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Infant and Child Development Services

​Halton Region's Infant and Child Development Services works with families to support child growth and development. Learn about ICDS's services.

Halton Region's ICDS staff provide early intervention services to families of children who have been diagnosed with, or are at risk of a developmental delay.

ICDS is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (external link) and is a member of the Ontario Association for Infant and Child Development (OAICD). If you are not in Halton, but reside in Ontario; visit the OAICD website (external link) for a directory of all Infant Development services in the province. For more information or to make a referral, call 311. .


Service is available for infants and young children from birth up to the age of 5 years or school entry who:

  • Live in Halton
  • Have, or are at risk for, a developmental delay including:
    • a diagnoses or syndrome;
    • premature birth;
    • developmental delay with unknown causes; or
    • when families/guardians or other professionals have any concerns about a child’s development.

How To Access Services

Parents, or professionals with parental consent, can make a referral for service by calling 311.

Available services

Halton Region's ICDS staff work collaboratively with families to support their children’s growth and development by offering family centred services at no cost to the family, including;
  • Screening and assessment
  • Family coaching
  • Information and resources
  • Workshops and Groups
  • Coordination with other services to work together on the family’s priorities
  • Consultations with other professionals (with parental consent)
  • Supported transition into child care and school

Most services are provided in the home of the family or guardian. Families/guardians participate in the development of intervention plans and make decisions related to intervention.