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Parenting Programs and Supports


It’s not always easy being a parent or caregiver. Gaining more parenting ideas and strategies can be helpful for all those who care for young children. Halton Region offers many free parenting programs and supports to encourage your child to grow up happy and healthy.

Check out the programs offered to help build on what you already are doing!

Make the Connection Online Parenting Program Research Partnership

Halton Region is partnering with the University of Ottawa to provide residents with the online Make the Connection (MTC) program. The goal of MTC is to help improve parent-child relationships and build secure attachments.

Research has shown the in-person version of MTC to be an effective and evidence informed program. The University of Ottawa is now doing a research study to evaluate the new online version. Learn more about how you can get free access to the program when participating in the research study by providing feedback.

Make the Connection is an evidence informed parenting program for parents and caregivers of children 0-3 years old. The program was created by psychologists to improve parent-child relationships during the first 3 years of life. Building a positive relationship with your child can support healthy growth and development throughout their whole life.

The Make the Connection program is offered to parents for free when you provide feedback on the new online program, which helps researchers measure its effectiveness. The in-person version has been offered in the past and was evaluated with positive results.

The program is delivered online and will take 8 weeks to complete. Each week a new module will be released. Each module will take you about 15 minutes to complete. The interactive program has hands on strategies to help create and maintain a secure attachment relationship and fun activities to create that loving connection with your child.

Please note that you may be required to wait 8 weeks before accessing the program if randomly assigned to the research control group.

Any parent or caregiver who lives in Halton with a child aged 0-3 can access the Make the Connection program for free.

As part of the research project, you will be asked to complete a feedback survey before and after the program. If you participate in the research, you will receive a $5 Tim Horton’s gift card for each survey you complete.

To register:

  1. Complete a consent form and questionnaire (external link).
  2. Check your email inbox for a coupon code and link.
  3. Click the program link provided in the email, then click or tap "Add to Cart."
  4. Enter your coupon code and sign up information.
  5. Check your email inbox for instructions on how to get started.


HaltonParents provides information and resources on pregnancy and parenting, including access to Public Health Nurses (PHNs) and Dietitians. Through HaltonParents, Halton Region offers a variety of free parenting programs that:

  • help you manage the transition to parenthood;
  • support the healthy growth and development of your child; and
  • help build your confidence to parent your child in a positive way.

Connect with HaltonParents.

Healthy Babies, Healthy Children (HBHC)

Being a parent can be exciting and challenging. You may have questions about feeding your child or want to learn more about your child’s development and behaviour. Ontario’s Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program, offered by the Halton Region Health Department, provides parents to be and families with young children who are in need of extra support with home visits by public health nurses and trained family visitors.

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

Halton Online Prenatal Program

Engaging and interactive FREE online prenatal classes available to parents-to-be or support persons who are residents of Halton. Learn about pregnancy, labour and birth, breastfeeding, newborn care, and Halton resources/supports at your own pace, using a computer or mobile device.

Halton Prenatal Nutrition Program (HPNP)

Do you want to learn how to improve your health and the health of your baby? Halton's Prenatal Nutrition Program (HPNP) is free and runs year round. Come out weekly and enjoy a healthy meal in a friendly environment, surrounded by other pregnant and new parents looking to learn and meet new friends.

Halton Breastfeeding Connection – Parent-to-Parent Phone Support

The Halton Breastfeeding Connection is a volunteer program that provides free parent-to-parent telephone support for expectant and breastfeeding parents.

Kids & Me Drop-In Neighbourhood Groups

Kids & Me is a free weekly 1.5-hour parenting and early learning drop-in program for families with babies or children up to 6 years of age. You and your child can make new friends, enjoy playing with other children and get extra support if needed.

Kids & Me is more than just a regular drop-in program as it follows a routine with a time for play, snacks, and stories. This gives children an opportunity to practice moving from one activity to another. The program is run by a Public Health Nurse, Early Childhood Educator, Child Development Consultant, and a Librarian. You can ask parenting questions about things like healthy eating, growth and development, speech and language, sleep, and routines. You can also get help connecting to community programs and services.

The aim of this program is to support you as a parent and to help your child learn, play with other children, and follow routines to get them ready for childcare or school.


These drop-in programs follow the school calendar and are closed during the December/January holidays and spring/summer breaks. Call 311 for more information. Registration is not required.

Triple P

The Triple P Positive Parenting Program helps parents and caregivers of children aged 2 to 16 get the support and information they need to build healthy relationships with their children and support their child’s development. Learn about how to register for the Triple P Online Program for free in Halton region.

Ready, Set, Go!

This interactive parent workshop covers topics such as:

  • How to prepare your child emotionally and physically for school
  • The importance of play
  • Packing healthy lunches
  • Checklist for starting school