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Child Care and Early Learning

  • Centre-based child care programs operate year-round and are located in schools, workplaces, churches or in a child care centre. The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services maintains a searchable database of licensed child care centres on its ...
  • This section lists programs and services offering child care services in the child’s or the provider's home.
  • Preschool and nursery school programs provide education-based programs designed to prepare children for kindergarten. Many of these programs operate half-days during the school year. The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services maintains a ...
  • Child care programs that operate before and after school and during Professional Development days and March break to accommodate school-aged children.
  • Parents on limited income or in need may be eligible for financial help with child care costs.
  • Information to help you raise your children, such as referral to available services, is offered by telephone helplines and Internet sites.
  • Libraries and Resource Centres house a wide variety of health information resources. These are made available to the community on a loan basis or as special collections available for research. Hospital medical libraries have specialized materials and ...
  • Mentoring programs provide support and advice to young people through a one-on-one relationship with an adult volunteer. The mentor assists them in overcoming any challenges they may face.
  • Ontario Early Years Centres offer free programs for children up to the age of six and their parents and caregivers. Information about child development and other services is also available.

Cultural and Recreational Programs for Children and Families

  • Community Health Centres provide primary care, health promotion, education and illness prevention services using a community development approach. Health Centres are staffed by health care professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, ...
  • Community resource centres provide community access to a wide variety of health and social services to individuals of all ages.
  • Fitness centres and health clubs provide activities for all ages aimed at maintaining and improving people’s physical good health.
  • Federal, provincial, municipal, and Aboriginal service centres administer government functions and oversee the delivery of public services.
  • Non-profit or government programs and services that deal with the immigration, refugee and citizenship process. Includes courses for preparing for the citizenship test.
  • Libraries and Resource Centres house a wide variety of health information resources. These are made available to the community on a loan basis or as special collections available for research. Hospital medical libraries have specialized materials and ...
  • Ontario Early Years Centres offer free programs for children up to the age of six and their parents and caregivers. Information about child development and other services is also available.
  • Youth Centres offer social and recreational activities, snacks, information and support, and in some cases counselling for teens.

Health Services

  • Alcohol and drug programs provide therapy and mutual support for individuals who abuse drugs and/or alcohol, to help them better understand their dependency and to support their efforts to recover.
  • This section lists programs and services providing health care services to children and youth.
  • Community Health Centres provide primary care, health promotion, education and illness prevention services using a community development approach. Health Centres are staffed by health care professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, ...
  • The health care treatment facilities listed here have a special interest in the health care needs of children and youth.
  • Hospitals provide a variety of inpatient and outpatient programs and services. Many provide learning opportunities for health science students and participate in the conduct of health and medical research.
  • Walk-in clinics provide prompt medical care for people who require care and do not have a family doctor or who are unable to reach them. Generally, appointments are not needed.
  • Wish programs provide support for terminally or gravely ill children or youth, by granting them one wish.

Parenting Education and Support

  • This section list services offering support and counselling for pregnant youth and women. Maternity homes provide shelter as well as care and support services and instruction in child care, for women who are unable to remain in their own homes.
  • Classes and groups are available to assist grandparents in raising their grandchildren.
  • Parenting education programs provide classes, individual consultation or other educational opportunities for parents or potential parents who want to acquire the knowledge and skills to be effective in their parenting role.
  • Parenting groups bring together parents who wish to share common problems, concerns or ideas about parenting and child-rearing.

Prenatal and Postpartum Services

  • Information and resources for those who wish to adopt, who have adopted, or who were adopted and want to find their biological parents.
  • This section lists services that offer information and support for breastfeeding mothers.
  • This section lists medical services related to the delivery and follow-up care of babies.
  • This section list services offering support and counselling for pregnant youth and women. Maternity homes provide shelter as well as care and support services and instruction in child care, for women who are unable to remain in their own homes.
  • Doulas are specially trained caregivers providing emotional, physical and educational support to women and their families during childbirth and postpartum. Care for new families in the first weeks after birth includes household help and advice with ...
  • Hospitals provide a variety of inpatient and outpatient programs and services. Many provide learning opportunities for health science students and participate in the conduct of health and medical research.
  • Infertility is defined as the inability to achieve a pregnancy after one year of trying. Infertility services provide diagnostic and treatment services for people who have been unable to conceive children.
  • Programs providing midwifery services by registered midwives.
  • Postpartum depression (PPD) is a severe form of depression that affects new mothers usually within a year after the birth of their baby.
  • Prenatal classes and programs offer education, information and advice to pregnant women and their partners to ensure the healthy development and birth of their baby, as well as the health and well-being of the parents.

Safety and Welfare

  • The following programs provide information and/or interventions for individuals and/or families who are coping with the trauma arising from child abuse. Child abuse includes abandonment, neglect, or emotional, physical or sexual abuse by a parent or ...
  • The aim of child safety programs is to prevent injury through educating about traffic safety, bike safety, fire safety, rail and personal safety, stranger danger and electrical and other household hazards.
  • Victims and survivors of physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse can find emergency shelter and housing, health care, legal services, emotional support, counselling, system navigation services, and accompaniment services for interviews or ...
  • First aid courses provide instruction in basic lifesaving techniques such as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), child safety and water safety.
  • Public Health Units provide programs that protect and improve the health of the community through comprehensive efforts to prevent, control and eradicate communicable disease; eliminate environmental health hazards; and recognize, prevent and control ...
  • Shelters for Women offer short-term accommodation along with other supports, such as counselling, meals, recreation and emergency transportation. Some shelters also provide longer-term accommodation. Drop-in centres offer social and recreational ...

Services for Children and Families with Special Needs

  • Children and youth with disabilities have physical, developmental, mental or emotional challenges, illnesses or injuries that prevent or interfere with their ability to perform intellectual or physical tasks, or which can significantly limit their ...
  • Learning disabilities affect the way in which a person takes in, remembers, understands and expresses information. Living with a learning disability can have an ongoing impact on friendships, school, work, self-esteem and daily life.
  • Mental health programs for children and youth provide preventive, diagnostic and treatment services in a variety of community and hospital-based settings to help them achieve, maintain and enhance their state of well-being, personal empowerment and ...
  • Respite care offers temporary, substitute living arrangements or special care in the home for children with disabilities in order to provide a brief period of relief or rest (usually more than twenty-four hours) for the family members, guardians or ...
  • Speech and language programs help individuals who have a communication disorder, such as voice disorders, hearing impairment, delayed language skills, cleft palate or tongue disorder, stutter or aphasia.

Social and Financial Supports

  • Help with managing your money and dealing with debt and credit problems.
  • These programs distribute clothing and household items to people in need. The thrift shops listed here will provide clothing vouchers for in-store purchases.
  • Getting and using fresh, nutritional food can be difficult on a low income. In addition to Good Food boxes, available services offer help with the budgeting and planning of meals, and may include collective projects such as community kitchens and ...
  • Community Health Centres provide primary care, health promotion, education and illness prevention services using a community development approach. Health Centres are staffed by health care professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, ...
  • Community legal clinics provide a variety of services including legal advice, legal representation and public legal education.
  • Community resource centres provide community access to a wide variety of health and social services to individuals of all ages.
  • Unemployed or underemployed people can get help through drop-in resource centres, job search assistance programs, and job-skills workshops. Employment counselling and career planning services provide information on the labour market, grants, funding, ...
  • Unemployed or underemployed youth and young adults can get help through drop-in resource centres, job search assistance programs, and job-skills workshops. Employment counselling and career planning services provide information on the labour market, ...
  • Ethnocultural groups give people of a similar language and/or culture an opportunity to gather and work together to meet common needs. Many provide assistance to newcomers, supporting them to thrive in their new community.
  • The programs listed here provide financial assistance for low income families with young children.
  • Government and community programs offer financial assistance to persons with disabilities for income support and to help with the costs of equipment and home modification.
  • Financial assistance is available to help pay rent and utilities so people can remain in their homes.
  • Food banks provide food items on an emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Banks usually provide a one to three day supply of food, once a month to once every three months, per individual or family. Identification for each family member ...
  • A program that provides a sit-down meal to individuals and families in need. Some programs operate for a part of the year only; schedules may change or special meals may be held during holidays or the summer.
  • Assistance is provided to individuals and families with low and moderate incomes to find affordable housing. Affordable housing is provided by public, non-profit, co-operative or inexpensive private housing. The Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (see ...
  • Non-profit or government programs and services that deal with the immigration, refugee and citizenship process. Includes courses for preparing for the citizenship test.
  • Shelters for Youth offer short-term accommodation along with other supports, such as counselling, meals, recreation and emergency transportation. Some shelters also provide longer-term accommodation. Drop-in centres offer social and recreational ...
  • Various groups exist to coordinate community responses to a variety of social issues, such as homelessness.