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Parenting Sites

The following websites were selected based on content relevant to Canadian parents. Preference is given to Canadian sites; however, some international sites are included and identified as such.  The latest entries to Parents Matter will be identified as NEW.

The Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP Canada) maintains a distinct separation between advertising content and editorial content. Advertisers and sponsors do not influence our selection or presentation of content anywhere on

These links are organized into the following categories:  

  General Parenting
  Pregnancy & Early Years
  Middle Years & Teens
  Family Health & Wellbeing
  Child Care
  Literacy & Learning
  Adoptive/Kinship Parenting
  Government Sites

General Parenting

Attachment Parenting Canada
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing parents, caregivers, and organizations, with support and current evidence-based information in order to make the best decisions for their parenting choices.

BBC Parenting, UK
Information and resources for parents on a variety of topics, from health to play.

BC Council for Families, British Columbia,
Provides downloadable resource material on various parenting topics, such as caregiving, fathering, parenting teens, etc.

Be a Great Parent
The Regional Municipality of Niagara's campaign which focuses on answering parent questions about effective communication, guidance and relationships with their child or teen. Useful poster resources and fact sheets.

Canadian Parents
Created in 1996, this site offers tips and articles on the stages of your child, family fun, single and step parenting, fathering and parenting in general. Also includes a message board, blogs and podcasts.

Centre for Effective Discipline ,USA
The Centre for Effective Discipline (CED) is a non-profit organization which provides educational information to the public on the effects of corporal punishment on children and alternatives to its use. Free downloadable parent support and training materials available.

Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC)
CWLC is a national organization dedicated to promoting the well-being and protection of vulnerable young people. The site offers downloadable pamphlets, in many languages, related to positive discipline and parenting in Canada. 

Circle of Parents , USA
An American national network of parent leaders and organizations providing friendly and supportive environments led by parents. The website offers a series of tip sheets (in English and Spanish) for parents on a variety of topics.

Concerned Children's Advertisers - Long Live Kids!
Concerned Children's Advertisers produces and delivers social messaging campaigns on issues of challenge in children's lives, including child safety, self-esteem, media literacy, healthy active living and the prevention of drug abuse, child abuse and bullying. This site has tips and tools for parents and community workers.

Family Life Works
Offers family support services in the Calgary area. Over a dozen free tip sheets for parents, covering topics such as improving home/school communication, alternatives to saying no, reducing sibling rivalry, and more.

Focus on the Family Canada
A Christian site dedicated to upholding and strengthening the family unit.

International Mothers and Mothering Network
Global network of over 80 motherhood organizations bringing together diverse mother groups to work toward influencing public discussion as well as exploring alternate economic and societal structures.

Kaboose www.kaboose. ca
Provides information, resources and special online activities for both parents and children.

Multiple Births Canada
National support organization for multiple birth families and individuals in Canada.

Parents Canada
Parents Canada Group is Canada's oldest and largest publisher of parenting magazines.  Parents Canada magazine is a broad-based parenting magazine launched in March 2007.

ParentFurther, USA
Formerly known as MVParents, ParentFurther provides parents with practical, positive ideas related to everyday parenting challenges.  Also offers a free weekly parenting tips e-newsletter entitled Everyday Parenting Ideas.

Parent Guide  
Provides information, in print and online, to parents with children birth to 18.

The Parent Report
Developed as an extension of the internationally syndicated radio program of the same name, to provide information and support for parents.

Parenting Magazine, USA
Information and resources for parents.

Parenting Press, USA
For Parents section includes weekly tips, downloadable resources and a free e-newsletter.

Parenting Today
Includes resources for parents including tips by category - infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age, teens, discipline, and family concerns.

Professional Parenting Canada 
Parenting Pointers: articles and tip sheets for parents by children's age.

Raising Children Network, Australia 
An interactive website providing evidence-based material on over 800 topics spanning child development, behaviour, health, nutrition and fitness, play and learning, connecting and communicating, sleep and safety - for newborns to teens.

S.K.I.P. - Strategies with Kids/Information for Parents, NZ
Strategies for Parents section includes videos featuring children talking about how they want to be parented, as well as other downloadable tip sheets and resources.

Today’s Parent
A Canadian parenting magazine that provides a parenting community, a library of information for all ages and stages, fun tools and features, discussion forums and contests.

TVO Parents
TVO, Ontario's public television, has created TVO Parents. This site provides information on a range of topics including family time, childhood education, and media awareness.  It also includes Your Voice, a weekly interactive podcast geared towards parents of children ages 2-12.

Ultimate Parent, USA
This site supports moms with effective parenting tools for raising great kids who will turn into great adults.

Up to Parents, USA
An interactive site for divorced and divorcing parents.


Pregnancy & Early Years

3 Cheers for the Early Years
Provides parents and professionals with information and resources to assist in raising healthy children from 0-6 years.

Baby's Best Chance
British Columbia’s Ministry of Health Services has created this new website for both new and expectant parents, featuring information on healthy pregnancy, early child care, and self care for parents.

Best Start Resource Centre
Best Start: Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre (Ontario) primarily supports those who work with expectant mothers and their young children.

Canadian Association of Midwives
CAM is the national organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada. The Association of Ontario Midwives has created multi-language material about midwifery - Arabic, Farsi, French, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Urdu.

Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation
Provides resources on breastfeeding basics such as starting out, baby and materal issues/treatments as well as breastfeeding myths. Selected resources also available in Chinese.

Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths
Resources for parents and caregivers to ensure babies sleep within a safe sleep environment.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) USA
CDC's public awareness campaign, Learn the Signs. Act Early, aims to educate parents and caregivers about key developmental milestones in their children. This site offers downloadable fact sheets, resource kits, and growth charts in multiple languages.

Encyclopedia on Early Child Development
This encyclopedia, published on the Internet, is available free of charge.  It covers 33 topics related to the pyschosocial development of the child, from conception to the age of five, with the most up-to-date scientific knowledge. See also the Spanish version of the CEECD online Encyclopedia.

Fussy Baby
Devoted to helping parents deal with the practical issues and emotional impact that emerge from having a baby who cries a lot.  Also includes a forum for parents.

Health Before Pregnancy
An initiative of Best Start Resource Centre, this website for young adults and couples raises issues that can affect men and women and the health of their future children and provides answers to commonly asked questions people think about as they consider parenting.

Healthy Baby Healthy Brain
Created by Best Start Resource Centre, this site offers parents suggestions to help them support their baby’s brain development and includes 15 short videos on topics such as nutrition, sleep, play, literacy, physical activity, attachment, self-regulation, discipline, stress, etc. Intended for future parents and for parents of children aged zero to three.

Healthy Parents Healthy Children
A practical guide for pregnancy and being a parent, from Alberta Health Services.

International Breastfeeding Centre (IBC)           
Formerly known as the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute, IBC provides information sheets on breastfeeding in English and French as well as video clips with explanatory text in English, French, Spanish and Chinese. The clinic itself offers education services in the Toronto area.

Inuit Health Matters
Inuit Health Matters is an initiative of that aims to improve the health and well-being of expecting and new families among Canada's Inuit populations while celebrating traditional Inuit culture.

KidCareCanada Society
Provides new parents with information on infant development in easy-to-understand video format.

La Leche League Canada (LLLC)
Provides information about breastfeeding and helps to locate a breastfeeding support LLLC group in your area.

Provides evidence-based information and guidance about the safety or risk to the developing foetus or infant, of maternal exposure to drugs, chemicals.

Multiple Births Canada           
Multiple Births Canada strives to improve the quality of life for multiple-birth individuals and their families in Canada with an extensive network of local chapters, health care professionals and organizations.

Pacific Post Partum Support Society
Based in BC, the Pacific Post Partum Support Society supports women and their families experiencing postpartum/perinatal distress, depression and anxiety. The Postpartum Journey details the story of one woman's journey through postpartum depression and includes links to downloadable resources on self care, screening, treatment and more.

A web community built especially for expectant parents, new parents and parents with young children. Initially created by Invest in Kids and now managed by the Phoenix Centre.

Perinatal Mood Disorder Awareness Ltd. (PMDA)
PMDA is a non-profit organization devoted to increasing awareness and resources for postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders across Canada, and helping individuals and families find support.

Postpartum Support International USA
Provides information and toll-free helpline support to those experiencing symptoms of prenatal or postpartum mood or anxiety disorder.

Take 30 for the Family
A collaborative effort of the PEI Children's Secretariat, Take 30 for the Family is a social marketing campaign designed to provide parents with information, activity ideas and tools to promote positive parenting and healthy brain development during a child's early years.

Talk to Your Baby UK
Talk to Your Baby is a campaign of the UK's National Literacy Trust which encourages parents and caregivers to talk more to children from birth to three years. The site offers free downloadable resources including bilingual Quick Tips topic sheets in 13 languages.

Trillium Health Centre
This site features a unique Baby and You section with videos on a variety of post-natal issues, such as caring for baby and mother. Videos also available in Urdu and Punjabi. 

Welcome to Parenting
Offers a comprehensive series of online prenatal and postnatal classes (cost associated).

Zero to Three, USA
Provides parents and professionals with information on the health and development of infants and toddlers.  From Baby to Big Kid is a free e-newsletter on how children learn and grow each month from birth to 3 years.


Middle Years & Teens

Confident Girls and Guys
Focusing on adolescents and teens, this site provides downloadable parent tip sheets, podcasts, and newsletters related to raising confident and motivated children.

Parenting Teens Online, USA
A free, interactive, monthly eMagazine and website created especially for the parents of teenagers. 

Kids Now is a national group mentoring charity, coaching kids to make positive choices by building self-confidence, leadership abilities and skills.

Mind Check
A youth and young adult health literacy initiative of the Fraser Health Authority (BC) that encourages early detection and intervention of mental health and addiction issues.

Mind Your Mind
Information, resources and tools for youth and emerging adults who may be struggling and coping with life challenges.

Parenthetical  USA
An online resource for parents of 10-16 year olds, created by the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.

Parenting Strategies: Protecting Your Child's Mental Health, (Australia)
Personalised practical strategies to help parents protect their teenage children from alcohol-related problems, depression and anxiety.

Teen Mental Health
This site is for parents, teens, educators, health care providers and others interested in learning more about teen mental health and mental disorders.

MyPrivacy, MyChoice, MyLife
Created by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, this site provides youth and their parents the information to help understand how technology affects privacy and to explain how to build secure online profiles. See also 12 Quick Privacy Tips for Parents.



24-Hour Cribside Assistance - For Dads
This site for new fathers, a project of the Father Involvement Initiative - Ontario Network, was adapted from the 24-Hour Cribside Assistance Manual for Dad from the Region of Peel.

Canadian Father Involvement Initiative
By affirming and valuing the bond between fathers and their children, this site works to provide relevant and well-crafted information for fathers and for individuals, agencies and programs working with fathers.

Dads Today
Dads Today is a program of the LAMP Early Years Centre in Toronto. The site has fathering articles as well as links to two fathering blogs - Footprints of Fatherhood and The Best Job on the Planet.

Forest City Involved Fathers
Forest City Involved Fathers aims to promote awareness in the London-Middlesex region regarding the importance of responsible father involvement and the unique perspective that fathers bring in the life of a child, the family and the community.  USA
An online parenting resource for dads written by dads.

The Dad Vibe
A parenting blog by a Canadian dad.


Family Health & Wellbeing

About Kids Health
A project of the Hospital for Sick Children, this website is a comprehensive, interactive and accessible on-line resource for families with information on child development, common health problems and health care.  Also includes a Just for Kids section, featuring games and narrated animation.

American Academy of Pediatrics, USA
A member-based site of pediatricians that is dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults

Anaphylaxis Canada
Anaphylaxis Canada aims to inform, support, educate and advocate for the needs of individuals and families living with anaphylaxis (the most serious type of allergic reaction) and to support and participate in research. Section for parents includes strategies to use at home, school, daycare and when travelling.

Canada Safety Council
Dedicated to the cause of safety, the website has a section on Child Safety, including topics on helmet, traffic, school bus and online safety.

Canadian Association of Poison Control Centres
CAPCC provides poison prevention materials for parents. 

Canadian Centre for Child Protection
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a registered charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children, whose goal is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to the Canadian public. 

Canadian Mental Health AssociationMental Health and the Family
CMHA provides information for parents who are experiencing stress from the demands of daily living

Canadian Paediatric Society
CPS is the national association of paediatricians, committed to working together to advance the health of children and youth by nurturing excellence in health care, advocacy, education, research and support of its membership.

Canadian Partnership for Children's Health & Environment
CPCHE is an affiliation of groups with overlapping missions to improve children's environmental health in Canada. The website provides a variety of downloadable material for parents and caregivers relating to environmental pollutants and toxic chemicals.

Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L)
CS4L is a movement to make sport and activity better and more fun for children and youth. The site offer tips for parents to help their children get the most out of their sport experience.

Car Safety and Kids
Developed by the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada with other partners, this site provides parents with information on proper car seat and booster seat use as well as recent research on child passenger safety.

Caring for Kids
Developed by the Canadian Paediatric Association to provide parents with information about their child’s health and well-being.

Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development, Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University
Dedicated to providing the latest and best information on child mental health problems and the influences that shape the developmental health and well-being of children and youth.

Children and Nature Network, USA
The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) encourages parents and others to discover ways to connect children to nature.

Children's Mental Health Ontario
Parent resources include information on anxiety disorders, attention deficit/hyeractivity disorder, autism, eating disorders, and mental well being. 

Community Living Toronto - Connectability
Connectability, a project of Community Living Toronto, is a virtual community dedicated to the needs of people with an intellectual disability, their parents, and support networks.

Earthy Family
Earthy family is a site that promotes living in harmony with the world, and enhancing meaningful relationships with one’s family, community and the larger global society.

F.O.R.C.E . Society for Kids' Mental Health
Provides information and advocacy support to children, youth and families dealing with mental health issues.

Immunize Canada
Provides links to the most common questions about immunization for infants and children

KidsGrowth Child Health, USA
Developed by a group of US paediatricians, this site provides health information for parents, covering issues related to infancy through to adolescence.

Kids’ Health , USA
Provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
Dedicated to a level playing field for individuals with learning disabilities to enable them to function as citizens with equitable opportunities and to develop to their chosen potential

Montreal Children's Hospital - Trauma Website
Developed by trauma specialists at the Montreal Children's Hospital, this website provides parents and teenagers with information on injury prevention and trauma care. It includes an interactive house and quiz which highlights ways of avoiding typical injuries in and around the home. 

Mothers in Mind
Created by the Child Development Institute, Mothers in Mind is a mother and child program specifically designed to meet the parenting needs of mothers who have experienced family violence, childhood abuse, neglect or sexual assault, and have children under the age of four.

National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH)
NCCAH supports the optimal health and well-being of Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, with a key focus on the well-being of children and youth.

NEW  Nipissing District Developmental Screen (endds)
endds™ is a developmental checklist that follows your child from one month of age to six years. It provides a snapshot in time of your child's development, and a starting point for discussion with a health/child care professional.

Ontario Lung Association
Campaign for a Smoke-free Ride is designed to give parents who smoke the information and support they need to give their children a healthy, smoke-free ride.

Parachute Canada
Dedicated to injury prevention, this site provides a number of downloadable resources for families on a variety of topics relating to safety and prevention.

Phoenix Centre for Children and Families
The Phoenix Centre (Pembroke ON), a children's mental health treatment centre run by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded by the Ontatio provincial government, also provides web-based information and resources for parents, children and youth.

The mission of the network for the Prevention of Gestational and Neonatal Exposure to Tobacco Smoke (PREGNETS) is to improve the health of moms and their babies by offering information, resources and support to pregnant and postpartum women and their health care providers.

Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence (PREVNet)
PREVNet is a national network committed to stop bullying. The website offers many free downloadable resources, including tip sheets for the bullied, bullier and bystander and information for parents.

Psychology Foundation of Canada
Parenting for Life, a public education program of PFC, aims to promote positive parenting skills and the well-being of families. Check out the free downloadable booklets for parents on  positive discipline, fathering, playing, puberty and self-esteem. The Kids Have Stress Too! program offers 6 short online videos on how children deal with stress and how parents can help.

Reaching IN...Reaching OUT (RIRO)
RIRO is an evidence-based program that teaches resiliency thinking and coping skills to young children. This site has created a Resources for Parents section with downloadable material related to building resiliency.

Safe Kids Canada
Promotes effective strategies to prevent unintentional injuries.

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute
A non-profit organization that works to raise awareness and educate others about the prevention of disabling conditions in children.

Speaking of Kids' Mental Health
Kinark Child and Family Services, in partnership with Child Welfare League of Canada and the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health have created this new communication and resource tool for youth, parents, educators and mental health professionals. The site also includes forums for people with questions about children's mental health. 

Toronto Public Health
Provides an alphabetical index covering a range of topics relevant to parents and families.

VON Canada - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
VON Canada has developed a user-friendly parent guide on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder called Let's Talk FASD.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
Booklets, handouts and posters on topics related to family health.


Child Care

Canadian Child Care Federation
CCCF is a member-based organization that focuses on quality early learning and child care, advocating for national early learning and child care standards, a highly skilled workforce, and that all children and families in Canada have access to excellent early learning and child care services.

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
CRRU offers information for parents about accessing child care and managing their child care arrangements. Information is organized by province/territory.

Finding Quality Child Care
This website provides information for parents looking for quality child care that’s affordable and meets the needs of their families.


Literacy & Learning

ABC Life Literacy Canada
A non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. The website includes a section on family literacy.

BC Teachers Federation – For Parents , British Columbia,
Parents and teachers working together to advocate for students, schools, and the public education system

Canadian Parents for French
A national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canadian society and education.

Canadian Safe School Network
A national network aimed at reducing youth violence to make our schools and communities safer.  The website provides specific information to parents, students and teachers on ways to achieve this goal.

Centre for Family Literacy, Alberta
It offers programs, trainings and research to help Alberta families achieve improved education, jobs and health., USA
Offers over 10,000 articles, activities and expert answers in education and child development.

Family Education , USA
Online consumer network of the world’s best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers and students of all ages take control of their learning and make it part of their everyday lives.

NEW  Financial literacy resources
A list of financial literacy resources and tools for the whole family, including online tools/calculators and information about talking to your children about money.

Media Smarts
Promotes critical thinking in young people about the media. Practical tips for helping parents manage media in the home.

Ontario College of Teachers
The Ontario College of Teachers has created this new portal for parents with information about teacher qualifications and standards and how the OCT works to ensure the safety of children in Ontario schools.

Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents
A support group for home schooling families, providing information, home-based education to our members and the public at large.

People for Education
A parent-led organization helping parents better understand Ontario's public education system and their role in it. The website provides tip sheets and other materials specifically for parents in 15 languages.


Adoptive/Kinship Parenting

Adoption Council of Canada (ACC)
ACC raises public awareness of adoption, promotes placement of waiting children and stresses the importance of post-adoption services.

Canada ’s Waiting Kids
This site is intended to be an additional resource to prospective adoptive parents who are going through the adoption process with an agency in their area.

CANGRANDS National Kinship Support
A national internet support group for kinship families raising "other people's children".


Government Websites


Government of the Yukon
Information and resources concerning children and families from the Government of the Yukon Territory

Northwest Territories Health and Social Services
Information and resources for people living in the Northwest Territories.

Nunavut Health and Social Services
Information and resources for families living in Nunavut.

BC Ministry of Children and Family Development
Information and services for parents and families in British Columbia.

Alberta’s Virtual Parent Link Centre
Provides information and support for parents and caregivers on how to assist with children’s learning, development and health.

Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Government of Alberta
Listing of programs and services for children and families in Alberta.

Government of Saskatchewan
Information and resources concerning children and families from the Government of Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Child and Families Channel
Provides information and services for parents and families in Manitoba.

Government of Ontario
Information and resources concerning children and families from the Government of Ontario

Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Government of Ontario
Provides individual sections for parents, youth, kids and professionals.

Children's Information Portal, Government of Ontario
This site brings together info about all the children and youth programs and services by the Government of Ontario.

Eat Right Ontario
Developed as part of Ontario's Action Plan for Healthy Eating and Active Living, Busy Bodies and Eat Right Be Active were developed to assist parents and caregivers to introduce and support healthy eating and physical activity for young children.

Ontario Early Years
Information for parents about local childcare services up to the age of six as well as programs and activities.

Québec Familles et Aînés
Provides resources and services for people living in Quebec.

New Brunswick Government Services: Individuals and Families
Services and resources for parents and families living in New Brunswick.

Nova Scotia Children, Youth and Families
This site provides a range of services to children, youth and their families living in Nova Scotia.

Prince Edward Island Social Services
Information and services for parents and families living in Prince Edward Island.

Newfoundland and Labrador Health and Community Services
Information and resources for families living in Newfoundland and Labrador



Correctional Service Canada – Victim Services
Information for victims of offenders including resources relating to family and domestic violence.

Department of Justice Canada – Parenting After Divorce
Provides information about family law, but also resources regarding parenting after separation and divorce.

Department of Justice Canada – Family Violence
Provides information about family violence, the laws relating to family violence and the kind of help that is available to someone experiencing family violence.

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
This site provides consumers with information to help choose financial products and services that best meet their needs .

Health Canada - Canada's Food Guide
The publication  Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide has been translated into 10 different languages (Arabic, Chinese - simplified, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu) in addition to English and French. The food guide has recently been tailored to reflect traditions and food choices of  First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Healthy Canadians
Information on recent food and product safety recalls.

Healthy Living from Health Canada – Parenting
Provides information for parents regarding different health concerns and issues for different stages of life and development.

Human Resources and Social Development Canada - Parents and Caregivers
HRSDC’s mission is to build a stronger and more competitive Canada, to support Canadians in making choices that help them live productive and rewarding lives, and to improve Canadians’ quality of life.

The Money Belt
Created by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, this site is dedicated to teaching the basics about money and the financial world in an easy-to-understand format. It is targetted primarily to Canadian youth aged 15-29 years old.

Public Health Agency of Canada
Provides information and resources concerning child and adolescent health. 
Download a copy of  A Parent's Guide to Immunization. The Guide has been translated into 10 different languages (Mandarin, Chinese, Punjabi, Spanish, Arab, Urdu, Korean, Russian, Farsi, Tagalog) in addition to English and French.

Service Canada
Government of Canada services for families and children.

Statistics Canada
Canadian statistics as it relates to population (including families, households, children, youth), resources, economy, culture and society.


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