Parent/Caregiver Information Links
211 is Canada’s primary source of information on government and community based health and social services. To speak directly with an information specialist dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211.ca .
Active Grand – This organization promotes physical activity among individuals and their families. This site provides free and low-cost ways for you and your family to enjoy local physical activity.
Arnold Anderson Sport Fund – Does your child/youth want to participate in a sport but the financial commitment is beyond your means? The Arnold Anderson Sport Fund is here to help! Financial assistance up to $350.00 per child may be available to Brantford residents up to 18 years of age. For more information and an application contact us at 519-759-8404 or visit www.arnoldandersonsportfund.com . Sports for ALL Kids
Better Speech and Hearing – Provides information about language development and delay, along with warning signs to looks for. This site also outlines the importance of getting help early for any concerns involving language and speech.
Brant Pregnancy and Resource Centre – Resource centre for pregnant teens and their families. This organization offers support and services regarding pregnancy, parenting and relationships. Not only is there service available for teen moms, but also dads and other family members.
Bully Stop Now – Bullying is rampant in schools and affects kids from kindergarten to grade 12. You hear about bullying constantly in the media, but how do you help stop it from happening to your child? https://www.amazon.ca/Bully-Stop-Now-Greg-Anderson/dp/0968388019
Car Seat Safety Check – Government of Canada information on installing a car seat (rear and forward facing), booster seat and seat belt.
Caring For Kids – information for parents from Canada’s pediatricians.
Dad Central Ontario– Dad Central offers a variety of great resources and can help you connect with fathering programs and services in your area.
Early Childhood Development – Provides a detailed summary for what to expect when expecting all the way to what to expect from a school aged child. It explains helpful ideas of how to help/assist your child to succeed and grow during each stage of development.
Electronic Cigarettes – A Guide for Parents and Educators
Families Canada– About Us, Membership, Resources, Conference, Directory etc.
Food4Kids – Food4Kids provides packages of healthy food for kids aged 4-14 years with limited or no access to food each weekend. Packages of healthy food are prepared by volunteers and delivered to schools each Friday to ensure children have nourishment over the weekend. There are 1,500 children in Hamilton struggling through each weekend without food. Help fight child hunger in our own community. When kids leave school for the weekend, they should not have to worry about how they will be fed. Go to www.food4kids.ca for more details. There is a program in Brantford.
Full Day Kindergarten – Providing families with information regarding Full Day Kindergarten (FDK)
Health Canada Recalls– This section contains an overview of Health Canada and provides you points of entry to many Health Canada-specific related topics.
Healthy Babies, Healthy Brain (a project by The Best Start Resource Centre of Health Nexus) As a parent, you play an important role in the development of your baby’s brain. You are your baby’s most important connection to the world. You interact daily with your baby. These interactions have a life-long effect on your baby’s ability to reach full potential. This website will help you support your baby’s brain development.
La Leche League Canada – Brantford – Promotes and provides Mother-to-Mother Breastfeeding support and educational opportunities. Monthly meetings are held for group members, giving women access to accurate, up-to-date breastfeeding information.
LDAO Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario – It is a great resource for parents or educators about learning disabilities. You learn about different types of learning disabilities as well as their definitions. It provides concerned parents and educators a list of some common signs of learning disabilities.
Lice Squad – If your child or someone in your family has head lice, you are probably feeling concerned, helpless, and overwhelmed. But there’s no need to panic. Although there is a stigma associated with head lice, it’s actually quite common, especially among young children. Read more.
Multiple Births Canada – is a site that provides resources for families with multiples. It also contains links for professionals who are working with multi-birth families.
Ontario Autism Program – Effective June 26th, all new referrals for autism service int he regions of Hamilton, Brant, Haldimand-Norfolk and Niagara can be made through our new toll free number 855.707.1177. The number will provide a single point of access for autism services for families and referral sources living within these communities.
Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services – This website provides information about numerous topics for children and youth.
Parent Guide – the all-in-one website for busy parents
Parents Matter – Resources for parents. Includes “Making Choices: A Parenting Program Inventory”.
Partners for Planning Resource Network – Are you a parent of a child with a disability? Are you concerned about their future?
Reaching In Reaching Out – Resiliency Resources for Parents – Looking for ways to help your child bounce back from life’s challenges? Want to help your child build confidence? Learn self-control? Develop a positive outlook? You’ve come to the right place. Resilience helps us get through tough times as we travel the “Road of Life.” And all of us have the capacity to develop resilience.
Sesame Street – Little Children, Big Challenges – Little Children, Big Challenges, Sesame Workshop’s resilience initiative, aims to help children build self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and emotional tools they need to cope with adversity. Resilient children have the ability not only to overcome difficult situations (including bullying, divorce, sibling rivalry, and relocation) but also to learn from – and be strengthened by – challenges throughout their lives. Resources include tips and strategies to help parents and children (ages 2 to 5) navigate challenges and build lifelong skills for resilience.
S.N.A.P. – SNAP© is an award winning, evidence based manualized cognitive behavioural strategy that was developed at the Child Development Institute in Toronto, Ontario over 30 years ago.
Taylors Rights – My body belongs to me “Taylor the Turtle”. I have the right to a safe body!!! Information for Teachers, Parents and Caring Adults. Beginning in 2012, the Sexual Assault Centre began to formally recognize community supporters of Taylor the Turtle. For more information on this project, please contact Sexual Assault Centre 519.751.3471 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The LookSee Checklist – Developmental screening tool for infants and children up to six years of age. This affordable screening tool will assist in the early identification of any developmental delays.
Welcome Here – Resources and links for community organizations and newcomer families.