Ontario Early Years Centres
In Ontario, there are over one hundred Ontario Early Years Centres that offer services to parents, caregivers and young children. In Lambton County, North Lambton Child Care Centre (519-786-6161) is the lead agency for the Lambton Kent Middlesex OEYC and Lambton College for the Sarnia-Lambton OEYC (519 542-6100). FREE playgroups and parenting programs are delivered in Best Start Hubs, Churches, Community Centres and Schools. For information on transportation assistance, call the lead agency in your community. For a full listing of locations go to www.ontarioearlyyears.ca
Programs for Parents and Children
The Learning Pages provides an overview of programs offered for families with children birth to six years in Lambton County. It contains locations of all Ontario Early Years Centres; Parent Drop-in; Child Check; SoundStart Drop-in and Parenting Programs. It is published three times a year in August, December and March.
Child Check Clinics
A Children’s Mental Health professional from St. Clair Child and Youth Services is on site to address issues regarding attachment, relationships, behaviour, child development and postpartum adjustment concerns. They will also weigh your children and provide physical and social-emotional developmental screenings. For more information call 519 337-3701 or www.stclairchild.ca
For moms, dads, and caregivers to connect and get support from Public Health Nurses about any concerns they have about their child's growth and development. Lambton Public Health has twenty (20) Parent Drop-in locations throughout Lambton County, many in partnership with Ontario Early Years Centres.
Parenting can be a tough job-there is no instruction manual for raising children. Public Health Nurses deliver free parenting programs that can help give you skills to cope with the challenges and celebrate the joys of parenting. You will also meet other parents who are dealing with the same issues. To view a complete list of program go to http://lambtonhealth.on.ca
A SoundStart Speech-Language Pathologist from Pathways Health Centre for Children is available at OEYC Drop-ins to talk with you about your child’s communication skills. Drop-Ins are available for families who want to meet with a Speech-Language Pathologist without arranging an appointment. Drop-In are first come, first served. You can also book an appointment through Pathways Health Centre for Children at 519-542-2074 or 1-855-542-3471. SoundStart currently accepts referrals for children until January 31st of the year before they are eligible to attend Grade 1. Children beyond this age should be referred for school-based services through their teacher. Services are funded by the government of Ontario and are provided at no charge to families. More information is available at www.soundstart.org