Find Support, Programs, and Services
We offer support for parents of babies and toddlers and for children with special needs. We can also help you learn new parenting skills and learn how to support your children (aged 0-6) as they learn to read and interact with others.
Support for Parents of Babies and Toddlers
If you have a child aged 0-36 months (3 years and under), we can help you if:
- You're feeling sad, worried, or alone.
- You often don't know why your baby is crying and what he/she needs from you.
- You're worried about what your baby can or can't do.
Every infant and parent is different. Knowing what works for each of you is important.
We can help you learn more about your baby's needs and how to connect with him/her.
Download our information pamphlet:
- Peel Infant-Parent Program (PIPP) – (English) (PDF)
- Programme Enfant-Parent de Peel (PEPP) – (Français) (PDF)
For more information, call 905-791-7800 ext. 7627 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Support for Children with Special Needs
If your child has special needs and requires additional support while attending licensed child care in Peel, we can help. We will work with you and your licensed child care provider to create a care plan that is right for your child.
To get help for your child with special needs, call 905-791-7800 ext. 7627 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), or email PIRS@peelregion.ca.
EarlyON Child and Family Centres
Our EarlyON Child and Family Centres have free community programs for you and your children (age 0 – 6).
Our programs are run by qualified staff. We encourage children to explore, learn, play, be curious, make friends and spend time together.
Our centres are also places where parents and caregivers can find support, advice, personal connections, and access a network of resources.
Most programs are drop-in programs and you do not need to register. Some specialized programs may require registration.
- Find an EarlyON child and family centre (English)
- Trouver un centre pour l'enfant et la famille ON y va (Français)
Note: The Positive Parenting program is no longer offered. Please contact the EarlyON Centre to access support.
Family Literacy Program
We offer a free family literacy program. This program is a series of workshops that will help you know how to support your child with reading, writing and numbers.
We offer these workshops in English, Mandarin, Arabic, Punjabi and French.
For more information or to sign-up by phone, call 905-791-1585 ext. 7222 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
To sign-up online for a workshop in your community, use the Family Literacy Location Map.
LION (Learning in our Neighbourhood) Mobile Learning Centre
The LION Mobile Learning Center helps you meet and connect with other families in your area, while you attend play-based programs with your child.
At our programs you will:
- develop social skills for your child,
- engage with your child through singing, story-time, and play-time, and
- connect with other programs and services in your community..
Our programs take place in different locations inside one of our LION vehicles. They also take place inside schools, community centres or parks in your area.
For information on where and when to find these programs, visit the LION website.
Literacy Fun Cards
Download our 15 Minutes of Family Literacy Fun Cards to help you encourage your child to read at home.
Listen to Children's Stories
We encourage you to use technology to support reading and writing at home. Here are some YouTube video examples of stories that you can watch and listen to with your child:
- Owl Babies by Martin Waddell (4.47) Age Group: 4-6 years
- Llama Llama Misses Momma by Anna Dewdney (3.54) Age Group: 4-6 years
- Just Shopping with Mom by Mercer Mayer (7.41) Age Group: 5-6 years
- Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse (4.16) Age Group: 3-6 years
- Eres mi mamá? por P.D. Eastman (3.16) Age Group: 4-6 years
Parenting Tip Sheets
Being a parent is a rewarding and important role. It can also be challenging at times. These parent tip sheets cover a several topics relevant to families with children aged 0-6 years and provide tips and strategies to use in your everyday life.
- Choices (PDF)
- Temper Tantrum (PDF)
- Consequences (PDF)
- Adjusting to Child Care (PDF)
- Separation from Family Members (PDF)
- Setting Limits (PDF)
Talk about Drugs online parent modules
You are one of the most important influences in keeping your kids drug-free. Use this resource to start the conversation about drug use and abuse with your young child.
These free and interactive Talk about Drugs online parent modules provide simple strategies for talking with your children about various drugs, including alcohol. Talk early. Talk often.