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The Early Years Support Services Registry (EYSSR) is a resource for health professionals in York Region who wish to refer a young child or their family for support services. It provides information about programs and services available for young children and their families including information regarding eligibility and referral.
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Title Description Provider(s)
Infant/Child Development Services

Inclusion Support Services

Supports children, birth to 13 years of age, who attend a licensed Early Learning and Child Care Program, licensed before and after school program, or an approved recreation program in York Region.

Neonatal Follow-up Services

Provides neonatal services for infants and children at higher risk of developmental delay due to prematurity or birth complications. The program is in partnership with Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, Markham Stouffville Hospital and Southlake Regional Health Centre.

Preschool Speech and Language

Provides help for York Region children from birth to school entry who have difficulty learning to communicate or interact. The program focuses on the prevention, early identification and treatment of speech and language problems.

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) continually reaches government, media, health care professionals and others to ensure that speech, language, swallowing, hearing and balance are recognized as part of total wellness. OSLA works closely with many other professional associations and consumer organizations that share an interest in health and educational needs relating to communication and is dedicated to ensuring that Ontarians have access to the essential services provided by Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a type of health care that helps to solve the problems that interfere with a person’s ability to do the things that are important to them, like self-care (getting dressed, eating) and being active (participating in the community and social activities).

Audiology

Services focus on the prevention, identification, assessment, treatment and habilitation of hearing loss in children with multiple special needs. Audiology services are provided by a registered audiologist and offered at the Children’s Treatment Network Richmond Hill site.

Feeding Assessment and Consultation Services

Feeding Assessment and Consultation Service (FACS) provides assessment and treatment for children with feeding and swallowing difficulties.

Diagnostic and Medical Consultation Service

Provides diagnostic assessments for children a query of Autism Spectrum Disorder and medical follow up and consultation for children with cerebral palsy or complex developmental, medical and/or physical needs.

Physical Therapy

Infant physical therapy is considered one of the most effective forms of rehabilitative treatment for babies who need assistance with balance, muscle control, milestones and more. Since physical therapy focuses on physical rehabilitation, many physicians recommend it for infants who have developed disorders and disabilities, regardless whether they surfaced from birth injuries or genetic abnormalities.

Ontario Autism Program

Ontario is transforming the way children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)and their families receive services through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). The vision of the OAP is to give children and youth with ASD access to the timely and effective services they need to achieve their goals at home, at school, in the community and as they transition into adulthood. The OAP provides all families of children and youth with ASD with flexible, family-centred services based on each child’s unique needs.

Autism Ontario

Autism Ontario is playing a key role in offering orientation and system navigation supports to families who are accessing or interested in accessing the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP). Autism Ontario will offer direct supports to families through the OAP Service Navigation Program to:

  • Help families understand the new Ontario Autism Program and the services available to purchase with their Childhood Budgets
  • Find qualified providers
  • Support families in navigating autism services, including helping them find local services and supports in their communities;
  • Provide access to parent resources and webinars; and
  • Provide opportunities for families to connect with each other at events, including through peer-to-peer mentoring and social learning opportunities for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Nursing

The Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) provides nursing services to children with complex health conditions and disabilities. Depending on their needs, children may receive nursing services in their home, at school, or in both settings. LHIN care coordinators, with specialized knowledge and skills related to child and family services will assess the child to determine how urgently services are needed. In addition to nursing services, depending on their needs, children may receive other services including: care coordination, clinical nutrition, social work and information and referral services.

Infant Hearing

Supports children residing in the York and Durham Regions, Peterborough, Northumberland, Haliburton Counties and City of Kawartha Lakes. The program focuses on monitoring babies who are at risk for hearing loss, audiology services, family support services with social workers and communication development services.

Blind-Low Vision Program

Provides service to children from birth to school entry who are blind or have vision loss. The program supports children residing in the York and Durham Regions, Peterborough, Northumberland, Haliburton Counties and City of Kawartha Lakes.

Case Coordination

Children’s Case Coordination works together with other agencies to help children, youth and their families in York Region who have very complex social, emotional, developmental, and/or physical needs requiring a coordinated service plan. Providing services for children and youth (between birth and19 years of age) and families who live in York Region and are currently involved with service providers in York Region. The child or youth has complex social, emotional, developmental and/or physical service needs.

Behaviour Intervention

Provides care for individuals living in York Region or Simcoe County who have a developmental disability with a significant cognitive delay, autism or are living with the effects of an acquired brain injury. Service is determined by evaluation of needs and may be provided through individual and/or group support.  Behaviour intervention is provided to children and adults through a comprehensive assessment followed by positive-based teaching and programming.  A full range of challenging needs are addressed and include general management issues, aggression, self injury, skill promotion, and social problem solving.

Dental

Children may be eligible for the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) program, which provides urgent or regular dental care to children of families who meet financial and dental eligibility requirements.

Mental Health Services

Provides specialized mental health services to families who have children under seven years old with moderate to severe emotional or behavioral problems, mental health concerns that might be observable as hyperactivity, anxiety, mood regulation, defiance, disrupted or challenging relationships and attachment struggles, trauma and aggression.  The program prepares children for successful functioning in the normal environments of home, school and community. Zero to Six services can include brief interventions, workshops, groups, play therapy, assessments or child and family counselling/therapy.

Child and Family Counselling/Therapy

Services can be offered at a centre or in-home, from a couple of sessions to regular weekly to biweekly counselling. It is usually goal-oriented to address family concerns regarding the child’s mental health which would be present in moderate to severe emotional or behavioral problems. This could include: hyperactivity, anxiety, mood regulation, defiance, disrupted or challenging relationship and attachment struggles, trauma, aggression, the impact of family changes such as separation and divorce, and/or relational issues such as sibling conflict, parent-child conflict, etc.

Trauma Therapy

When a child has experienced interpersonal trauma in the form of sexual, physical or emotional abuse, domestic violence and/or bullying an entire family can be impacted. The Child, Youth and Family Program is a family-centered, strength-based service for children ages three to18 and their caregivers that develops and reinforces the family and support systems surrounding the child.  Using a variety of modalities such as Trauma Focused-CBT, Somatic Experiencing, and EMDR, individual therapy builds upon the strengths and resources that exist within the child, the family and their environment.

Positive Parenting Program

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, backed up by more than 35 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships and confidently manage their children’s behavior while preventing potential problems that may be developing. Triple P issued in more than 25 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different kinds of family structures. The Triple Positive Parenting Program is delivered in various formats including brief face-to-face or telephone interventions, seminars and groups.

Watch, Wait, Wonder

Watch Wait and Wonder is an intervention that works directly and immediately with the infant/child parent relationship to foster the development of a secure attachment through empowering the infant in the therapy and enhancing maternal sensitivity and responsiveness.

Bounce Back & Thrive

Bounce Back and Thrive! (BBT) is a ten-week skills training course to teach parents and caregivers with children under eight years of age about coping with stress. Participants learn skills to help themselves and children feel less stressed and more hopeful about the future.

Transition to Parenting

A program offered to mothers with babies up to one year of age and pregnant women who are experiencing mood changes, including anxiety or depression, or are looking for support while adjusting to parenthood. This program provides information, support and resources to help women cope and feel better and is led by public health nurses who cover topics like:

  • Symptoms and risk factors of perinatal mood disorders
  • Setting realistic expectations
  • Building healthy relationships
  • Tips for healthy communication
  • Strategies to build self-esteem
  • Ways to take time for self-care
  • Community resources and support

Healthy Babies, Health Children Program

A home visiting program offered by York Region Public Health. Healthy Babies Healthy Children provides eligible families with information, support and connections to community resources.

The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Program

A maternal and child health home visiting program that provides a first-time mom valuable knowledge and support from pregnancy to when her child reaches two years of age. NFP is an evidence-based, community health program with three decades of research proving its effectiveness.

Client eligibility criteria for the NFP program are:

  • Twenty-four years of age or younger
  • First time mother
  • Twenty-eight weeks gestation or earlier in pregnancy
  • Experiencing financial hardship

Please note, if clients do not meet the above eligibility criteria, they can be referred to the Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program. Given the specifics of NFP eligibility, we encourage our community partners to make referrals to NFP with clients or on behalf of client (with client consent), to avoid any delays in the referral process, as consent to NFP program involvement needs to occur on the initial HV with the NFP PHN, prior to 28 weeks gestation. Professionals supporting the referral process may prevent delays in the referral process, since enrollment into NFP is time sensitive (maternal age, and weeks’ gestation).

Breastfeeding Clinics

Parents can get breastfeeding support and instruction at any of York Region’s breastfeeding clinics. Sessions are one-to-one with a nurse who has breastfeeding expertise. Families can call Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 to make a booked appointment at the Breastfeeding Clinic. Services are free of charge and open to all York Region residents.

EarlyON Child and Family Centre

EarlyON Child and Family Centre offers a range of free programs that support parents and caregivers, encourage positive interactions with children and provide information regarding early learning and child development.

Available Services:

  • Early learning and literacy programs for parents and their children
  • Programs to support parents and caregivers of children in all aspects of early child development
  • Information and workshops for new parents about pregnancy and parenting
  • Information about other early years programs in the community
  • Resource and Lending Library

Family Drop-in Centres

These are free, structured, drop-in programs that support play and inquiry-based learning for children from birth to six years of age in York Region. They are places for parents, expectant parents, grandparents and caregivers (including home child care providers) to:

  • Have fun with their children
  • Meet other parents, grandparents and caregivers
  • Access information, referrals and other specialized services in the community

Learning Disabilities advocacy

Provides leadership in Learning Disabilities advocacy, research, education and services and strives to advance the full participation of children, youth and adults with Learning Disabilities (LD) in society.

Child Care Fee Assistance

York Region helps make child care more affordable for families with low and moderate incomes. A child care fee subsidy helps reduce the amount of money that families have to pay licensed child care providers for child(ren) under the age of 13. This is a first-come-first-served program.

Priority is given to:

  • Families with a net income of $36,000 or less
  • Families who may be experiencing exceptional circumstances

ACDS - Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

Special Services at Home

Easter Seals

Incontinence Supplies Grant Program

Respite Funding

Housing and Shelters

Disability Tax Credit

York Region on a Budget

Financial Assistance

Brief Resource Service

Children's Charity

Positive Early Childhood Education

Children's Services

Enhanced Funding

Enhanced funding allows licensed child care operators to hire additional staff to support all children in the program, including children with exceptional needs. Enhanced funding is available for children whose parents are either employed or engaged in an educational or training program or have an exceptional circumstance supported by a physician or community agency. Enhanced Funding is a time-limited support that needs to be renewed every six months. Children who have exceptional or special needs may:

  • Depend on adults for instruction and care due to safety, mobility or health concerns
  • Require extra attention from adults due to safety concerns that they may hurt themselves or others
  • Require extra support when there is a combination of children in a group with social-emotional behavioural special needs and/or present safety, mobility or health concerns

Child Care Consultation

School Boards

Early Years Program Finder

Early Referral

Development Checklist

The Looksee Checklist by NDDS (formerly known as the Nippising District Development Screen) is a checklist providing a snapshot of a child's development until age six. It can help identify any areas where a child may need some extra help and activities to encourage development. Register children at Lookseechecklist.com for:

  • A checklist that captures a snapshot of your child’s development
  • Email reminders when it’s time to do the next checklist
  • Tips and activities to encourage a child’s development

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