Looking for something different to keep your kids busy? Check the links below for great programs your children will enjoy. There is also some great parenting resource links listed. If you know of any links that you would like to see listed, send an email to feedbackATlondonmoms.ca.
The Ontario government created Ontario Early Years Centres to be a place where parents and caregivers can get answers to questions, information about programs and services that are available for young children, and an opportunity to talk to early years professionals, as well as other parents and caregivers in the community. You and your child can visit a centre in your area for a range of free services including:
• Early learning and literacy programs for parents and their children;
• Parenting programs that support parents and caregivers of young children in all aspects of early child development;
• Information and training for new parents about pregnancy and parenting.
Check your locations monthly calendar for programs and times. They offer drop-in play groups as well as many other programs for both children aged 0-6 and parents.
Families First in White Oaks is a Community Action Program for Children project, funded by Health Canada, and sponsored by the Community Council of White Oaks. Families First works to involve community residents and agency partners in the development of supports and services that meet the needs of families with young children who live in our community. We believe that together, we can share the joys and challenges of raising our children.
The Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre works with families and service partners to build community capacity that helps address issues such as poverty, hunger, unemployment, family crisis and isolation. There are many different programs available such as a Baby Food and Diaper Bank, Well Baby & Child Clinics, Early Years Outreach Program, and a Young Parents' Supper Club.
Summertime is here! The city has great indoor pools and many arenas for skating around the city. Visit London's website to find out their times and locations. To find the location closest to you go to the “Interactive City Map”, click on “citymap”, check off “arenas”, then click “redraw map”. This map is great for finding different services run by the City, including community centres and hockey arenas.
The London Public Library and the Middlesex Libraries offer Books for Babies, Tales for Tots, and other programs that feature story telling. Registration is usually required so check your local library for dates and times.
Tyke Talk, teaching children to talk from birth to school with a focus on prevention and early identification of speech and language problems. Tyke Talk offers quality treatment to all preschool children. Many programs are based in neighbourhoods around the region. If you have any concerns with your child's speech and language development, contact Tyke Talk.
London Regional Children’s Museum is a relatively inexpensive (under 2 is free) and a fun way to spend a rainy day. There are many interesting activities to keep young ones busy. Toddlers will love the little city on the second floor! Pack your lunch and eat in the cafeteria area – a microwave is available as well. A family membership is available and well worth it if you visit the museum often.
Madame Vanier Children's Services - Leading to a better life for children & families. Vanier promotes child and family emotional and social health; provides effective help for complex emotional and behavioural problems; and builds on child, family and community strengths.
The Memorial Boys' and Girls' Club gives children and teens, of all abilities, a place where they can learn and play, away from the worries of the street. They also offer programs for adults and senior citizens. Annual memberships are based on your ability to pay – no one is turned down for a membership!
London-Middlesex Health Unit has plenty of information on children’s illnesses and illness prevention. They also offer programs for parents and parents-to-be including breastfeeding clinics and well baby clinics.
Elgin-St. Thomas Health Unit offers many programs for parents and parents-to-be in Elgin County and also provides health information and news.
The Health Line: Your direct link to London and Middlesex health services and local health care news.
The Vesta Centre focuses on the challenges of new motherhood and is run by certified lactation counsellors and pre/post-natal educators. Our counsellors are available for 1 to 1 and in-person support throughout the day at the centre. We also maintain a free breastfeeding helpline around the clock for women who prefer not to leave their homes or who need support after hours.
PPD Peer Support - A PRIVATE forum to provide peer support for women who are dealing with or have dealt with the effects of postpartum illness. If you feel you may be suffering and haven't already done so, please contact your family Doctor, midwife, mental health professional or public health nurse.
Dads Can promotes responsible and involved fathering by supporting men's personal development into fatherhood and healthy fathering patterns in our society. We believe that every child deserves a committed, loving, responsible father who is involved with the family.
Familyinfo.ca is a comprehensive online resource for London and area parents, caregivers and service providers. Local programs and services can be easily found on the Familyinfo website.
At Merrymount Children's Centre, children come first, and the best way to help children is to build strong families. Services are designed to support families who are going through a crisis or transition. Whether it’s a serious illness, domestic violence, custody disputes, or the challenge of coping as a teenage parent—Merrymount can help.
London Children's Connection is a non-profit, family focused organization that offers a variety of programs for children from infancy to 12 years of age in London and Middlesex County.
Childreach offers a full range of supports and programs for parents, informal caregivers and licensed childcare providers in home based programs and staff in child care centres.
New Parent Resource Guide & School Age Resource Guide - provides a wide range of resources including a booklet that can be purchased.
LaLeche League Canada - Mothers can visit www.LLLC.ca and click on "Groups" then "Central and Southwestern Ontario" for contact information of local Leaders and detailed meeting information.
The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System (formerly the London Family Court Clinic) is a non-profit agency devoted to helping children and families involved with the justice system, as young offenders, victims of crime or abuse, the subjects of custody/access disputes, the subjects of child welfare proceedings, parties in civil litigation, or as residents of treatment or custody facilities.
A Safe Passage - a website for childbearing women survivors of abuse, their family and friends impacted by the abuse, and care-providers looking for information and training so that they may better meet the needs of pregnant women in their care who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, woman abuse, sexual assault or trauma from a previous pregnancy.
London Multiple Births Association (LMBA) is a support group for parents of multiples in London and surrounding area. If you are expecting multiples (twins, triplets, or more!) or if your babies are already born, please check out our web page at: http://www.multiplebirthscanada.org/~london/ and consider joining LMBA. We offer a wealth of knowledge and personal experience for this special time in your family - raising multiples!!!
The Mom & Caregiver is a publication for parents with interesting articles for families living in London and area. The London Caregivers Referral Network is included in this site as well!