Our Early Years and EarlyON monthly calendar is now available!
Please refer to our monthly calendars to register for our programs and see what is currently being offered.
Services by Appointment during Covid-19
Programs and Services are now being offered remotely.
To see what’s available please click here
- Sharing in Student Success Program
Provides grade appropriate stuffed backpacks to children from families in need so that every child can return to school ready to learn. Your child must be in Kindergarten to Grade 8 as of September 2021 in order to qualify. To apply for the Sharing in Student Success Backpack program from Tuesday, May 25 to Friday, July 30, 2021.
To register, call 613- 233-4443 ex. 3002.
Please leave a message and a staff member will call you back to complete the application.
- Bill Goodwin Toy Lending Library
Please note that our Toy Lending Library service is temporarily closed during the current Stay-at-Home Order.
Families can borrow a variety of age appropriate toys for babies and children up to six years old. You can find our Toy Lending Library catalogue here. Families can call and reserve up to two toys for a two week period. We ask that families wipe down the toys before bringing them back to the centre. All of the toys are cleaned and disinfected upon return to CCHC. We ask that each family bring their own reusable bag when picking up and returning toys.
To reserve a toy, call 613- 233-4443 ex. 3134.
Please leave a message with the name of the toy and a staff member will call you back to follow-up with your request.
- Home Visits
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 at 613-233-4443 x 2195.
- Parenting Support
Although all of our playgroup drop-ins are cancelled, we continue to offer parenting support and resources. To access these services, please call 613-233-4443 ext. 2195.
- EarlyON Family Navigator
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.
- Breastfeeding Support
Although the weekly drop-in is cancelled, we continue to offer breastfeeding support on Tuesdays by an experienced Registered Nurse, either over the phone or in person. To access these services, please call 613-233-4443 ext. 2144.
- Community Baby Weight Check
This service is now available on Tuesdays from 1:00-4:00 pm by appointment only. To book an appointment call 613-233-4697.
Please note: this is not a medical appointment and a health care provider will not assess baby weights.
- Emergency Baby Cupboard
Parents in need can access diapers once a month. Please call 613-233-4443 for information about the emergency baby cupboard.
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:
- Breastfeeding Committee for Canada http://www.breastfeedingcanada.ca/
- Baby-Friendly Initiative Ontario http://www.bfiontario.ca/
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: email@example.com 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…
- Breastfeeding Hotline: Telehealth Ontario offers free 24/7 Breastfeeding advice and support service, Phone: 1-866-797-0000 TTY: 1-866-797-0007.
- Breastfeeding Support Drop-Ins with Lactation Consultants (IBCLCS)
- Ottawa Public Health offers a variety of services and tools to make it easier for your child to grow up healthy, please visit Parenting in Ottawa for more information.
*CCHC may cancel or reschedule programs if needed.*