Parent Resources

Family Handbook (PDF) - Apr 2024


  • Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is an association of publicly funded Child and Youth Mental Health Centres in Ontario. The Centres provide treatment and support to children, youth and families. This includes targeted prevention, early intervention, short- and long-term counselling and therapy, and intensive services such as residential care.
  • Ontario Telehealth is a free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The Looksee Checklist monitors a child's development from 1 month to 6 years of age with tips to help them grow.
  • Children's Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO)  is a non-profit community organization, mandated to protect children and youth from abuse and neglect.
  • First Words is Ottawa's publically funded Preschool Speech and Language program which focuses on prevention, early identification and treatment of speech and language impairments.
  • Children Integration Support Services (CISS) This bilingual service provides support to licensed child care programs (nursery schools, child care centres and home child care agencies) that promote the inclusion of children with special needs within the City of Ottawa.
  • Crossroads Children Mental Health provides mental health services to families and children under the age of 12. They specialize in behavioral problems and mental health concerns such as aggression, impulsivity, poor social skills, anxiety, sadness, depression, fear, and suicidal thoughts. Services are responsive to cultural, racial and ethnic interests. They offer many programs with walk-in services and home-based appointments available. All services are free.
  • City of Ottawa Child Care Registry Wait List is an online application for parents looking for licensed child care. Parents can choose from home-based care, centre-based care, school care and/or nursery/pre-school care. Apply for full fee (Registry), subsidy (Waitlist) or both by completing just one application.
  • Ministry of Education Early Learning Division is a point of reference and resources for a fuller understanding of educational systems, programs and processes, including topics such as assessments, special needs and parent engagement.
  • College of Early Childhood Educators regulates Ontario's early childhood educators in the interest of the public. Here you can read about the history of the College along with its purpose and mandate.
  • Parenting In Ottawa  The A to Z of parenting. This website houses resources for all types of parenting questions from starting a family to concerns about your child attending prom.
  • Storypark is an online communication tool. It's a secure, private, online space for parents and Educators to share information about a child's learning and experiences. More information can be found at
  • Mental Illness vs. Autism and Other Development Disorders