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Early Intervention Resources and Links

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Simcoe County Early Intervention Services Parent Guide -
Download the full Parent Guide
Download Family Reference Sheet

Additional Resources, Services and Supports for Families (shown below) - Download Resources, Services and Supports for Families


Links

These regional services offer a variety of supports, services and resources to families and children.  Speak to your Resource Teacher or Early Intervention Worker or contact these agencies directly for more information.  Some services may be available in French.

211

If you require assistance or information, dial 2-1-1 to speak with a trained information specialist. This is a free, 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week, confidential, multilingual service providing information on community social and government services.

Phone : 211
Web : Info Simcoe County - Community Connection

Best Start Network Initiative in Simcoe County

Web:   Best Start Initiative in Simcoe County

A comprehensive map is available on the County of Simcoe web site under Best Start. This map will help you locate community services for families with children up to 6 years old. There are a number of topic areas to help guide you to the appropriate services.

Map : 0-6 Community Services Interactive Map (Best Start)

Ontario Early Years Centres/Family Resource Centres

Provides parents with information, education & resources to support their parenting role. Offers a variety of age-appropriate learning opportunities for children up to age six (6). All programs are free.

Phone : 1-866-821-7770
Web Ontario Early Years Centres/Family Resource Centres - Location Map 

Borden Family Resource Centre

The Borden Family Resource Centre provides community-based family services which support and enhance the quality of life of the Canadian Force Base Borden community.

Phone : 705-424-1200 ext. 3994
Web : Military Families Strength Behind the Uniform

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Offers a wide range of programs and public health services focused on promoting and protecting health and preventing disease, disability and injury.

Early Intervention Services Referral Information

Phone : 1-877-721-7520
Web : Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Offers help and support by phone or during a home visit to those who are pregnant and to families with children up to age six (6). Programs and free.

Phone : 1-877-721-7520
Web : simcoemuskokahealth.org

Children's Aid Society of Simcoe County

Dedicated to providing guidelines for children's issues such as abuse and general health.

Phone : 1-800-461-4236
Web : Children's Aid Society of Simcoe County

Community Action Program for Children Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program

Supports for teens/young parents, families with low incomes. Food and nutrition supports along with a variety of free programs for parents and children are offered.

Phone : 705-733-3227
Web : Catulpa Community Support Services

Children's Treatment Network Family Resource Site

Created BY parents FOR parents. Forum for posting discussing, sharing information.

Web : CTN Family Resource Website

La Clé d'la Baie

Variety of services to Francophone families included Childcare and Early years programs.

Phone : 1-877-316-6449
Web : lacle.ca

Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle

Aboriginal community development in the areas of child care, health planning, social development and support for seniors and families.

Phone : 705-734-1818
Web :   Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle

Métis Nation of Ontario

Delivers the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness program for youth and adults, and the Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children program to families and children up to age six (6).

Phone : 705-526-6335
Web : Métis Nation of Ontario

Native Friendship Centres

Provides programs that promote education, economic development, children's and youth initiatives, and cultural awareness.

Phone : 1-800-722-9291
Web :   Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Beausoleil First Nation

Services for Beausoleil members living on reserve.

Phone : 705-247-2051
Web :   Beausoleil First Nation

Rama First Nation

Services for Rama members living on reserve.

Phone : 705-325-3611
Web :   Chippewas of Rama First Nation

Native Women's Groups

Provides culture-based, CAPC and CPNP programs for Native women and their families.

Phone : 705-329-7755
Web :   Orillia Native Woman's Group

Phone : 705-527-7043
Web :   Georgian Bay Native Women's Association


Parent Support Groups

There are many local, provincial and national Associations as well as a number of local parent support groups that are valuable resources for families.  If you are interested in joining a local parent support group or would like more information, please speak to a member of your Early Intervention team.


Public Funding and Subsidies Available to Families

There are a variety of public and private funding sources for families in Simcoe County. The following are just some that may be available to you. For more options, we recommend that you speak with a member of your Early Intervention team.

Public Funding and Subsidies Available to Families (shown below) - Download list of Public Funding and Subsidies Available to Families

Childcare Subsidy

County of Simcoe

The County of Simcoe's Children and Community Services Department provides Child Care Fee Assistance to eligible families within the County of Simcoe and the Cities of Barrie and Orillia. Parents/Guardians must be working, attending school, fulfilling a participation agreement with Ontario Works, or in need of developmental programming for a child with special needs or to support exceptional needs where health, safety, well being of a family member is a significant risk. For more information, contact 705-722-3132 and press 4.

Child Care Fee Subsidy

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD)

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Provides financial assistance to help some families meet the extra costs resulting from a disability. Eligibility is based on total family income, total allowable expenses, as well as the number and ages of children in the family.

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

Special Service's At Home (SSAH)

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Families caring for their children at home who have a developmental or physical disability, may be eligible for Special Services At Home funding. This funding allows for developmental programming and/or parent relief. Funding is not meant to duplicate services available in the community and is based on the child's needs.

Special Services at Home

Easter Seal's Incontinence Grant

The program is for children and youth between the ages of 3 to 18 years of age with a chronic disability resulting in irreversible incontinence lasting longer than six months. Some children under the age of three (3) may be eligible for funding depending on their diagnosis (for example, Spina Bifida). The grant is a contribution to the cost of supplies and may not cover all costs.

The application must be completed and signed by a medical physician licensed to practice in Ontario. The child must be a resident of Ontario and hold a valid Ontario health card.

Incontinence Supplies Grant Program

Respite Enhancement Funding

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Provides support to families caring for a child at home with complex medical issues who is dependent on a technological device for survival. This funding assists families to purchase respite services. Families can contact the Community Care Access Centre Simcoe County to determine whether their child's care needs meet the eligibility criteria.

Respite Care