Do you have young children?

Your child’s first 6 years are the most important!

Do you have children age 6 or under?All parents want to see their children grow up to become healthy and happy adults. Parents can give children the best possible start during their first 6 years.

3 building blocks for healthy child development

  1. Stable, loving and responsible relationships
  2. Safe environments where children live and play
  3. Healthy food

As a parent, you are your child’s most important connection to the world. You play an important role in your child’s development – including a healthy brain – through interaction, positive discipline, play and support.

Our resources in English

We also carry a list of Aboriginal resources, of resources in French and of resources for Newcomers to Canada.

Breastfeeding

My Breastfeeding Guide

My Breastfeeding Guide - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2015

My Breastfeeding Guide has information and answers questions you may have as an expectant parent or as a new parent. You can share this guide with the people who are supporting you.

Bilingual Online Ontario Breastfeeding Services Directory - Flyer / Répertoire en ligne bilingue des services d’allaitement de l’Ontario - dépliant

Bilingual Online Ontario Breastfeeding Services Directory - Website
Best Start Resource Centre, 2014

Breastfeeding mothers benefit from the support of other mothers. Visit the Bilingual Online Ontario Breastfeeding Services Directory to connect with and receive help and support from peers, professionals and experts.

www.ontariobreastfeeds.ca

Breastfeeding Matters: An Important Guide to Breastfeeding for Women and their Families - Booklet

Breastfeeding Matters: An Important Guide to Breastfeeding for Women and their Families - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2016

This booklet will help women and their families explore breastfeeding from prenatal decisions, learning breastfeeding basics to gaining confidence. Topics include: making an informed decision, getting started, learning to breastfeed, common concerns, frequently asked questions and where to get help. The booklet was tested by many pregnant and breastfeeding families and contains some of their quotes.

The fact sheets complement the Breastfeeding Matters booklet in special situations. They can be downloaded when needed. The following fact sheets are available:

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Printer-ready Handouts

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Printer-ready Handouts
Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the LCBO, 2013

The handout is a resource for mothers and their partners to help them make an informed choice when it comes to drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.

Also available in FrenchArabicCreeHindiOjibwayPunjabiSimplified ChineseSpanishTagalogTamil and Urdu

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Brochure

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Brochure
Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the LCBO, revised 2016

The brochure is a resource for mothers and their partners to help them make an informed choice when it comes to drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.

Child Development

Daddy and Me On the Move

Daddy and Me On the Move

Best Start Resource Centre, 2015

Aimed at fathers of children aged 0 to 6, the goal of the booklet is to encourage strong father-child relationships right from the start.  It highlights activities that fathers can do with their children.

The booklet is easy to read. All the activities presented are meant to be fun and done easily.

Child Discipline - Mini Poster / Discipline de l'enfant - Affichette

Child Discipline - Mini Poster
Best Start Resource Centre, 2015 

This mini-poster (8 ½ X 11”) offers tips to parents to integrate positive discipline in the interactions they have with their children. The resource is in English on one side and in French on the other side. It directs parents to the website Children See. Children Learn.

Child Discipline - Videos

Child Discipline - Videos
Best Start Resource Centre, 2015

Originally developped for a ready-to-use workshop for service providers who work with parents of children from birth to age 6, these videos on the topic of child discipline show you positive ways to teach your child that do work. They are available on the website Children See. Children Learn.
 
You can also watch the videos from Youtube here.

When Children Speak More Than One Language
Best Start Resource Centre, 2014

As a parent of a child who will learn two or more languages, you may have questions. This guide will give you information based on research to help you.
Language is the best tool to help a child do well later in school and in life.

Also available in FrenchArabicChineseCreeHindiOjibwayPunjabiSpanishTagalogTamil and Urdu.

Healthy Baby Healthy Brain - Website
Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

As a parent, you play an important role in the development of your baby’s brain. You are your baby’s most important connection to the world.

You interact daily with your baby. These interactions have a life-long effect on your baby’s ability to reach full potential.
 
This website will help you support your baby’s brain development.

www.HealthyBabyHealthyBrain.ca

Tips for Parents - Brain Development
Best Start Resource Centre, 2013

This is a series of 15 lists of tips for parents on topics associated with brain development that can easily be shared through social media or printed. They cover preconception, pregnancy and child development ages 0-3.

For more information, or to download individual topics, click here.

Learning to Play and Playing to Learn: What Families Can Do 
Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This booklet helps parents and all who care for children support play-based learning at home, in child care and preschool settings and in kindergarten. Particular attention is given to attachment, self-regulation and play. This booklet uses language that is used in kindergarten and will be familiar to parents and the teacher and early childhood educator team.
Checklists relating to growth, development, health, nutrition, routines and self-help, including the revised nnds are included in the booklet. The literacy level of this booklet has been assessed at a reading level of about grade 6-7.

The ndds have been blurred in the online PDF of the booklet to protect the ndds copyright. You can access the checklists at www.ndds.ca.

Building Resilience in Young Children
Booklet for parents of children from birth to six years

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This booklet is for parents of children from birth to six years and anyone who cares for children – like grandparents, relatives, foster parents and other adults. Many of the ideas will also help families with older children. It will help caregivers boost a child’s ability to bounce back from life’s challenges and thrive.

Healthy and safe sleep tips for infants 0-12 months : Did You Know? - Downloadable handouts
Best Start Resource Centre, 2015

These tips for parents and caregivers of infants aged 0-12 months provide practical suggestions on healthy and safe sleep. The tips support the current recommendations on how to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

These messages are consistent with the information provided in the Sleep Well, Sleep Safe - Booklet.

Sleep Well, Sleep Safe - Booklet

Sleep Well, Sleep Safe - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2015

This booklet is for parents of infants from 0-12 months and for all who care for infants. It provides healthy sleep tips as well information on how to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related causes of infant death. 

My Child and I - Attachment for Life
Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This resource for parents of children aged 0-3 will help them to understand the principles of attachment and learn ways to promote attachment. Activities are suggested for each age group.

Also available in FrenchArabicChinese (Simplified)HindiPunjabiSpanishTagalogTamil and Urdu.

Nutrition

How to Feed Your Growing Child
Best Start Resource Centre and the Nutrition Resource Centre, revised 2015

This low-literacy resource was adapted from Vancouver Coastal Health. It provides information on feeding children from age two to five.

Physical activity

Have a Ball Together!
Go to the new and improved haveaballtogether.ca to find all the tools you need to be able to promote and encourage physical activity for children 0-6:

  • Information about the importance of physical activity for the early years.
  • Strategies for overcoming common barriers to getting children active.
  • A searchable database with over 100 fun and simple games and activities for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten-aged children.
  • Tools to extend the learning such as videos, downloads and links to additional resources.

haveaballtogether.ca

Have a Ball Together! - Brochure

Have a Ball Together! - Brochure
Best Start Resource Centre, 2009

This brochure (8.9 X 20.3 cm) is designed to provide parents with additional information about the promotion of physical activity for children aged 2-5 years. It is available in a culturally adapted Aboriginal version and in French.

Have a ball together! - Stickers / A vous de jouer ensemble - Images

Have a ball together! - Stickers
Best Start Resource Centre, 2009

Originally designed as stickers, there are 24 images on a sheet with indoor/outdoor and seasonal activities. These can be placed on the family calendar to schedule plans for physical activity. They do not contain any text and can be used with all cultures and languages.

Mental Health

Managing Depression - A Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living With Depression During Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond – Workbook

Managing Depression : A Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living With Depression During Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond – Workbook
Best Start Resource Centre, 2014

This workbook is for women living with depression during pregnancy, after delivery and beyond, and their clinicians or service providers. It provides information about depression and healthy lifestyle behaviours, and skills for managing depression. Concerned partners, family members or friends may also find this resource helpful.

Tobacco Misuse

Information on Second and Third-Hand Smoke - Handout
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This document contains information on second and third-hand smoke, a summary of the strategies and sources of supplementary information.

Creating a Smoke-Free Environment for Your Children - Video

Creating a Smoke-Free Environment for Your Children - Video
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This 24 minute video is on the social impact of second-hand smoke on young families. It contains testimonies of situations related to second-hand smoke experienced by families. Many strategies to reduce the exposure of young children and pregnant women to second-hand smoke are provided.

Available online on YouTube or Vimeo

Smoke-Free Home - Image

Smoke-Free Home - Image
Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

Originally created as a sticker, this image can be applied on a door or window, indicating that the environment is smoke-free.
Size: 7.6cm X 7.6cm or 3" X 3" 

Also available in JPG format.

Workplace

Returning to Work after Baby - Booklet

Returning to Work after Baby - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This booklet is for parents returning to work after a parental, maternity or adoption leave. The booklet contains many suggestions to facilitate daily life on topics such as: choosing a childcare, managing your time, making healthy lifestyle choices, budget planning, etc.

 Links and other resources in English

Take a look also at our links and other resources in French, our Aboriginal resources, and our resources for Newcomers...