Are you looking to keep your family well? Find ways to get better? Meet other parents or caregivers in your community?

Check out our free programs for pregnant women and their partners. Give us a call or drop by to register, to book an appointment or to find out more.

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Centretown is Designated Baby Friendly!

Centretown Community Health Centre is pleased to announce their re-designation as a baby friendly health facility. The Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) is a WHO/UNICEF strategy to implement practices to promote, protect and support breastfeeding.  

Maintaining BFI designation demonstrates Centretown CHC’s recognition of the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby, and efforts to protect, promote and support breastfeeding and always respect the decision of each mother. Clinical practice complies with the WHO international Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and its subsequent resolutions.

For more information about the Baby Friendly Initiative visit:

Are you looking to keep your family well? Find ways to get better? Meet other parents or caregivers in your community?

Check out our free programs for pregnant women and their partners. Give us a call or drop by to register, to book an appointment or to find out more. Please email us at: info@centretownchc.org  or call us at (613) 233-4443.


Ever wonder about what rights you have as a breastfeeding mother?

You have rights as a breastfeeding mother, including the right to breastfeed a child in a public area and to receive services free of discrimination. Examples of public areas include: restaurants and cafés, stores and malls, schools, parks and public transit. No one should prevent you from breastfeeding your child simply because you are in a public area. They should not ask you to “cover up,” disturb you, or ask you to move to another area that is more “discreet.” Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers cannot be discriminated against at work and or by their union, if they have one. To learn more, visit the Ontario Human Rights Commission webpage.


Helpful Breastfeeding Resources and Links

Do you have an infant feeding question or challenge? Here’s how to find help…


*CCHC may cancel or reschedule programs if needed.​*

Services by Schedule

Next Event: Mon, Mar 30 9:30am - 11:30am

Our weekly playgroups provide a welcoming environment for families and their children!  It is a space to connect with other families, get support from Early Years staff and receive information about parenting and community resources.  The two –hour interactive playgroup provides:

· A variety of play based activities and toys

· A comfortable and safe atmosphere

· interactive circle time with story time, songs and bubbles!

· A nutritious snack

Weekly | Mondays, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Children accompanied by their parent, grandparent, guardian or home childcare provider.
Weekly | Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm (french only group)
Venez jouer et apprendre en français avec parents, tuteurs, responsables de gardes.
Weekly | Wednesdays, 9:30 — 11:30 am
Children accompanied by their parent, grandparent or guardian.
Weekly | Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Children accompanied by their parent, grandparent, or guardian.

View Event Early Years Playgroup (birth to 6 years) - EarlyON

Next Event: Mon, Mar 30 11:30am - 12:00pm

Enjoy borrowing great toys for your children free of charge!  Our toy  lending library provides your child with a variety of age appropriate books, toys and games for a two week period.


Below find other days and times:

Weekly | Mondays , 11:30 — 12:00
Weekly | Tuesdays , 11:30 — 12:00
Weekly | Wednesdays , 11:30 — 12:00 & 3:30 — 4:00 pm
Weekly | Thursdays , 3:30 — 4:00 pm
Weekly | Fridays , 11:30 — 12:00

View Event Bill Goodwin Toy Library - EarlyON

Next Event: Mon, Mar 30 1:00pm - 3:00pm

For information on breastfeeding resources in Ottawa please refer to the “Parenting in Ottawa” website and access the  Breastfeeding Tab which will provide you with information and resources.

Come and see us to have your breastfeeding, infant care and parenting questions answered by a Registered Nurse and a Parent and Child Resource Worker.

Weekly | Mondays: 1:00 — 3:00 pm

For more information, please call 613-233-4443 ext. 2108

View Event Breastfeeding and Parenting Support Drop-in

Next Event: Tue, Mar 31 10:00am - 12:00pm

Come and learn more about feeding your baby from 6 to 12 months. Topics will include:

· When and how to introduce foods to your baby

· Healthiest foods and drinks for baby

· Prevention of food allergies

· Learn how to make your own baby food

· And more!

Taste samples of homemade baby food and take recipes to make at home!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 10:00 am — 12:00 pm

Register: 613.233.4443 x 2108

View Event Feeding Your Baby

Next Event: Tue, Mar 31 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Our weekly playgroups provide a welcoming environment for families and their children!  It is a space to connect with other families, get support from Early Years staff and receive information about parenting and community resources.  The two –hour interactive playgroup provides:

· A variety of play based activities and toys

· A comfortable and safe atmosphere

· interactive circle time with story time, songs and bubbles!

· A nutritious snack

Below find other days and times:

Monday: 9:30 am—11:30 am
Tuesday: 4:30 pm—6:30 pm French only group
Wednesday 9:30 am—11:30 am
Thursday 1:30 pm—3:30 pm

View Event Early On Playgroups - French Group Only on Tuesdays

Next Event: Wed, Apr 1 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Building strength through play!  Our Tiny Toes Playgroup provides a welcoming, baby friendly space for parents and their infants (0-12 months).  The two hour interactive playgroup provides:

· Hands-on activities, singing and playing with age appropriate toys

· Sensory exploration

· Observing how new babies experience their first social playtime.

· On opportunity to connect with other families

· Support from Early Year staff

· Information about parenting and community resources.

Drop-in Weekly | Wednesdays, 1:30 — 3:30 pm

Information : 613-233-4443 x 2108

View Event Tiny Toes Playgroup (birth to 12 months) - EarlyON

Next Event: Thu, Apr 2 11:30am - 12:00pm

Enjoy borrowing great toys for your children free of charge!  Our toy  lending library provides your child with a variety of age appropriate books, toys and games for a two week period.

Below find other days and times:

Monday: 11:30 am—12:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:30 am—12:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am—12:00 pm   3:30 pm—4:00 pm
Thursday 3:30 pm—4:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am—12:00 pm

Information 613.233.4443

View Event Bill Goodwin Toy Lending Library - Thursday

Next Event: Thu, Apr 2 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Our weekly playgroups provide a welcoming environment for families and their children!  It is a space to connect with other families, get support from Early Years staff and receive information about parenting and community resources.  The two –hour interactive playgroup provides:

· A variety of play based activities and toys

· A comfortable and safe atmosphere

· interactive circle time with story time, songs and bubbles!

· A nutritious snack

Below find other days and times:

Monday: 9:30 am—11:30 am
Tuesday: 4:30 pm—6:30 pm French only group
Wednesday 9:30 am—11:30 am
Thursday 1:30 pm—3:30 pm

View Event Early On Playgroups - Thursday Afternoon Group

Next Event: Fri, Apr 3 9:30am - 11:30am

Come to playgroup and learn through play based activities. Now exclusively for caregivers and children under their watch, we’ll also offer support and resources. Each caregiver may bring a maximum of 5 children. Drop in.

Weekly | Friday: 9:30 — 11:30 am

420 Cooper Street

View Event Early Years Home Child Care Provider Playgroup (birth to 6 years)

Next Event: Fri, Apr 3 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Learn simple changes you can make to keep your child safer in everyday   routines. Join us in learning ALTER, a practical tool for considering your      family’s home safety challenges.   All  participants welcome ! With this      workshop, there is an opportunity to be part of an ongoing research  project, if consent is given.

Friday, April 3,  2020, 1:30 pm — 3:00 pm

Register: 613.233.4443 x 2108

View Event Childhood Injury Prevention Workshop

Next Event: Tue, Apr 14 1:30pm - Tue, Dec 8 3:00pm

Inspiring children to play with blocks and Lego’s as little engineers. This    activity promotes young children to play by problem solving and making predictions through play. Little Engineers welcomes children birth to 6 years old to spend an afternoon building with blocks and Lego’s. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

April 14, 20201:30 pm – 3:00 pm
June 9, 2020 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
October 20, 2020 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
December 8, 2020 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Drop-in: 613.233.4443 x 2108

View Event Little Engineers

Next Event: Fri, Apr 17 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of playing and learning all about math through games, activities and crafts.

This program is for parents and their children ages 3—5 years.

FridaysApril 17, 24 and  May 1 and 8

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Register:   613.233.4443 x2108

View Event Family Math

Next Event: Tue, Apr 28 9:30am - 11:30am

Attention all dad’s, grandparents and uncles. Join us for a playful morning of fun and discovery. Dynamic Duo’s is a play-based program for men and their children birth to six years old.  You are invited to spend the morning in our welcoming children’s room.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday March 28, 2020, 9:30 am- 11:30 am
SaturdayJune 20, 2020, 9:30 am- 11:30 am
SaturdayJuly 18, 2020, 9:30 am- 11:30 am
SaturdayOctober 17, 9:30 am- 11:30 am

Drop in: 613.233.4443 x 2108

View Event Dynamic Duo

Next Event: Mon, Jul 6 9:00am - 11:00am

Join us for a morning of arts and crafts, sand play and other fun activities. Weather permitting.  Drop in.

Dundonald Park

Monday, July 6, 13, 20, 27  and August 10, 17,  9:00 am to 11:00 am

613.233.4443 x 2108

View Event Kids in the Park - July

Next Event: Mon, Aug 10 9:00am - 11:00am

Join us for a morning of arts and crafts, sand play and other fun activities. Weather permitting.  Drop in.

Dundonald Park

Monday, July 6, 13, 20, 27  and August 10, 17,  9:00 am to 11:00 am

613.233.4443 x 2108

View Event Kids in the Park - August

Services by Appointment

Do you have questions about your child’s development? Our family home visiting service offers support and can help connect you to services in the community.

Weekdays

Call for information: 613-233-4443 x 2219

Find out about parenting, health and wellness information and resources. A health promoter visits schools and agencies in our community.

Weekdays

Call for information: 613-233-4443 x 2219

The EarlyON Family Navigator connects families with community programs and services available for pregnant women and families with children birth to 6 years of age.  The Family Navigator can:

  • Help navigate systems and services
  • Provide information about early childhood development
  • Provide parenting information and resources
  • Provide information on services and program that support family needs
  • Refer to programs and services in their community
  • Advocate for services

Who Is Eligible?

Pregnant women and families with children birth to 6 years of age who live in Ottawa.

How to Refer?

No referral is required for this service.  For more information or to book an appointment please contact 613-233-4443 ext: 2201.