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Parenting Programs and Supports

Halton Region offers a number of free parenting programs to help manage the transition to parenthood. Learn about the various programs offered through HaltonParents.

New! 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.

What is Make the Connection?

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.

How does the program work?

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.

Who can sign up?

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

Those who participate in the research will also be eligible to win 1 of 6 $250 gift cards.

How do I sign up?

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

A free online program designed to help expecting parents prepare for labour and birth, breastfeeding and the transition to parenthood. Includes audio, video, printable pages, games and puzzles. Work through the 4 chapters at your own pace!


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

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


Triple P

The Triple P Positive Parenting Program helps parents:

  • Create a stable, supportive, nurturing family environment
  • Teach their children the skills they need to get along with others
  • Deal positively, consistently and decisively with problem behaviour
  • Encourage positive behaviour
  • Develop realistic expectations of children and themselves
  • Take care of themselves as parents

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