Related References

Useful Websites

McMaster University Health Sciences

Key resources available include the Ontario Rourke Baby Record, the NDDS® (Nipissing District Developmental Screen) and the Early Child Development and Parenting Resource System Pathway, which lists community services

Ontario Rourke Baby Record

Available at:
machealth.ca, www.cps.ca, cfpc.ca, and rourkebabyrecord.ca

NDDS® (Nipissing District Developmental Screen)

ndds.ca, machealth.ca

Ministry of Children and Youth Services


Ministry of Health and Long-term Care


Ministry of Health Promotion


Ontario Early Years Centres


Centre for Excellence in Early Childhood Development


On Track, A Reference Guide for Professionals in Ontario


Harvard Centre on the Developing Child, "InBrief: The Foundations of Lifelong Health"


Triple P Ontario, Parenting Tips


Zero to Three, Behaviour and Development




Ages and Stages SE


Campaign 2000

Network of national, regional and local organizations that work on child and family issues

Canadian Council on Learning

Reports on learning, systematic reviews, and state-of-the-field reviews specifically addressing early childhood issues that can be useful for both researchers and practitioners.

Canadian Best Practices Portal - Healthy Child Development


Canadian Institute of Child Health

EN: cich.ca/index_eng.html
FR: cich.ca/French/projects-f.htm

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

EN: child-encyclopedia.com/en-ca/home.html
FR: enfant-encyclopedie.com/fr-ca/accueil.html

Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research


National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)


National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)


Nuffield Foundation

Publishes a newsletter, annual reports and accounts, reports, and consultation responses, all focused on research and innovation in education and social policy.

Growing Healthy Kids in Canada

EN: growinghealthykids.com/english/home/index.html
FR: growinghealthykids.com/francais/home/index.html

Society for Research in Child Development


Reports and Other References

Getting it Right at 18 Months... Making it Right for a Lifetime

Report of the Expert Panel on the 18-Month Well-Baby Visit.

Final Report to the Ontario College of Family Physicians for the Evidence to Support the 18-Month Well-Baby Visit

This report includes clinical practice recommendations that have been incorporated into the enhanced visit.

Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada 2008 (8th ed.)

This comprehensive report provides key data on child care and kindergarten across Canada. It tracks child care spaces, financing, quality issues and public policy developments at the provincial/territorial and federal levels.

The Health of Canada's Children: A CICH profile - 3rd Edition

This profile is a source of concise information on the health of children and youth prenatally to age 20, compiled through consultation with experts in many fields. It accessibly covers a range of community health indicators, with graphs, chapters and commentaries focusing on: pregnancy, birth and infancy, preschool children, school-aged children, youth, income inequality, mental health and well-being, children and youth with disabilities, Aboriginal children and youth, and children's environmental health.

Handle with Care: Strategies for Promoting the Mental Health of Young Children in Community-Based Child Care

Literature review of child care research focused on the areas of development most relevant to mental health

With Our Best Future in Mind: Implementing Early Learning in Ontario

This report to the Premier of Ontario by the Special Advisor on Early Learning, Charles E. Pascal, provides the foundation for the province's plan to implement full-day learning for 4- and 5-year olds in Ontario.

Families Count: Profiling Canada's Families IV

This comprehensive report examines the many ways in which the structural, functional and affective dimensions of family life have changed.

Ensuring the Best Start in Life: Targeting versus Universality in Early Childhood Development

In this article, the authors identify the most promising strategies for enhancing the development of vulnerable children, and then discuss the cost effectiveness of targeted programs and whether they provide the expected social returns that would justify these investments.

Raising Healthy Children: Translating Child Development Research Into Practice

The goal of this special issue is to highlight how developmental research has improved children and youth's physical, mental and socioemotional health, and to show the importance of an emerging "translational research agenda" in developmental science.

Do You Believe in Magic? What We Can Expect From Early Childhood Intervention Programs

In this article, the author addresses the question of early childhood intervention programs from three perspectives: 1) The developmental outcomes of children identified as vulnerable due to environmental circumstances, 2) The processes underlying the links between environmental circumstances and child competencies, and 3) The efficacy of early childhood intervention programs for altering vulnerable children's success in school and beyond.

Exceptional Returns: Economic, Fiscal and Social Benefits of Investment in Early Childhood Development

Based on the strong consensus that high-quality early childhood development (ECD) programs yield substantial payoffs, this book argues for investment in high-quality ECD programs to improve the quality of life of millions of children, reduce crime, make the workforce of the future more productive and strengthen the whole economy.

What Works in Parental Support? A Review of the International Evidence

This research report presents a review of the international evidence regarding the effectiveness of parenting support programs. It provides a wide overview of these programs by exploring the scientific research on their effectiveness in an effort to inform practice and policy.

Effective Education Programs for Young Children: What We Need to Know

This paper briefly presents the demonstrable benefits of high-quality early education programs in order to highlight the potential of these kinds of programs. The authors stress the importance of the quality of the programs developed.

Understanding the Impact of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program: A Quantitative Evaluation

This evaluation of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) looks at whether it has been effective at improving selected maternal and child health outcomes. The study involved presenting options for analysis of routinely collected quantitative data from program participants and analysis of the data reporting.