Early Years

Are you looking to keep your family well? Find ways to get better? Meet other parents or caregivers in your community?

Check out our free programs for pregnant women and their partners. Give us a call or drop by to register, to book an appointment or to find out more.


CCHC was designated Baby Friendly in 2012 for protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding at the Centre.  This is part of a larger strategy to improve infant and young child nutrition on a global scale.

CCHC recognizes the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby. We endeavour to protect, promote and support breastfeeding and always respect the decision of each mother. This policy is based on the Integrated 10 Steps of the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) in Canada.

Ever wonder about what rights you have as a breastfeeding mother?

You have rights as a breastfeeding mother, including the right to breastfeed a child in a public area and to receive services free of discrimination. Examples of public areas include: restaurants and cafés, stores and malls, schools, parks and public transit. No one should prevent you from breastfeeding your child simply because you are in a public area. They should not ask you to “cover up,” disturb you, or ask you to move to another area that is more “discreet.” Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers cannot be discriminated against at work and or by their union, if they have one. To learn more, visit the Ontario Human Rights Commission webpage.

Helpful Breastfeeding Resources and Links

Do you have an infant feeding question or challenge? Here’s how to find help...


*CCHC may cancel or reschedule programs if needed.​*

 

Services by Schedule

Next Event Monday 22 January, 13:00

Support from a registered nurse and lactation consultant. In English, French, Arabic and Somali. Drop in.

Weekly | Mondays
1:00 — 3:00 pm

For more information, please call 613-233-4443 ext. 2108

 

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Next Event Wednesday 24 January, 09:30

Have a new baby? Living with a toddler or a preschooler? Feeling isolated? For fun and a break from your normal routine, come by our playgroup for parents and their children. Drop in.

Weekly | Wednesdays
9:30 — 11:30 am

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Next Event Wednesday 17 January, 13:30

Come by our playgroup for early learning activities like circle time, reading and singing. Meet other parents and caregivers to share your experience. For babies from birth to 12 months. Drop in.
 
Weekly | Wednesdays
1:30 — 3:00 pm
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Next Event Tuesday 30 January, 10:00

Make nutritious, tasty and affordable food for your baby. 

Tuesday, January 30
10:00 am — 12:00 pm


Register: 613-233-4443 x 2108

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Next Event Friday 19 January, 09:30

Come to playgroup and learn through play based activities. Now exclusively for caregivers and children under their watch, we'll also offer support and resources. Each caregiver may bring a maximum of 5 children. Drop in.

Weekly | Friday
9:30 — 11:30 am

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Next Event Friday 19 January, 09:30

In partnership with Mothercraft Ottawa

Do you have children ages 2 to 5? Are they ready for school? Our program helps children and parents develop the skills they need to succeed in school. In English, French, Somali, Arabic. Drop in.

Weekly | Friday
9:30 — 11:30 am

Location: 450 Laurier Street

 

 

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Next Event Wednesday 17 January, 11:30

Borrow parenting resources, books and toys for free (children birth—6). Drop in.

Weekly | Wednesday
11:30 — 12:00 & 3:00 — 3:30 pm
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Weekly | Fridays
11:30 am — 12:00 pm

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Services by Appointment

Do you have questions about your child's development? Our family home visiting service offers support and can help connect you to services in the community. Services offered in English, Somali and Arabic.
Weekdays
Call for information: 613-233-4443 x 2195

Find out about parenting, health and wellness information and resources. A health promoter visits schools and agencies in our community. In English, Arabic and Somali.
Weekdays
Call for information: 613-233-4443 x 2195