Healthy Babies Healthy Children

A child's early years - from before birth to age six - are very important. Healthy babies are more likely to develop into healthy children, and healthy children are more likely to grow up to be healthy teenagers and healthy adults.

That's the purpose of Ontario's Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program - to help children get a healthy start in life. The program does this by helping infants and children up to age six and their families through:

  • screening and assessments to see if there are any risks that could affect a child's healthy development and referrals to community programs and services
  • supports for new parents
  • help in finding community programs and resources on all kinds of subjects such as: breastfeeding, nutrition and health services, parenting programs and family literacy programs
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Am I eligible?

Healthy Babies Healthy Children is a free and voluntary program for:

  • pregnant moms, and
  • families with young children up to the age of six
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Where do I go?

If you are pregnant, ask your family doctor, midwife or nurse.

If you have a child up to 6 years old, contact your:

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Aboriginal babies

The Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program helps Aboriginal babies and children get the best start in life.

Contact the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy for more information and a list of locations.

Additional resources

A checklist for parents

To help you see if your child's growth and development is on track, take a look at the Nipissing District Developmental Screen. This checklist is available for Ontario parents at no charge.

Get information on your child's early development, what to expect and how you can give your child the best start.