Preparing for Parenthood

Partners and support people are welcome!

About the program

At the program sessions you will get:

  • Support from both Early Years and Public Health Professionals
  • Free Early Learning Family Programs
  • Access to Early Years Centre and Public Health resources and information
  • Healthy snacks

Take a look at the Preparing for Parenthood (Kitchener, Waterloo), and Preparing for Parenthood (Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich) brochure to see where and when the current program is taking place.

You are welcome to start at any time. No need to wait for a new series to begin!

Program topics and locations - 2016


YMCA Ontario Early Years Centre - January, February, April, May, September, October sessions

Our Place Family Resource & Early Years Centre - February, March, May, June, October, November sessions

Wilmot Family Resource Centre - January, February sessions

Woolwich Community Services - October, November sessions

See below tables for details.

1. YMCA Ontario Early Years Centre - Tuesdays 6:30 - 8 pm

 Dates Topic
Tuesday, January 12Welcome and getting to know your community resources
Tuesday, January 19Child care - One list
Tuesday, January 26Prenatal nutrition - Ask a Dietitian
Tuesday, February 2Taking care of your mental health
Tuesday, February 9Attachment and reading your baby's cues
Tuesday, February 16Creating a safe home environment
Tuesday, April 5Welcome and getting to know your community resources
Tuesday, April 12Car seat safety
Tuesday, April 19Breastfeeding
Tuesday, April 26Becoming a dad
Tuesday, May 3Informed decision making and birth plans
Tuesday, May 10Taking care of your mental health
Tuesday, May 17Benefits available to new families
Tuesday, September 6Welcome and community resources
Tuesday, September 13Attachment and reading your baby's cues
Tuesday, September 20Birth plans and comfort measures
Tuesday, September 27Safety in the home
Tuesday, October 4Your circle of support
Tuesday, October 11Child care - One list

2. Our Place Family Resource & Early Years Centre - Mondays (Feb-Jun); Tuesdays (Sep-Nov) - 6:30 - 8 pm

Monday, February 22Welcome and baby basics
Monday, February 29Staying active during the winter months
Monday, March 7Protecting your family's oral health
Monday, March 14Building baby's brains
Monday, March 21Birth plans and comfort measures
Monday, May 30Learning begins
Monday, June 6Doula support during labour and birth and after birth
Monday, June 13Sleep for baby and family
Monday, June 20Creating a safe environment
Monday, June 27Nutrition and making summer mocktails
Tuesday, October 18Welcome and baby basics
Tuesday, October 25Creating a healthy home environment
Tuesday, November 1Early literacy
Tuesday, November 8Breastfeeding
Tuesday, November 15Mental health
Tuesday, November 22Your family's oral health
Tuesday, November 29Sensory interactive session

3. Wilmot Family Resource Centre - Thursdays 6:30 - 8 pm

Thursday, January 21Pregnancy: What is normal? - Cancelled
Thursday, January 28Mental health and wellness - Cancelled
Thursday, February 4Nutrition and pregnancy - Cancelled
Thursday, February 11Breastfeeding - Cancelled
Thursday, February 18Car seat safety - Cancelled

4. Woolwich Community Services - Thursdays 6:30 - 8 pm

Thursday, October 15Welcome
Thursday, October 22Pregnancy questions
Thursday, October 29Nutrition
Thursday, November 5Loving yourself and your baby
Thursday, November 12Breastfeeding - Cancelled
Thursday, November 19Car Seat Safety - Cancelled

Program registration

To register call:

Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre - 154 Gatewood Avenue, Kitchener
519-571-1626 ext. 33

YMCA Ontario Early Years Centre - 161 Roger Street, Waterloo

Wilmot Family Resource Centre - 175 Waterloo Street, New Hamburg

Woolwich Community Services - 5 Memorial Avenue, Elmira


If you have questions about planning a pregnancy or being pregnant, call:

Region of Waterloo Public Health