Early childhood services
There is no more important job than being a parent.
Jeffery Hale Community Services has a range of services for parents with children age four and under to support you and put you in touch with other English-speaking parents living in the area.
- OLO program – provides pregnant women who have limited income with coupons for free eggs, orange juice, milk and vitamins and follow-up by a nurse, dietitian or social worker.
- Prenatal classes – Offered in a group or online. Topics include lifestyle during pregnancy; becoming parents; labour and delivery; feeding a newborn; caring for a newborn; and the return home. For group classes, we partner with Valcartier Family Services, 418 844-5000. To obtain an access code for the virtual online classes, please call Jeffery Hale Community Services.
- Prenatal clinic – A place to talk with a nurse about your worries and needs around your pregnancy, delivery, breast feeding and bringing your baby home for the first time. Once you have a prescription from your doctor, call us to set up your visit to the clinic. Our nurse will do any blood tests that your doctor prescribes. She will help you connect with your birthing centre, give you a “From Tiny Tot to Toddler” guide and suggest other services to meet your needs.
- Postnatal home visits – Our perinatal nurse will visit after the birth of your baby to make sure that your new family is healthy and doing well.
- Postpartum Depression Screening – A new baby can affect a woman in ways that are not always positive. By taking a quiz of 10 short questions, our perinatal nurse can make sure that everything is going well for new mothers and offer specialised help when needed. Take a look at the introduction letter that is sent out with the quiz to new mothers who are being followed by our perinatal nurse.
- SIPPE program – promotes the health and wellbeing of families in difficulty from pregnancy until the child is school age.
- Documentation - The walls of our reception area are lined with pamphlets just for parents.
- Letters to Daddy programme – This series of letters helps dad understand what growing up feels like from his baby's point of view. Get a letter each month during the first year of your child's life. Take a look at a sample Letter to Daddy.
Other services in the community
Be sure to visit the website of Jeffery Hale Community Partners (our main partner from the non-profit sector) to learn more about the activities offered at the community Wellness Centre in the Jeffery Hale pavilion.
For our more information on our Early Childhood services, please contact Community Services reception by phone at 418 684-5333, ext. 1580, or use our contact us form.