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The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program

The Young Parent Outreach program is a dynamic resource providing services and support to young pregnant women, young moms and dads, and their children in the Greater Victoria area. These services are designed to give young pregnant women and young moms and dads the help and support network they need to have healthy babies and to be effective, successful parents. Through the unique and caring approach of our outreach worker, clients are given guidance, encouraged to set goals and counselled on healthy and safe choices in order to achieve a fulfilling life.

Tseycum First Nation HeadStart Program

Tseycum HeadStart Program is a program that supports activities focused on early childhood learning and development for First Nations children from birth to age six and their families. This includes pre and post natal support, cultural development programs, parenting and education programs and workshops, infant and toddler development programs, health screening, monitoring and referrals, fitness and nutrition, exercise, yoga for kids, Afterschool and Breakfast programs and literacy support.

Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and Slaheena Prenatal Support Program

Early Childhood Development staff provides family support in such areas as parenting and life skills. We also support parents and families going through family reunification. The program is open to all Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) families, and runs Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 1 pm (lunch is served at 12 pm daily). Activities may include regalia making, fitness, playgroups, health talks, crafts, and parent support groups.

Y Young Moms Program

The Y Young Moms Program offers 8 transitional housing units for pregnant or young moms age 16-29 who are parenting a child under 5 years of age. Families receive weekly support, individual counselling and advocacy to help families achieve independence. Trained staff offer positive parenting education; life skills education; group counselling and support; mental health support; pre-employment and employment counselling and referrals.

La Leche League (West Shore)

La Leche League Canada offers free mother-to-mother breastfeeding and chestfeeding information and support. Leaders are available to help by phone, email, text, or home- or hospital visits. There are also monthly meetings for mothers and moms-to-be, partners and children to meet and share their successes and challenges.  Visit the website link to find the very active Facebook group, where meetings are announced, links are shared, and questions are asked and answered. You can connect with La Leche League *before* your baby is born! Contact Pam for meeting times and location.

La Leche League (Esquimalt)

La Leche League Canada offers free mother-to-mother breastfeeding and chestfeeding information and support. Leaders are available to help by phone, email, text, or home- or hospital visits. There are also monthly meetings for mothers and moms-to-be, partners and children to meet and share their successes and challenges.  Visit the website link to find the very active Facebook group, where meetings are announced, links are shared, and questions are asked and answered. You can connect with La Leche League *before* your baby is born! Contact Janice for meeting times and location.

La Leche League (Saanich Peninsula)

La Leche League Canada offers free mother-to-mother breastfeeding and chestfeeding information and support. Leaders are available to help by phone, email, text, or home- or hospital visits. There are also monthly meetings for mothers and moms-to-be, partners and children to meet and share their successes and challenges.  Visit the website link to find the very active Facebook group, where meetings are announced, links are shared, and questions are asked and answered. You can connect with La Leche League *before* your baby is born! Contact Sarah, Margaret or Darlene for meeting times and location.

Baby Talk (Sooke)

These informal drop-in education sessions are put on by the Sooke Health Unit. Topics focus on infants 0-12 months of age and are led by a public health nurse. This is a great way to learn about raising your baby as well as a great way to meet other parents of young infants. Located at the Sooke Health Unit, 6672 Wadams Way Sooke, B.C. Call to find out the weekly discussion topic.

Young Parent Support Network (YPSN)

Our mission is to support and empower young parent families in the Coast Salish Territories (Victoria, BC). YPSN works to meet the needs of the young parent community through parenting programs and groups, as well as one-to-one services for young and expecting parents facing challenges in their lives. YPSN is located at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Rd Victoria

Child Passenger Safety Program

In partnership with the CRD Traffic Safey Commision, learn how to properly install and use car seats at our free clinics or information sessions. Seats are also available on a short-term loan. Located at the Peninsula Early Years Centre, 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears/

Peninsula Early Years Centre

We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. At the Peninsula Early Years Centre, you can connect with programs in support of children's health & development or with our Outreach Workers for questions about ages and stages you might have. We also have our Child Passenger Safety programs in support of safe travels while in a vehicle and the Play & Chat Packs program in support of language development. Located at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton.  Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears

Beacon Community Services

We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. Please contact us for more information. Located at 9860 Third Street, Sidney, BC

Peninsula Health Unit

Public Health Units provide services to the communities and individuals they serve, with a goal to increase health and wellness. Access immunizations, prenatal support, postpartum programs, etc. Location: 2170 Mt Newton Cross Rd. Saanichton BC.

Peninsula Babies

Registered drop-in. Learn about prenatal education, newborn care, nutrition, infant and mother health, stages of child development and more. In partnership with Island Health, public health nurses provide information and support, together with the facilitator and guest speakers. This free program includes lunch. Program located in Sidney. Contact for registration and details.

Island Health Prenatal Services

Prenatal Registration through Island Health allows you to access a range of prenatal services. Identify topics important to you during your pregnancy such as nutrition, lifestyle factors, community support and your hopes for your pregnancy and birth. You may want information about getting ready for your baby’s arrival including what to expect when feeding and caring for your new baby. Services are delivered through your local health unit.

Sooke Health Unit

Island Health Resources: Child health and development, Dental, Flu vaccine and influenza prevention campaigns, Hearing, Immunizations, Nutrition Parenting, Prenatal registration and postpartum support, Speech. The Health Unit is located at #104-6672 Wadams Way, Sooke

West Shore Health Unit

Island Health Resources: Child health and development, Dental, Flu vaccine and influenza prevention campaigns, Hearing, Immunizations, Nutrition Parenting, Prenatal registration and postpartum support, Speech. The Health Unit is located at 345 Wale Road, Colwood

Best Babies (Colwood)

Best Babies is a free program for pregnant women needing extra support due to family violence, poverty, addictions, food insecurity, isolation and/or health issues, including emotional and cognitive difficulties. Women can remain in the group from pregnancy until their baby is 8 weeks of age. The Best Babies services are offered through a team of professionals including a VIHA Public Health Nurse, VIHA Dietitian, dental hygienist and the Program Support and Outreach Worker. Located at 345 Wale Road, Colwood.

Esquimalt Parent-Baby Connections Group

This program offers a time to connect with your baby through songs and rhymes, while connecting with other parents and developing new skills through various early parenting topics. Located at Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser St, Victoria (hosted by Esquimalt Neighbourhood House)

Vic West Mother Goose and Muffins

Mother Goose promotes language development, social skills, and attachment. Through joyful interaction in songs, rhymes and movement you will find tips to soothe and comfort your baby, and develop a network of friendships and support. Includes a parenting discussion and topic each week related to early parenting, child development and parent self-care. At the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria. 

Mother Goose Program

Enjoy rhymes, songs and finger play. Listen to a story, learn to tell a story. Snack provided. Free. Located at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan, Victoria

Music and Me

A fun, musical experience for little ones, birth to 4 years, accompanied by their parents or caregivers. Program is free but registration is required. Located at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan, Victoria.

Esquimalt Smart Families

Free program, for parents with babies under 12 months. Group focus is on parenting discussion topics - baby and parent health & wellness, attachment, baby Mother Goose songs and rhymes. The group goal is to grow healthy infants and Strong families. Call to register. Located at Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria.

Individual Parenting Support

Individual appointments/ one-to-one sessions offer opportunities for support, learn new parenting strategies, problem solve your child’s behavior and gain parenting confidence, and find ideas for self-care and coping. For parents with children newborn to 12 years of age. The number of sessions is customized to individual parent’s needs; sessions can be weekdays, or late afternoon, early evening hours. Support provided by Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria

Parent Talk

Free drop-in for parents with newborns to active baby (7 - 9 mos.). Guest speakers, monthly Public Health Nurse visit, opportunities to meet other parents and learn about resources for families in the community. Formally "Baby Talk". Hosted by the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House. The drop-in takes place at Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser St. Victoria.

Esquimalt Best Families

A registered group for parents and their babies up to 12 months of age who have been involved in a Best Babies or other similar prenatal program. Educational topics, encouragement and support provided regarding infant safety, breastfeeding, infant feeding, parent coping strategies, healthy lifestyle and positive parenting. Located at Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria.

La Leche League (Victoria Central)

La Leche League Canada offers free mother-to-mother breastfeeding and chestfeeding information and support. Leaders are available to help by phone, email, text, or home- or hospital visits. There are also monthly meetings for mothers and moms-to-be, partners and children to meet and share their successes and challenges.  Visit the website link to find the very active Facebook group, where meetings are announced, links are shared, and questions are asked and answered. You can connect with La Leche League *before* your baby is born! Contact Ruth or Uschi for meeting times and location.

Introduction to Cloth Diapering

New parents today have so many choices when it comes to cloth diapering that it can be overwhelming! Should you choose hemp? cotton? fleece? bamboo? What about closures... snaps or velcro or...? And how do you wash them? Join us for fun, interactive cloth diapering workshop and let us help you make sense of it all. $5. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria.

Dad’s Group

For dads and male caregivers of babies 0-12 months. The group is facilitated by Michael Deloughery. Michael is a father of four and has been facilitating groups for parents since the 1970s. Through this experience he has witnessed the benefits that come from a parent simply expressing what is real for them and being truly heard. He also knows first hand how difficult this can be for many men in the beginning. Drop-in, $2. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria.

Mobile Babies & Toddlers

For mobile, exploring babies and toddlers, 9 to 18 months. Discussion surrounds learning, eating, sleeping and how to have fun with our children. Drop-in, $2. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria

Older Babies Group

In this group, discussion moves past the survival mode of the first few months. Topics include about playing with and teaching our babies, creating a routine, sleep and introducing solid foods. This group is for you if your baby is 4 to 9 months old. Drop-in, $2. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria.

New Babies Group

Group for you with your newborn (up to 4 month maximum). A chance to meet other new parents and discuss the challenges of parenting a newborn. Our usual topics in this group are feeding, diapering, comforting and the changes we are experiencing in ourselves. Drop in, $2. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria. 

Baby Group

This free support and information group includes: speakers, discussion, fun and friendship with other new parents. Registration required, please call number below. Located at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Victoria.

Best Babies (Tillicum/Saanich)

Prenatal nutrition program. Provides resources for pregnant and parenting mothers, up to 6 months after delivery. Vitamins, food vouchers, childminding, and lunch available. Please call to register. Located at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Rd. Victoria (inside Pearkes Rec. Centre, behind Tillicum Mall)

Best Babies (Fernwood)

Free pre- and post- natal groups for pregnant people or new parents. Educational sessions, one-on-one support, food vouchers, produce, prenatal vitamis & supplements, baby food demos, healthy snacks and lunch, hospital tours and hospital pre-registration, onsite access to a Public Health Nurse, a Dietitian, and a Dental Hygienist. Call to register. Located at Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave. 

Best Babies (Quadra Village)

A pre- and post-natal program, in cooperation with Victoria Best Babies and Island Health that aims to optimize nutrition and health in expectant new parents and families. Weekly meetings, one to one support plus dietitian, public health nurse and dental hygienist services. Registration required, call Helen at number below. Located at Quadra Village Community Centre, 901 Kings Rd. Victoria.

Triple P Vancouver Island

The Positive Parenting Program provides simple solutions to make parenting easier. Free to Vancouver Island Parenting. Check out their website for courses closest to you.

Triple P Group

The Positive Parenting Program provides simple solutions to make parenting easier. Topics: ensuring a safe, interesting, and positive learning environment; using assertive discipline, having realistic expectations. Free. Located at South Island Centre for Counselling and Training Conference Room, 3821 Cedar Hill X Rd, Victoria.

Young Parent Support Network Drop-In

Weekly (Monday mornings) support program for parents who are under 30 years old with children 0-6 years. Hosted by the Young Parent Support Network (YPSN), located at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Rd.

ORCCA Dental Clinic Society

ORCCA's purpose is to provide children and adolescents under 19 years of age from low-income families access to oral care in a not for profit setting. It is based on the beliefs that all children and adolescents have the right to healthy oral care and that effective oral care positively transforms the health and lives of children and adolescents.

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Clinic

The Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Service is an interdisciplinary team working in collaboration with families and community partners to: support best practice in assessment and treatment of children and youth with feeding, swallowing and nutrition concerns; provide education for families and partners; contribute to current knowledge in order to support optimum, safe nutritional health for clients Located at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, 2400 Arbutus Rd. Victoria BC

Esquimalt Health Unit

Public Health Units provide services to the communities and individuals they serve, with a goal to increase health and wellness. Access immunizations, prenatal support, postpartum programs, etc. Located at 530 Fraser St. Victoria.

Victoria Health Unit

Public Health Units provide services to the communities and individuals they serve, with a goal to increase health and wellness. Access immunizations, prenatal support, postpartum programs, etc. Located at 1947 Cook St. Victoria.

Saanich Health Unit

Public Health Units provide services to the communities and individuals they serve, with a goal to increase health and wellness. Access immunizations, prenatal support, postpartum programs, etc. Located at 3995 Quadra St. Victoria.

Island Health Immunizations

An opportunity for children 0-5 years to get immunized by Island Health professionals. Available at many locations.

James Bay Community School Centre

The James Bay Community School Centre offers a variety of programs and services: adult recreation and continued learning, child and youth programs, early childhood programs, seniors dinners, community events, and childcare. Location: 140 Oswego St. Victoria.  

Fernwood NRG

The Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group Society is a non-profit organization. They provide quality child care spaces for children aged 8 months to 5 years old, affordable housing, legal aid for families, community dinner, playtime drop-in, as well as organize annual events for the community. Fernwood Community Centre located at 1240 Gladstone ave, Victoria.

Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

The Fairfield Community Place is a community centre and neighbourhood house that offers daycare and preschool programs, out-of-school care, parent and tot drop-ins, seasonal community events, recreation and fitness classes, and workshops of all kinds. Location 1330 Fairfield Rd, Victoria.

Burnside Gorge Community Association

The Burnside Gorge Community Association provides: childcare programs for ages 3.5 to 11; community and school based youth & family services; housing and asset development supports for youth and families; community recreation and special events for all ages; and a variety of community development initiatives. Location 471 Cecilia Rd, Victoria. 

Quadra Village Community Centre

The Quadra Village Community Centre (Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee) is a safe and welcoming gathering place in the neighbourhood of Hillside Quadra. They work together to nurture community well-being by providing services and programs to meet the social, educational, health, employment, environmental and recreational needs of their community: including prenatal support, children's, youth, family, and seniors. Call 250-388-7696. Located at 901 Kings Rd, Victoria.

Saanich Neighbourhood Place

Saanich Neighbourhood Place is a non-profit organization that offers parenting support, pre-natal, prenancy and postpartum programs, Best Babies, early childhood programs, preschool, drop-in playtime, community kitchen, and family dinners. Located inside Pearkes Rec Centre (Saanich Recreation), at 3100 Tillicum Rd, behind Tillicum Mall.

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