Families participating in Child and Family Development and Support Services gain new competencies, improve child health and well-being, improve family functioning, and make family-community connections.
Examples: Relevant topics may include, but are not limited to:
basic caregiving routines;
child growth and development, including physical, cognitive, and social development;
environmental safety and injury prevention, including safe practices for sleeping and bathing when applicable;
meeting children’s health and emotional needs;
parent-child interactions and bonding;
educational enrichment; and
age-appropriate behavioural expectations and disciplinary strategies.
Expectant parents are educated about the following prenatal health topics:
fetal growth and development;
the importance of prenatal care;
nutrition and proper weight gain;
medication use during pregnancy;
effects of tobacco and substance use on fetal development;
what to expect during labour and delivery; and
benefits of breastfeeding.
These topics may be addressed by qualified medical personnel in the context of the prenatal health care referenced in CA-CFD 6.02.
NAThe organization does not serve expectant parents.
Parent education services promote self-sufficiency and self-efficacy by addressing topics related to positive personal functioning and development, as appropriate to the needs of the service population and the goals of the program.