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Healthy Babies, Healthy Children (HBHC) program

Ontario’s Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program provides home visits to parents to be and families with young children by public health nurses and trained family visitors.

What is Healthy Babies Healthy Children?

HBHC is a free home visiting program for parents to be and families with young children (from birth to the start of school), who may need extra support. HBHC provides parents
with information and guidance on how to:

  • have a healthy pregnancy
  • feed their child
  • help their child learn and grow
  • keep their child safe
  • build a positive relationship with their child
  • take care of their health and well-being
  • connect with services and supports in their community

How does it work?

Families can receive visits by a public health nurse and a family visitor. The visits are done in your home or at a place and time that works best for you and your family. You can decide what you would like to work on because you know your family best. Public health nurses are registered nurses who work in the community. They are skilled in health teaching and can help families build solutions to challenges they may be facing. They can also help connect you to the services you may need. Family visitors work closely with public health nurses to support parents with young children and share ideas and activities that can help families promote their child’s development.

How can I learn more about HBHC?

To learn more about HBHC call 311 and ask to speak to a public health nurse.