Baby and Toddler Resources in Ottawa

There are a variety of Ottawa Public Health services to make it easier for your child to grow up healthy in Ottawa:

There are a variety of other great resources available in your community:

 Parenting Courses

Family Services Ottawa 

Family Services Ottawa offers a wide variety of parenting programs covering many different topics, and can help you through the difficulties that come with parenthood. Plus, you'll meet other parents who are going through the same things as you are.

EarlyON child and family centre

The EarlyON child and family centres offer a variety of workshops on parenting and child development topics to support families of children 0-6 in their parenting journey. These are a great opportunities to gain knowledge, create connections with service providers and other families.

Life with a new baby

Welcome to the world of parenting!  As the parent of a new baby, you will experience many changes and may have many questions.  Ottawa Public Health is here to help.  Visit our Life with a new baby page.

Health and development

Growth and Development
Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (OCTC)

OCTC works with children, youth and some adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities. This service is for people who live in Eastern Ontario and want to reach their full potential.

First Words

First Words is for families of preschool children who live in Ottawa. First Words focuses on preventing and finding speech and language problems early. They also offer treatment for these problems.

EarlyON child and family centre

EarlyON child and family centres are free places for parents and caregivers to take their children. They can take part in many programs and activities. They can also get information about their child's development. If you have children up to the age of 6, EarlyON centres are a great resource for you.

Parenting & Family Literacy Centres (PFLC)

Parenting and Family Literacy Centres help get children ready for school. They are free, drop-in programs for parents and caregivers. If you have children up to the age of 6, PFLCs are a great place for you.

Looksee Checklist® (formerly Nipissing District Developmental Screen®-NDDS)

Best Start: On Track Guide (PDF)

Ministry of Children and Youth Services: Your baby's speech and language skills

Ministry of Children and Youth Services: Blindness and low vision

Behaviour

Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (OCTC)

OCTC works with children, youth and some adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities. This service is for people who live in Eastern Ontario and want to reach their full potential.

Autism Parent Resource Kit - an online resource to help parents, caregivers and families better understand autism and the range of services and support available in Ontario.

Canadian Paediatric Society

Centre of Excellence

Mental Health and Attachment

Crossroads Children's Centre

The Crossroads Children's Centre is a children's mental health centre. It has services for children up to age 12 and their families. The Crossroads team has specialized skills.They offer treatment, support and life-skills training. They help children and their families with different mental health needs.

Centre Psychosocial

Centre Psychosocial offers mental health services in French. Families who have children from birth to age 17 can use these services.

Best Start: My Child and I Attachment for Life (PDF)

Best Start: Healthy Baby Healthy Brain

Parenting in Ottawa: Postpartum depression

Toilet Learning

Caring for Kids: Toilet learning

Sleep

Public Health Agency of Canada: Safe Sleep

Health Canada: Is Your Child Safe? Sleep Time

Caring for Kids: Healthy sleep for your baby and child

Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development: Sleeping behaviour

Healthy Eating

MarketMobile

NutriSTEP®

Dietitians of Canada: Children's Nutrition

Health Canada: Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide

Active Play
EarlyON child and family centre

EarlyON child and family centres are free places for parents and caregivers to take their children. They can take part in many programs and activities. They can also get information about their child's development. If you have children up to the age of 6, OEYCs are a great resource for you.

City of Ottawa: Recreation Guide

Have a Ball Together (Best Start by Health Nexus) - This website will give you the tools you need to be able to promote and encourage physical activity for children 0-6.

Inspiring play for baby - Active for Life

Activity ideas for toddlers and others - Active for Life

EarlyON child and family centre

EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free drop-in programs for parents and caregivers with children from birth to 6 years old. At an EarlyON Centre, you can play with your child, meet people and learn about your child's development. If you have children up to the age of 6, EarlyON Centres are a great resource for you.

Dental Health
Ottawa Public Health: Healthy Smiles for Young Children (PDF)
Immunization

Immunization

Update Your Child's Immunization Record

Ontario's Routine Immunization Schedule (PDF)

Second-Hand Smoke

Ottawa Public Health: Smoke Free Regulations

Canadian Cancer Society: Second Hand Smoke

Ontario.ca: Smoke-free Ontario

Baby and Toddler Safety

Indoor Safety

Caring for Kids: Basic home safety: A checklist

Caring for Kids: Keeping Kids Safe

Health Canada: Is Your Child Safe?

Outdoor Safety

Caring for Kids: Keeping Kids Safe

Health Canada: Extreme Cold

Car Seat Safety

Parenting in Ottawa: Child Passenger Safety

S.E.A.T.S. for Kids Canada

Ottawa Safety Council: Car Seat Program

General

General

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Andrew Fleck Childcare Services

Banff Community House

Better Beginnings Better Futures

Blair Court Community House

Boys and Girls Club

Brighter Futures for Children of Young Parents

Centre des services communautaires Vanier

Centre Psychosocial

Centrepointe Co-operative Nursery School

Centretown Community Health Centre

CHEO

Children's Aid Society of Ottawa

Children's Inclusion Support Services

City of Ottawa Childcare Services

City of Ottawa Parks and Recreation 

City View Child & Family Services

Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres

Conseil des écoles catholiques du centre-est

Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO)

Crossroads Children's Centre

Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre

Family Services Ottawa

Grandir ensemble

Hawthorne Meadows Nursery School

Lowertown Community Resource Centre

Michele Heights Community House

Military Family Resource Centre

Ministry of Child and Youth Services

EarlyON Child and Family Centres - Nepean Carleton

EarlyON Child and Family Centres - Ottawa South

Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre

Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre

Ottawa Police Service

Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Library 

Parent Resource Centre

Parenting and Family Literacy Centres

Pinecrest-Queenway Community Health Centre

Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre - First Words

Rural Family Connections

Russell Heights Community House

Service Coordination for people with disabilities

Somerset West Community Health Centre

South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre 

St. Mary's Home 

Walking in my shoes

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre 

YMCA-YWCA

Youville Centre

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