Rural Family Connections offers programs, workshops and resources for Parents and Caregivers to promote the well being of children and the people who care for them. Whether you are pregnant, have a young baby or toddler or you are preparing your pre-schooler for Junior Kindergarten, Rural Family Connections offers programming for you, through our Live and Learn Resource Centre.

Prenatal Plus Classes

Thinking of getting pregnant? Already pregnant? This 6-week series is facilitated at times by an Ottawa Public Health Nurse and also by our Early Childhood Educators.

Topics include:

  • Public Health’s role
  • Infant Massage/Baby Sign Language
  • Birthing Companions/Doulas/Midwives
  • Child birth/Postpartum
  • Breastfeeding/Bottle Feeding
  • Healthy Babies/Healthy Children
  • Baby Nutrition
  • Yoga/Exercise/Dance
  • Nutrition for Pregnant Mom
  • Products

Offered periodically through the year, see Events for our current schedule. These classes are free, however space is limited and advanced registration is required. To register or for more information, call our office.

Kindergarten Readiness Programming

For Children 3 – 5 years old who are registering to attend school for the first time in the current year. Each child must be able to commit to the entire 6-week session. (Four days at 3 hours per day). Offered in English Only. Children who have no formal childcare or preschool experience will be given priority in this program. When sponsorship is not available, this program may be offered on a fee-for-service basis. See Events for our current schedule.

Bonding with Baby ($)

These four 1.5 hour classes focus on Infant Massage and Baby Sign Language.

The first half of class will be spent demonstrating and practicing the simple techniques of Infant Massage to help babies with gas, colic, constipation, teething and soothing those “fussies”. In addition, some specialists believe it is linked to enhancing the child-parent bond as well as development and communication.

The second part of each class will include some practical exercises in Baby Sign, a specialized sign language used to communicate with preverbal infants and toddlers. Many believe that Baby Sign Language can reduce frustration and tantrums and facilitates enhanced language development in young children.

See Events for our next scheduled class.

Clinics

Rural Family Connections occasionally hosts some of the following clinics and other workshops. For a current schedule, see Events

First Words

Ottawa’s Preschool Speech and Language Program Pre-assessment Clinics First Words focuses on the prevention, early identification, and treatment of speech and language problems. Are your concerned about your child’s milestones in communication? Go to firstwords.ca for a current listing of pre-screening clinics held throughout the city of Ottawa.

Dental Screening Clinics

Sponsored by Healthy Smiles Ontario (a Government of Ontario program) The focus is on children 17 and under. Get oral health information, learn about fluoride applications, tooth care and the Healthy Smiles Ontario program. See Events