It’s never easy adjusting to life in a new country. It can be an overwhelming experience and coping with so many changes can be very stressful. Families with children are especially faced with a unique set of challenges when trying to settle in new home communities. Fortunately, in Canada, there are lots of resources to be found in whichever province you have chosen to live.

There are specific programs aimed at Canadians, while others focus solely on families who have just moved here. All programs recognize the importance of children’s developmental stages. This is why they are a great place to find support and make friends in new home communities. The programs are free of charge.

In Ontario, for example, there are Early Years Centres, which offer parents and caregivers free drop-in programs for children up to the age of 6. Although these centres don’t focus mainly on new residents of Canada, families from any background may participate. Many centres are located in schools so parents and caregivers can become familiar with neighbouring schools and meet parents of students who may one day share a classroom with their children.

Early Years Centres focus on 4 specific areas:

  1. Preparing to be a parent if a child is on the way.
  2. Helping your child to talk, read and play.
  3. Learning new parenting skills.
  4. Meeting the needs of your family by obtaining information about other community programs.

To locate one of the more than a hundred centres in Ontario, call 1-866-821-7770, or visit the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services website. You’ll get plenty of friendly assistance from people who understand how difficult it can be for families to settle into new home communities.


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