KidCareCanada Society supports the work of trustworthy, like-minded organizations such as those listed here.
Frequently Used Sites
- Canadian Paediatric Society - http://www.cps.ca/
- Caring for Kids http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/
- Best Chance - http://www.bestchance.gov.bc.ca/
- Ministry of Children and Family Development - http://www.gov.bc.ca/mcf/
- Ministry of Health Services - http://www.gov.bc.ca/health/index.html
- Aboriginal Healthy Living Secretariat - http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/aboriginal/
- Women’s Healthy Living Secretariat - http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/women-and-children/
- Sooke Family Resource Society - http://www.sfrs.ca/
- National Family Resource Programs - http://www.frp.ca/
- Roots of Empathy - http://rootsofempathy.org/
- Alberta Family Wellness Initiative - www.albertafamilywellness.org
- Montessori International - http://www.montessori-ami.org/
- Montessori Training Centre of BC - www.tcbc-mtcbc-ami.org
- American Academy of Pediatrics - http://www.aap.org/
- Victoria Native Friendship Centre - http://www.vnfc.ca/
- Public Library - http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/pls/
- Success by Six - http://www.successby6victoria.ca/
Pregnancy & Prenatal
- About Kids Health- Pregnancy - www.aboutkidshealth.ca/pregnancy
- Babies Today - www.babiestoday.com
- Best Chance - www.bestchance.gov.bc.ca/pregnancy
- Caring for Kids (Pregnancy) - www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/pregnancybabies-index
- Childbirth Connection - www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10355
- Midwifery Today - www.midwiferytoday.com
- Motherisk - www.motherisk.org
- Perinatal Services BC - www.perinatalservicesbc.ca
Parenting & Childcare
- Baby Go Round - http://www.babygoround.ca/
- Fathers’ Roles in the Care and Development of Their Children: The Role of Pediatricians http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/06/10/peds.2016...
- Health Canada for Parents - www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/jfy-spv/parents-eng.php
- Kangaroo Mother Care - www.kangaroomothercare.com
- Heart-Mind Online - Educating the Heart http://heartmindonline.org
- Tresillian (non-profit organisation that assists Australian families) https://www.tresillian.org.au/
- Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - developingchild.harvard.edu
- Child and Family Web Guide - www.cfw.tufts.edu
- Child Development Core Story - http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/project-for-babies/
- Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Online - www.dbpeds.org
- Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development - www.child-encyclopedia.com
- Growing Healthy Canadians - www.growinghealthykids.com
- Health Nexus / Best Start: Ontario's Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre - http://www.beststart.org/about_us/index.html
- Human Early Learning Partnership - www.earlylearning.ubc.ca
- Infant and Child Research at McGill http://www.psych.mcgill.ca/labs/bebe/english/
- Medline Plus - www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/infantandtoddlerdevelopment.html
- NBC toolkit for parents: http://www.parenttoolkit.com/
- Nexus Santé http://fr.meilleurdepart.org
- Read to Me http://www.readtome.ca
- Room to Read - http://www.roomtoread.org/
- VROOM http://www.joinvroom.org/?gclid=COLA8L7nv9ICFUJrfgodsr0LwQ
- ZERO TO THREE - www.zerotothree.org
Child & Youth Health
- About Kids Health - www.aboutkidshealth.ca
- Attachment Parenting International - www.attachmentparenting.org
- Canada Health Network: Children - www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ch-se-eng.php?rd=children_enfant_eng
- Child & Youth Health Network https://childyouthhealth.org
- Institute for Attachment & Child Development - www.instituteforattachment.org
- Island Health Magazine http://www.viha.ca/about_viha/news/magazine
- KidsHealth - www.kidshealth.org
- The Importance of Infant Mental Health http://www.pulsus.com/journals/abstract.jsp?atlKy=14039&isuKy=1309&jnlKy...
- Vancouver Coastal Health (Children and Youth) - www.vch.ca/your-health/children/
- American Academy of Paediatrics - www.aap.org
- Big Brothers and Sisters of Canada - www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
- Breastfeeding Committee for Canada http://www.breastfeedingcanada.ca
- Canadian Association for Young Children - www.cayc.ca
- Canadian Child Care Federation - www.cccf-fcsge.ca
- Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children – www.rightsofchildren.ca
- Canadian Paediatric Society - www.cps.ca
- Childcare Resource and Research Unit - www.childcarecanada.org
- Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning: http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/
- Connect for Kids - connectforkids.ca/
- Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education’s Heart-Mind online: http://heartmindonline.org/
- Institute for Child Rights and Development - www.iicrd.org
- National Children’s Alliance - www.nationalchildrensalliance.com/nca/index.htm
- The National Council on Family Relations - www.ncfr.org
- National Head Start Association - www.nhsa.org
- National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition - www.hmhb.org/index.html
- National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - http://developingchild.harvard.edu/
- Public Health Agency of Canada - www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/mh-sm/preg_dep-eng.php
- Red Cross of Canada http://www.redcross.ca
- Representatives for Children and Youth - www.rcybc.ca/
- Research in Early Education and Child Health - www.creche.sfu.ca/
- Society for Research in Child Development - www.srcd.org
- United Way Greater Victoria - http://uwgv.ca/kids/
- United Way Lower Mainland - http://www.uwlm.ca/
BC Organizations for Children and Youth
- BC Council for Families - www.bccf.ca
- BC Family Child Care Association - www.wcfcca.ca
- BC Healthy Kids Program - www.eia.gov.bc.ca/publicat/bcea/HealthyKids.htm
- The Boys and Girls Club of BC - www.bgc-gv.bc.ca/
- The Boys And Girls Club Victoria - http://www.bgcvic.org/
- Child Care BC HelpLine - www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/parents.htm
- Children First – www.bcchildrenfirst.ca
- Early Childhood Educators of B.C. - www.ecebc.ca
- Family Services of Greater Vancouver – http://fsgv.ca
- HELP (Human Early Learning Partnership) - www.earlylearning.ubc.ca
- Jewish Family Services VI - http://www.jfsvi.ca/
- Infant Development Program of BC - www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/spec_needs/idp.htm
- MOSAIC - http://www.mosaicbc.com/
- Parent Support Services Society of BC - www.parentsupportbc.ca
- Pacific Community Resources - www.pcrs.ca/content/home.asp
- Representatives for Children and Youth - www.rcybc.ca/
- South Island “1000 X 5” Children’s Book Recycling Projects http://www.1000x5.ca/about-1000x5-literacy/
- S.U.C.C.E.S.S - www.successbc.ca
- Victoria Childcare Resources - www.childcarevictoria.ca
- YMCA-YWCA Vancouver - http://www.vanymca.org
- YMCA-YWCA Victoria - http://www.victoriay.com
First Nations Organizations for Children
- Aboriginal Supported Child Development Programs - www.ascdp.bc.ca
- Aboriginal Child and Family Development - www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/about_us/aboriginal/index.htm
- Aboriginal Children's Circle of Early Learning - www.cccf-fcsge.ca/professional-development/members-resource-library/abor...
- Aboriginal Infant Development Programs of BC - www.aidp.bc.ca
- Aboriginal Head Start -http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/dca-dea/prog-ini/ahsunc-papacun/index-e...
- The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society - www.acc-society.bc.ca
- The BC Aboriginal Infant Development Program - aidp.bc.ca/home/
- Caring for First Nations Children Society - www.cfncs.com
- Early Childhood Development Strategy for Aboriginal Children - https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/first-nations-inuit-heal...
- First Nations Education Steering Committee - www.fnesc.ca
- First Nations Special Education Resource Line - www.fnsa.ca/resource-line.htm
- Many Hands, One Dream - www.manyhandsonedream.ca
- Vancouver Native Health Society - www.vnhs.net
Resources from The "ABC for Families" book:
Trustworthy videos and other resources for new parents and professionals that explain the importance of early nurture and show how to support social and emotional development in infants and toddlers. Many available in 11 languages.
HEALTHY FAMILIES BC websites:
www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/parenting BC Ministry of Health online platform for healthy living supports, tools and resources parents need for every age and stage of their child’s development.
Baby’s Best Chance: Parents’ Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care
This easy-to-read handbook gives parents trustworthy information based on best practices and evidence, to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Child Health Passport
BC Ministry of Health publications that support health professionals and families to raise healthy children.
Toddler’s First Steps
www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2015/toddlers- rst-steps-2015.pdf Supports toddlers’ optimal growth and development, aged 6–36 months.
Aboriginal Infant Development Program
Supports early identi cation of needs and early intervention for Indigenous children and families at risk.
Aboriginal Supported Child Development BC
Recognizes the importance of cultural safety and early intervention. Supports the inclusion of Indigenous children with special needs in child-care and community settings.
Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC
Provides programs and services for all ages, nationalities and abilities in a welcoming atmosphere.
A non-pro t organization that promotes awareness of anxiety disorders and supports access to evidence-based resources and treatment.
BC Association of Family Resource Programs
A not-for-pro t provincial organization. Promotes community-based Family Resource Programs (FRPs) where families access support and community resources.
BC Council for Families
Celebrating the family’s uniqueness. Dedicated to education programs and resources that help families grow stronger and even more resilient.
BC Mental Health Support Line
310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number) It’s free and available 24 hours a day.
Best Start: Healthy Baby, Healthy Brain
Government of Ontario resource supporting service providers who implement health promotion programs for expectant and new parents, newborns and young children.
Canadian Pediatric Society
Information for parents from Canada’s paediatricians on the topic of what to expect as your child develops.
Canadian Red Cross
http://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certi cation/course-descriptions/ rst-aid- at-home-courses/emergency-child-care- rst-aid---cpr
Describes the elements of emergency child care and rst aid and lets you nd courses available in your location.
Centre for Child Honouring
Founded by Raffi, Child Honouring is a children- first approach to healing communities and restoring ecosystems.
Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
Up-to-date scientific knowledge on early childhood development, from conception to age 5.
Medically-approved information on over 5000 health topics, symptoms, medical tests, medications, and tips for healthy eating and lifestyle choices.
Non-emergency health information and services 24/7:Dial 8-1-1
For people who have a hearing barrier: Call 7-1-1 (TTY) Translation services are available in over 130 languages on request.
Shares current research, scienti c knowledge and best practices related to social and emotional development.
Here To Help
A resource for women wanting to learn self-help skills to prevent and manage depression during pregnancy and after birth. Provides trustworthy mental health and substance abuse information.
BC Ministry of Health, the Centre for Disease Control and regional health authorities collaboration designed to improve the health of British Columbians.
La Leche League Canada
Provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support.
Parent-Child Mother Goose Programs
Provide a group experience for parents and their babies and young children. Focused on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories.
Pacific Post Partum Support Society
Free or low-cost programs for mothers experiencing dif culty with adjustment. Toll free telephone support available.
Lower Mainland: 604.255.7999
Outside the Lower Mainland: 1.855.255.7999
Perinatal Services BC
Provides leadership, support, an
Supported Child Development BC
Provides community-based services that enhance the quality of life for children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families. Facilitates and builds competencies and fosters inclusion in all aspects of life.
A toll-free, con dential, multilingual telephone service available across BC and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-563-0808. It provides infor- mation and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.
Using friendly and easy-to-understand language, and based on current research in neuroscience,VROOM shows parents and caregivers how they can make any of the moments they already share with their child brain-building moments.
Your Baby’s Development: Age-Based Tips From Birth to 36 Months
Age-based handouts including “what to expect” charts for each age range.
Your Local Public Health Unit
This site helps families nd the health unit closest to them.
Zero to Three: Early Connections Last a Lifetime (Parent Resources)
www.zerotothree.org/early-development/ages-and-stages Resource List to help you learn about the skills and behaviours you can expect from your baby from birth to age 3.
If you have engaged in the nurturing behaviours described in this ABC, and after several months your baby is still not responding as you would expect, request a referral to an early intervention program from your health provider.There are excellent programs for you and your baby and early intervention changes lives!
If you have experienced trauma, some parts of parenting may be even
more challenging for you.Trauma can interfere with your ability to be emotionally present for many reasons. It can:
- lead to problems in regulating your own emotions, so you may struggle with sometimes feeling too numb and other times feeling
too overheated with emotions
- cause unhelpful beliefs about your ability to cope, and your safety
in the world, especially in connecting to others
- create excessive feelings of guilt or shame that may take away from giving yourself permission to take care of your own needs and ask for help
If you notice that the effects of trauma are causing dif culties for you
and your baby, speak to a health professional you trust.
–Dr. Joanna Cheek, MD, FRCPC, Assistant Clinical Professor, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Dangers of Addiction and Pregnancy:
We typically promote Canadian resources, especially those from the British Columbia Ministry of Health, but families and health providers concerned about addictions during pregnancy may find some helpful information at this Desert Hope webpage: http://deserthopetreatment.com/drug-abuse/pregnancy/