Northumberland Bridges Is a parent support program connecting clients with children 0-6 years of age to Healthy Child Development Services and incorporates a parent program connecting parents to “12 Keys to Successful Parenting”. These 12 Keys will assist parents in moving forward to sustainability for the future. Through this parent support group, parents can be linked to a host of community supports that will contribute to their success. Programming includes healthy snacks, floor time play, music and movement, a parent education portion and a nutritious meal together. During all programs, children may participate in our children’s play program: “ZOOM!” Parents who participate in the Northumberland Bridges Program will engage in one of three peer support groups:
The Crossroads Program is open to community parents and guardians with children up to 6 years of age living with a low income. Crossroads is designed to promote healthy child development and provide nutritional and educational supports to participants in communities throughout Northumberland County. Program locations include Campbellford, Cobourg and Port Hope.
Going Places is for parents aged 16-25, who are LEAP Participants, pregnant or have a child 0 – 6 years of age and are working to achieve their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Participants commit to attending Going Places to achieve 35 hours of parenting education and are linked to enhanced support services. Northumberland Bridges coordinates the parenting portion of the Learning, Earning and Parenting Program. Going Places meets weekly in Port Hope.
This program is designed to provide nutritional and education support to pregnant and or breastfeeding families with infants up to six months of age. Programming includes labour and delivery, breastfeeding, nutrition, basic baby care and infant massage.