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Parenting is rewarding, but it's also very challenging. Find useful resources for expecting parents, parents of newborns and parents of school-age children, including public health resources, community resources, and links to other useful websites.

Questions and concerns
If you have questions or concerns about your child, contact your healthcare provider. You can also call the Middlesex-London Health Unit to speak with a Public Health Nurse, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or get heath advice 24/7 by calling Health811 (Health Connect Ontario) (dial 811).


Telephone Support for Families

Telephone Support for Families

Prenatal Health Education Programs

Prenatal Health Info & Resources

A Healthy Start to School

This helpful guide for parents and caregivers is available in French and English from the links below. Find helpful tips on packing lunches, reporting immunization, limiting screens and much more!


Healthy Start to Kindergarten

Healthy Start to Kindergarten (English PDF)

Un bon départ pour la maternelle

Un bon départ pour la maternelle (French PDF)


Don’t take chances. Cannabis edibles can poison children.

Learn more

Health Canada Advisory

Read Health Canada’s Public Advisory

Growth & Development

Secure Attachment & parenting, Infant and early childhood mental health

Newborn: The first few weeks (MLHU)

Child Growth: is your child growing well? (MLHU) (when should your child's growth be checked)

Looksee checklist® provided by the Nipissing District Developmental Screen (ndds)

(The looksee checklist® by ndds is a developmental checklist that follows a child from one month of age to six years. It provides a snapshot in time of your child's development, and a starting point for discussion with a health/child care professional. Starting October 1, 2023 , there will be a one-time sign up fee.  The 18 month looksee checklist® will remain free to all families)

Disponible en français

SmartStart Hub at TVCC - Thames Valley Children's Centre

(for children0-19: online referral form, school therapy service, preschool speech and language and more)

Disponible en français

Developmental Resource for Infants (DRI) - Thames Valley Children's Centre

(Intake and service coordination for children 2 years and under with developmental concerns - TVCC)

Ontario Infant Hearing Program- Southwest Region

Screen Time

(Information for many families about screens (e.g. phones, tablets, TVs). We know it's not good for our kids, but the reality is that screens are here to stay. So what can we do? - MLHU)

Resiliency (MLHU)

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Mental Health Supports for Children and Teens
How to talk to your children about conflict and war (Unicef)

Tandem (24/7)

One-stop referral and intake point shared services Vanier Children's Mental Wellness, Humana Community Services and Craigwood Children, Youth, and Family Services 

Vanier Children's Mental Wellness

Offers a range of services designed to offer support to families who have a child struggling with social, emotional, behavioural and mental health issues

Craigwood Children, Youth and Family Services

Provides a broad range of counseling, care and therapeutic services to adolescents and to their families, all designed to make a positive change in their lives

Humana Community Services

Formerly WAYS Mental Health Support and Anago (Non) Residential Resources

The Support Line

The Support Line from Canadian Mental Health Association provides confidential listening and support to individuals 16+ any time of day or night.

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 e-mental health service offering free, confidential support

Disponible en français

Brighter Days

An Indigenous Wellness Program developed by Indigenous educators, school counsellors and community program workers to empower First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth with skills, tools and resources to support their well-being. The program is offered to Indigenous youth from six to 29 years old in both audio and video format.

Disponible en français

Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) Parent & Caregiver Resources

Disponible en français

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Mental Health and Community Supports for Adults

Perinatal Mental Health

Information and resources for pregnancy to first year postpartum - MLHU

Reach Out 24/7

Free, 24/7 bilingual confidential mental health and addictions support and services line for people living in Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford and London - Reach Out

Disponible en français

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Thames Valley

Information - CMHA

Family Service Thames Valley

Information, Counselling Services and more - Family Service Thames Valley

Hope for Wellness Help Line 24/7

Immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada - Hope for Wellness

Disponible en français

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC)

Information and services including Indigenous-led child care and family centre, enhanced food security, and more- SOAHAC

Francophone Community Resources /Communauté francophone 

Organisations ou programmes qui offrent des services principalement en français ou qui autrement appuient l'unité et le développement culturels au sein de la communauté francophone -

Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI)

Information and resources promoting family safety and wellbeing within London's diverse Muslim communities - MRCSSI

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Reading to Babies and Young Children
Reading to babies and children supports brain growth and development, language development and preparation for school.

London Public Library Early Years

  • Baby's Book Bag:  new and expectant parents can pick up a free literacy bag (scroll down the page)
  • other library resources

Middlesex County Library Early Literacy & Storytime

  • Early Literacy
    • ABC Read with Me Book Bags
    • Early Literacy iPads
  • Family Storytime and locations
La Ribambelle:  les Baluchons de lecture pour bébé

My ABBC Aboriginal  Book Bundles

  • Infant Book Bundles
  • Toddler Book Bundles
  • Preschool Book Bundles
  • Video:  Aboriginal Book Bundle, Medicine for the Mind, Body and Spirit

Literacy, Right From the Start You Tube Video- English

also available in French   Disponible en français


Read, speak, sing to your baby:  How parents can promote literacy from birth (Canadian Pediatric Society)

Disponible en français

Murray and Bird - Children's Storybooks (MLHU)

  • Have fun reading along with Murray and Bird as they learn about different health topics


Disponible en français

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Secure Attachment and Parenting

The Basics (Website for Parents)
Find resources in multiple languages, videos, tip sheets and more.

The human brain doubles to 70% of adult size during first year of life and 80% of adult size by age three.  It is important to engage with your child often by doing activities together that:

  • Maximize love, manage stress
  • Talk, sing and point
  • Count, group, and compare
  • Explore through movement and play
  • Read and discuss stories
Parent and Infant Relationship Clinic (PAIR) Vanier Children's Mental Wellness

Healthy Baby Healthy Brain: Videos by health nexus santé (Best Start)

Disponible en français

Attachment (MLHU)

Nurture Healthy Minds (MLHU)

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Date of creation: February 11, 2013
Last modified on: June 3, 2024