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Resources for Parents

Parents Matter

Parents Matter offers multilingual resource sheets with advice about child development, child care, family life, and many other topics.

Early Years Centre

The Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) has childcare centres throughout our community. You and your children can learn and play in one of their many programs.

To learn more visit the OEYC’s frequently asked questions section. The official OEYC website has an online library to learn how to care for children from 0-6 years of age.

Best Start Program

The Best Start Program is offered at OEYC. This program is offered to all parents and children regardless of their economic or social circumstances.

Best Start
Toll-Free: 1.866.720.7975

Chatham-Kent Public Libraries

The Chatham-Kent Public Library has eleven branch locations across the municipality, and provides storytime kits, book rotations, and booklists to help anyone working with children from 0 - 6 years. They also offer hard copy and electronic multilingual literature.

Please also visit our pages on ChildcareYouth Services and Youth Clubs & Summer Camps

Children's Health

Public Health Unit

Chatham-Kent's Public Health Unit offers resources and links to community information on pregnancy and infant care. They also have tools for parents with children between the ages of 0-6 years.

If you have a newborn, register your baby online by using Ontario's newborn registration service. Or, you can register your baby at one of our local Service Ontario Centre.

Children’s Treatment Centre

Children's Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent provides help to children and young adults struggling with physical, developmental, or communication problems.

Children's Treatment Centre
355 Lark Street
Chatham, Ontario N7L 5B2

Phone: 519.354.0502
Toll-Free: 1.877.352.0089
Fax: 519.354.7355

Chatham-Kent Children's Services

Chatham-Kent Children's Services (CKCS) works with the community to strengthen families and promote the well-being and safety of children and youth. Contact CKCS regarding child protection, children's mental health and developmental services.

Chatham-Kent Children's Services
495 Grand Avenue West
Chatham, Ontario N7L 1C5

Phone: 519.354.0440
Fax: 519.352.4152

Home Safety

It is very important to teach your children about safety. The following resources can assist you: