Appendix: Healthy Babies Healthy Children

The Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) Program continued to screen pregnant women and new mothers; offer information on healthy child development and parenting to families with newborns; and provide extra support through home visiting interventions to vulnerable families.

Appendix: Early Years Community Support

The ministry continued to support healthy child development through the following programs:

  • Infant Hearing Program, which identifies babies born deaf or hard of hearing and provides services to these children and their families to support language and early literacy development;
  • Blind-Low Vision Program, which provides critical early intervention and parent education services needed by families of children born blind or with low vision to help them achieve healthy development;
  • Preschool Speech and Language Program, which identifies children with speech and language delays/disorders as early as possible and provides these children with services to enable them to develop communication and early literacy skills; and
  • Infant Development Program, which provides early intervention services for children up to age five with, or at risk of, developmental delays.

The Student Nutrition Program continued to help provide nutritious meals and snacks to children and youth including those in higher-needs communities – to support learning and healthy growth and development. In 2013-14 school year, the Student Nutrition Program helped provide nutritious breakfasts, snacks and lunches to over 756,000 school-age children and youth.

As part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy, in 2014-15, an additional investment was made to the Student Nutrition Program. 190 new breakfast and morning meal programs began in January 2015 reaching more than 31,000 children and youth in higher-needs communities and enhanced program supports were provided to approximately 300 existing programs. The province also commenced work to support the planning and development of First Nations on-reserve student nutrition programs in partnership with Political Territorial Organizations, Tribal Councils and First Nations.