A collaborative relationship between practitioners and families is a key element of quality child care. That is why the Canadian Child Care Federation has developed resources with parents in mind.

    Early Learning and Childcare Resources

    Finding a high quality early learning environment that meets the needs of your child and your family is challenging. We suggest you use a look, listen, ask and feel approach.

    Look – do you like the environment? Is it child friendly? Is it safe? Is it welcoming for both you and your child?

    Listen– asking key questions (and getting the correct answers) will provide you with vital information. See checklist brochure below for questions.

    Ask- is the provider licensed/regulated/monitored? Do they have emergency first aid training? Are they insured to run a child care program? Do they provide receipts for payments?

    Feel – do you like being in the setting? Does your child look relaxed, happy during your visit? Are they interested in what is happening?

    Finding quality child care

    A guide for parents in Canada

    This website provides information for parents in Canada looking for quality child care that’s affordable and meets the needs of their families.  Find out why it’s hard to find good child care, about child care options in each province and territory, general information about child care in Canada, what the best evidence says about quality, and how to improve your chances of accessing high-quality child care.


    100 Parenting Resources

    The CCCF resource sheet series, has been developed with both you the parent and the practitioner in mind. The information is provided in an accessible, free downloadable format, with concise practical tips on how to manage the early years.

    1. When a Child is Hospitalized
    2. Parents as Partners in Reading
    3. The Child’s Rights in a Preschool Setting
    4. Car Travel with Preschoolers
    5. 98 Ways To Say “Very Good”
    6. “I See! I Want!”
    7. How Well Do You Know Your Child?
    8. Musical Playtime
    9. Returning to Work with an Infant
    10. Helping Children Understand Death
    11. Healthy Habits Include Fitness
    12. Video Literacy: A Challenge for Parents and Caregivers
    13. Protecting Children: Helpful Rules to Keep Young People Safe
    14. Recycling for Fun
    15. Children and Creativity
    16. Revenge on the Superheroes
    17. Home Alone
    18. When Jack Frost Comes Nipping
    19. Stress in Children
    20. Sunshine – Approach with Caution
    21. Safety in the Arts
    22. Cooking and Learning Together
    23. Developmentally Appropriate Practices in School-Age Child Care
    24. Food Safety for Everyone
    25. Seven Steps to Oral Hygiene for Children
    26. Toy Safety
    27. Ear Infections, Hearing Loss and Children
    28. Water Safety
    29. Toxic Plant List
    30. Respecting the Children in Our Care
    31. Encouraging Language Acquisition in Young Children
    32. Playground Safety
    33. HIV/AIDS and Child Care
    34. Making a Quality Child Care Choice
    35. Helping Children Respect and Appreciate Diversity
    36. Helping Young Children Tell the Truth
    37. Celebrate National Child Day – November 20
    38. Communicating with a Child who has Special Needs
    39. Managing the Television at Home
    40. Babies and Toddlers Need Language Play Too
    41. Coping with Separation Anxiety
    42. Managing the Internet
    43. Exploring Nature with Children
    44. Comforting Your Young Child
    45. Understanding Learning Styles
    46. Making Active Choices Every Day
    47. Polyvinyl Chloride Toys
    48. Tips for Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviour
    49. Teaching Children to Respect Dogs
    50. Choosing Good Video Games
    51. Your Child’s Relationships
    52. Supporting your Child’s Physical Activities
    53. Not all Bugs are Created Equal: Use Antibiotics Wisely
    54. Children’s Healthy Eating
    55. Resolving Conflicts – Promoting Peace
    56. Early Identification for Children with Special Needs
    57. Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care
    58. Families Helping Families
    59. Keeping Current through Lifelong Learning
    60. Where Does Your Centre-Based Child Care Dollar Go?
    61. Discovering Work Family Balance
    62. 10 Tips for Selecting Children’s Software
    63. Respecting Children’s Rights in Practice
    64. Respecting Children’s Rights at Home
    65. The Best Parent Ever
    66. Fear and Loathing: A Guide to Bullying Behaviour
    67. Healthy Spaces
    68. Children at Play in the Great Outdoors
    69. The World is the Children
    70. Caring for Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    71. Connecting with Your Community Health Partners: Paediatricians
    72. Supporting Science Learning at Home
    73. Connecting with Your Community Health Partners: Dieticians
    74. Teaching Children About Safe Fire Exits at Home
    75. Moving and Growing:Building a Lifelong Habit of Physical Activity
    76. Connecting With Your Community Partners: ChildWelfareWorkers
    77. Supporting Children to Learn Through Play
    78. I Have the Right to Play!
    79. Bringing Back Physical Activity in Childhood
    80. Outdoor Play Environments
    81. Supporting and Encouraging Children’s Right to be Heard
    82. Physical Punishment – It’s Harmful and It Doesn’t Work
    83. Toilet Learning
    84. Hand Washing: The Best Prevention for Colds and Flu
    85. Building a Partnership with Your Child Care Practitioner
    86. Building Partnerships with Families
    87. Practitioners and Families Together: Encouraging Positive Behaviour
    88. Strengthening Communication Skills
    89. Parents as Partners: Enhancing Self-Esteem
    90. Problem-Solving Skills — Enhancing Children’s Social and Emotional Well-Being and Resilience
    91. Families and Practioners Working Collaboratively to Support Cultural Identity in Young Children
    92. Encouraging Aboriginal Cultural Identity at Home and in Child Care
    93. Growing a Green Garden – Organic Gardening in a Child Care Setting
    94. Building a Foundation for Numeracy
    95. Ages and Stages of Numeracy Development
    96. Preventative Steps When Caring for Children in Your Home
    97. How Do You Know That You Are Moving Toward Inclusion?
    98. Learning to use “Words”!
    99. Clean Air for Healthy Children
    100. Nine Crucial Elements of Early Childhood Education
    101. Promoting Indigenous Languages in Early Learning and Child Care
    102. Child Care: A Canadian Snapshot
    103. The Value of Play for Young Children
    104. Primary Care
    105. Creating a Personal Approach to Leadershp
    106. Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Behaviours
    107. Your Family/Home Child Care An Environment Checklist
    108. What You Should Know About… Getting Your Vulnerable Sector Check
    109. Cheers to 30 Years! The Canadian Childcare Federation: A Dream that Became a Reality

    Dietitians help parents find out how their young child’s eating habits measure up

    Dietitians of Canada is excited to announce the launch of Nutri-eSTEP at  This new online tool will help parents of young children identify positive healthy eating habits, offer guidance on how to work on eating behaviours that need improvement and link them to existing resources.

    “In less than 10 minutes, parents or a caregiver can complete an easy to use online questionnaire, receive immediate feedback on “What is Going Well” and “What to Work On”, and then be linked to healthy eating resources and community services,” says Helen Haresign, Director of EatRight Ontario.  “Launching the Nutri-eSTEP online tool means that more parents across Canada can benefit from the screening tool.”

    Dietitians of Canada, and the staff of EatRight Ontario, have worked with the University of Guelph to bring the NutriSTEP® nutrition screening questionnaires for preschoolers (3-5 years) and toddlers (18-35 months) online. Parents answer a series of multiple choice questions about the child’s current habits, such as daily food choices, screen time and physical activity, growth and other related factors. “The questionnaires are a fast and simple way to assess eating habits and identify potential nutrition problems in young children.  By providing parents with healthy eating advice, children will get a healthy start in life for good nutrition, healthy growth and development, and school readiness,” says Janis Randall Simpson, Associate Professor, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph.  The NutriSTEP®questionnaires were previously provided to parents by staff in some clinics, public health, or day cares, but were not available to all parents.  Nutri-eSTEP helps address barriers for underserviced areas, and means that more parents have access to the screening questionnaires as well as written feedback and tips from registered dietitians, and follow up links to articles, videos, kid-friendly recipes and community services.

    Parents who complete the questionnaires and are looking for more guidance can contact nutrition services in their community.  In Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba, parents can call a Dietitian Call Centre to get free advice.

    • EatRight Ontario – call toll free 1-877-510-510-2
    • HealthLinkBC – call toll free  8-1-1
    • Manitoba – call Dial-a-Dietitian toll free 1-877-830-2892, or 204-788-8248 in Winnipeg

    The project is funded by a Knowledge Translation Supplement from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

    About Dietitians of Canada 
    Dietitians of Canada (DC) is the national professional association for dietitians, representing close to 6,000 members at the local, provincial and national level. As the voice of the profession, DC strives for excellence in advancing health through food and nutrition.  DC operates EatRight Ontario and acknowledges the financial support of EatRight Ontario by the Ontario government.