Supporting children’s growth

All parents want the best for their babies and children. That means making sure they get the best possible start in life.

A child's early years from before birth to age six are very important for healthy development. This is a time when a child’s brain and body are developing at a rapid pace. Healthy babies and toddlers are more likely to stay healthy through their childhood, teen and adult years.

A strong, loving relationship between a parent and a child supports the child’s healthy growth and development.

Government services

The Healthy Child Development - Integrated Services for Children Information System (HCD-ISCIS) is a provincial database which stores personal information of families who receive services from the following programs:

Service providers obtain consent from families prior to entering their information in the provincial database and use it to deliver these programs. Service providers are public health units, hospitals children’s treatment centres and other community-based organizations funded by the Province of Ontario.

The Province of Ontario provides the HCD-ISCIS database to participant service providers in its role as a “health information network provider” under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004.

Ontario protects the personal health information stored in the HCD-ISCIS application. All employees overseeing the HCD-ISCIS application are required to attend privacy training and sign appropriate confidentiality agreements. Any third individual or third party engaged by MCCSS to support HCD-ISCIS is bound by the same privacy requirements, Ontario employs technical safeguards, such as, passwords, audit logging, encryption, and role-based access controls for information systems from which personal information may be accessed.

Please contact your service provider if you have additional questions regarding the collection, use and disclosure of your personal health information.

Services to support your child's health


All newborns have their hearing tested within a few days of birth.

Speech and language

Find out about your child's speech and language development, and the help that's available.

Ontario Early Years Centres

At your local Ontario Early Years Centre, you can connect with other parents, share your experiences and find out more about parenting and community programs. These centres also have activities for both parents and caregivers and children up to age six.

Developmental Concerns

Ontario funds the Infant and Child Development Program to help children up to age five with developmental disabilities or who are at risk of developmental delay. The program provides services in the child’s home and community, with a focus on supporting parents in promoting their child’s early development.

Find the Infant and Child Development Program nearest you.

Blindness and low vision

Ontario also offers programs to support children who are born blind or with low vision.

Developmental checklist

The Nipissing District Developmental Screen checklist can help you see if your child's growth and development is on track. This checklist is available for Ontario parents at no charge.