children, and other family supports.
  • Ontario Early Years Centres offer services and programs for parents of children up to the age of six, including prenatal guidance, early literacy, positive parenting skills and information about other community programs.
  • The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, administers Best Start: Ontario’s Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre.
  • Ottawa’s 18-month well-baby visit pathway: Provides contact information for a range of local referral resources, from community parenting programs to speech and language services.
  • Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children programs are focused on the long-term health prospects of children aged 0 to 6. They include pre- and post-natal screening and assessment, home visits, and service coordination and support.
  • Parent Resource Centre in Ottawa has resources for all parents, caregivers and those supporting them in Ontario.
  • Toronto Early Childhood and Family Resource System: Lists contacts and agencies to help improve coordination between practitioners, parents and community services, especially with regard to developmental screening at the 18-month visit.

Prince Edward Island

  • Child care: Directory of licensed early childhood programs in PEI.
  • The PEI Children’s Secretariat is a network of community and government representatives working across sectors, communities and departments to improve outcomes for children birth to 8 years.
  • Community Action Program for Children (Public Health Agency of Canada, Atlantic region) runs early intervention/family support projects on the PEI, each offering services through several outreach sites to better serve rural communities.
  • Family Place is a resource centre in Summerside offering a range of programs and services for children from conception to age six and for their families.
  • Family Resource Centres offer programs for children and families including parent education and support groups, parent resources, prenatal nutrition programs, drop-in play, toy-lending libraries, and outreach.
  • Health PEI Centres
  • Mi’Kmaq Family Resource Centre operates a regulated Aboriginal Head Start program in Charlottetown.
  • The PEI Literacy Alliance advances literacy for the people of Prince Edward Island. Programs include tutors and education for adults, tutors for children, homework clubs, reading circles and reading tents.




Last updated: Sep 13 2018