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.
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International Mothers and Mothering Network www.internationalmothersandmotheringnetwork.org
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 www.multiplebirthscanada.org
National support organization for multiple birth families and individuals in Canada.
Parents Canada www.parentscanada.com
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 www.parentfurther.com
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 www.parentguide.ca
Provides information, in print and online, to parents with children birth to 18.
The Parent Report www.theparentreport.com
Developed as an extension of the internationally syndicated radio program of the same name, to provide information and support for parents.
Parenting Magazine, USA www.parenting.com
Information and resources for parents.
Parenting Press, USA www.parentingpress.com/parentres.html
For Parents section includes weekly tips, downloadable resources and a free e-newsletter.
Parenting Today www.parentingtoday.ca
Includes resources for parents including tips by category - infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age, teens, discipline, and family concerns.
Professional Parenting Canada www.professionalparenting.ca
Parenting Pointers: articles and tip sheets for parents by children's age.
Raising Children Network, Australia www.raisingchildren.net.au
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 www.skip.org.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 www.todaysparent.com
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 www.tvoparents.com
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 www.ultimateparenting.com/index.html
This site supports moms with effective parenting tools for raising great kids who will turn into great adults.
Up to Parents, USA www.uptoparents.org
An interactive site for divorced and divorcing parents.
3 Cheers for the Early Years www.calgaryhealthregion.ca/programs/3cheers/
Provides parents and professionals with information and resources to assist in raising healthy children from 0-6 years.
Baby's Best Chance www.bestchance.gov.bc.ca
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 www.beststart.org
Best Start: Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre (Ontario) primarily supports those who work with expectant mothers and their young children. This site however, also provides electronic access to many Invest in Kids parenting resources.
Canadian Association of Midwives www.canadianmidwives.ca
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 www.canadianbreastfeedingfoundation.org
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 www.sidscanada.org
Resources for parents and caregivers to ensure babies sleep within a safe sleep environment.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) USA www.cdc.gov/actearly
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 www.excellence-earlychildhood.ca/encyclopedia
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 www.thefussybabysite.com
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 www.healthbeforepregnancy.ca
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 www.healthybabyhealthybrain.ca
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.
International Breastfeeding Centre (IBC) www.nbci.ca
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 www.inuithealthmatters.aboutkidshealth.ca
Inuit Health Matters is an initiative of AboutKidsHealth.ca 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 www.kidcarecanada.org
Provides new parents with information on infant development in easy-to-understand video format.
La Leche League Canada (LLLC) www.lllc.ca
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 www.multiplebirthscanada.org
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.
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.
Postpartum Support International USA www.postpartum.net
Provides information and toll-free helpline support to those experiencing symptoms of prenatal or postpartum mood or anxiety disorder.
Take 30 for the Family www.take30.pe.ca/
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 www.talktoyourbaby.org.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 www.trilliumhealthcentre.org
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 www.welcometoparenting.com
Offers a comprehensive series of online prenatal and postnatal classes (cost associated).
Zero to Three, USA www.zerotothree.org
Provides parents and professionals with information on the health and development of infants and toddlers. From Baby to Big Kid s a free e-newsletter on how children learn and grow each month from birth to 3 years.
Confident Girls and Guys www.confidentgirlsguys.com
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 www.parentingteensonline.com
A free, interactive, monthly eMagazine and website created especially for the parents of teenagers.
Kids Now www.kidsnowcanada.org
Kids.now is a national group mentoring charity, coaching kids to make positive choices by building self-confidence, leadership abilities and skills.
Mind Check www.mindcheck.ca
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 www.mindyourmind.ca
Information, resources and tools for youth and emerging adults who may be struggling and coping with life challenges.
Teen Mental Health www.teenmentalhealth.org
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 www.youthprivacy.ca
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 www.cribside.ca
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 www.cfii.ca
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 www.dadstoday.org
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 www.forestcityfathers.ca
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.
About Kids Health www.aboutkidshealth.ca
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 www.aap.org
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 www.anaphylaxis.ca
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 www.canadasafetycouncil.org
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 www.capcc.ca
CAPCC provides poison prevention materials for parents.
NEW Canadian Centre for Child Protection www.protectchildren.ca
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 Association – Mental Health and the Family www.cmha.ca
CMHA provides information for parents who are experiencing stress from the demands of daily living
Canadian Paediatric Society www.cps.ca/
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 www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca/
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) www.canadiansportforlife.ca
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 www.carsafetyandkids.ca
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 www.caringforkids.cps.ca
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 www.knowledge.offordcentre.com
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 www.childrenandnature.org
The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) encourages parents and others to discover ways to connect children to nature.
Children's Mental Health Ontario www.kidsmentalhealth.ca
Parent resources include information on anxiety disorders, attention deficit/hyeractivity disorder, autism, eating disorders, and mental well being.
Community Living Toronto - Connectability www.connectability.ca
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 www.earthyfamily.com
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 www.forcesociety.ca
Provides information and advocacy support to children, youth and families dealing with mental health issues.
Immunize Canada www.immunize.ca
Provides links to the most common questions about immunization for infants and children
KidsGrowth Child Health, USA www.kidsgrowth.com
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 www.kidshealth.org/parent
Provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.
Learning Disabilities Association of Canada www.ldac-taac.ca/
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 www.thechildren.com/trauma/en/
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.
Ontario Lung Association www.on.lung.ca
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 www.parachutecanada.org
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 www.phoenixpembroke.com
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.
NEW Pregnets www.pregnets.org
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) www.prevnet.ca
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 www.psychologyfoundation.org
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) www.reachinginreachingout.com
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 www.safekidscanada.ca/
Promotes effective strategies to prevent unintentional injuries.
Saskatchewan Prevention Institute www.preventioninstitute.sk.ca
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 www.speakingofkidsmentalhealth.ca
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 www.toronto.ca/health/
Provides an alphabetical index covering a range of topics relevant to parents and families.
VON Canada - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder www.von.ca/FASD/
VON Canada has developed a user-friendly parent guide on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder called Let's Talk FASD.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit www.wechealthunit.org/family-health
Booklets, handouts and posters on topics related to family health.
Canadian Child Care Federation www.qualitychildcarecanada.ca
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) www.childcarecanada.ca
CRRU offers information for parents about accessing child care and managing their child care arrangements. Information is organized by province/territory.
BC Teachers Federation – For Parents , British Columbia, www.bctf.ca/parents.aspx
Parents and teachers working together to advocate for students, schools, and the public education system
Canadian Parents for French www.cpf.ca/eng/home.html
A national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canadian society and education.
Canadian Safe School Network www.canadiansafeschools.com
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 www.famlit.ca
It offers programs, trainings and research to help Alberta families achieve improved education, jobs and health.
Education.com, USA www.education.com
Offers over 10,000 articles, activities and expert answers in education and child development.
Family Education , USA www.familyeducation.com
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.
Media Smarts www.mediasmarts.ca
Promotes critical thinking in young people about the media. Practical tips for helping parents manage media in the home.
Ontario College of Teachers www.oct.ca/public/
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 www.ontariohomeschool.org
A support group for home schooling families, providing information, home-based education to our members and the public at large.
People for Education www.peopleforeducation.com
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.
Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) www.adoption.ca
ACC raises public awareness of adoption, promotes placement of waiting children and stresses the importance of post-adoption services.
Canada ’s Waiting Kids www.canadaswaitingkids.ca/
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 www.cangrands.com
A national internet support group for kinship families raising "other people's children".
Government of the Yukon www.gov.yk.ca/services/residents.html
Information and resources concerning children and families from the Government of the Yukon Territory
Northwest Territories Health and Social Services www.hlthss.gov.nt.ca/Features/Programs_and_Services/default.asp
Information and resources for people living in the Northwest Territories.
Nunavut Health and Social Services www.gov.nu.ca//health/promo.shtml
Information and resources for families living in Nunavut.
BC Ministry of Children and Family Development www.gov.bc.ca/mcf/
Information and services for parents and families in British Columbia.
Alberta’s Virtual Parent Link Centre www.parentlinkalberta.ca/publish/default.htm
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 www.child.alberta.ca/home/
Listing of programs and services for children and families in Alberta.
Government of Saskatchewan www.gov.sk.ca/life-events/starting-a-family/
Information and resources concerning children and families from the Government of Saskatchewan.
Manitoba Child and Families Channel www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/index.html#services
Provides information and services for parents and families in Manitoba.
Government of Ontario www.gov.on.ca/
Information and resources concerning children and families from the Government of Ontario
Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Government of Ontario www.children.gov.on.ca/mcys/index.html
Provides individual sections for parents, youth, kids and professionals.
Children's Information Portal, Government of Ontario www.childrensinfo.ca/eng/index.html
This site brings together info about all the children and youth programs and services by the Government of Ontario.
Eat Right Ontario www.eatrightontario.ca/en/EatRightBeActive.aspx
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 www.ontarioearlyyears.ca
Information for parents about local childcare services up to the age of six as well as programs and activities.
Québec Familles et Aînés www.mfa.gouv.qc.ca/index_en.asp
Provides resources and services for people living in Quebec.
New Brunswick Government Services: Individuals and Families www.gnb.ca/0017/index-e.asp
Services and resources for parents and families living in New Brunswick.
Nova Scotia Children, Youth and Families www.gov.ns.ca/coms/families/index.html
This site provides a range of services to children, youth and their families living in Nova Scotia.
Prince Edward Island Social Services www.gov.pe.ca/sss/cafs-info/index.php3
Information and services for parents and families living in Prince Edward Island.
Newfoundland and Labrador Health and Community Services www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/divisions/pgmpolicy/default.htm#cyfs
Information and resources for families living in Newfoundland and Labrador
Correctional Service Canada – Victim Services www.csc-scc.gc.ca/victims-victimes/index-eng.shtml
Information for victims of offenders including resources relating to family and domestic violence.
Department of Justice Canada – Parenting After Divorce www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/pad-rpad/index.html
Provides information about family law, but also resources regarding parenting after separation and divorce.
NEW Department of Justice Canada – Family Violence www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/fv-vf/
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 www.fcac-acfc.gc.ca
This site provides consumers with information to help choose financial products and services that best meet their needs .
Health Canada - Canada's Food Guide http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
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 http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/init/kids-enfants/index-eng.php
Information on recent food and product safety recalls.
Healthy Living from Health Canada – Parenting www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/child-enfant/parent/index_e.html
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 www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/family/child_and_family/index.shtml
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 www.themoneybelt.ca
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 www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ch-se-eng.php
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 www.servicecanada.gc.ca/en/audiences/families/index.shtml
Government of Canada services for families and children.
NEW Statistics Canada www.statcan.gc.ca
Canadian statistics as it relates to population (including families, households, children, youth), resources, economy, culture and society.
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