EarlyON Child and Family Centres:
- Are places where parents, caregivers and children build strong relationships with each other and connect with other families and EarlyON professionals
- Offer a variety of programs and services that meet the unique needs of children and families in an inclusive environment
- Provide resources and workshops with up-to-date information for all stages of your family life, from preconception and prenatal care, to nutrition, toilet training, toddler curiosity, and early school experiences
- Are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education through the County of Lambton
For more information contact North Lambton Child Care Centre 519 786-6161 or Lambton College 519 542-6100
Programs for Parents and Children
The EarlyON Guide provides an overview of programs offered for families with children birth to six years in Lambton County. It contains locations of all EarlyON Child and Family Centres; Parent Drop-in; Mental Health Services for Children and Youth; SoundStart Drop-in and Parenting Programs. It is published three times a year in August, December and March.
Mental Health Services for Children and Youth
EarlyON Educators can connect/refer you and/or your child, birth to six years with a Children’s Mental Health professional from St. Clair Child and Youth Services for issues regarding attachment, relationships, behaviour, child development and postpartum adjustment concerns. To reach them directly or 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 EarlyON Child and Family 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 programs, go to http://lambtonhealth.on.ca
A SoundStart Speech-Language Pathologist from Pathways Health Centre for Children is available at EarlyON Centres 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