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Child Health Programs

Last updated/revised: November 23, 2023

Peterborough Public Health offers free, confidential and voluntary home visiting programs for pregnant people, and parents of infants/young children who are in need of extra support.

The Healthy Babies Healthy Children program provides support and resources, while connecting families with community programs, to help give children the best start in life. The program includes frequent home visits by a Public Health Nurse and Family Home Visitor. Services include prenatal education, breastfeeding and child nutrition support, parent-child attachment and healthy growth and development support.


  • Pregnant or actively caring for a baby/child who hasn’t started school yet.
  • Experiencing challenging life situations, limited supports and/or lack of resources, including concerns about:
    • The wellbeing of the client and/or baby/child
    • The child’s development and/or growth
    • The parent-child relationship
    • Lack of informal and/or formal support systems
    • History of physical and/or mental illness that are impacting the client’s ability to parent.
    • Life stressors, such as precarious housing and intimate partner violence.
  • Living in Peterborough City or County
  • Available for home visits during the program’s hours of operation: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program is a free home visiting program where a Public Health Nurse visits young, first-time parents weekly during their pregnancy and the first two years of their child’s life. The program can help support parents to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby, and continue to meet their education and work goals.


  • 24 years of age or younger.
  • Pregnant with their first child or first-time parenting.
  • Pregnant 28 weeks or less.
  • Experiencing challenging life situations, limited supports or resources (eg: socioeconomic challenges).
  • Living in Peterborough City or County
  • Available for home visits during the program’s hours of operation: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Infant and Child Development Program offers home visits, consultations and support for families with infants and young children who are or may become delayed in their development. Infant and Child Development Consultants offer assessments, activities to support learning and development, and service coordination with other community agencies.


  • An infant or young child from birth to school entry who:
    • Have a history of prenatal, perinatal, neonatal and/or early developmental events that may increase the risk of developmental delay (genetic or chromosomal syndromes, neurological disorders, prematurity).
    • may become delayed in development because of psychosocial, or environmental factors if combined with other developmental concerns
    • are demonstrating delays in development.
    • A medical diagnosis is not required.

Additional information about the program can be found through the provincial website: Infant and Child Development program.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children/Nurse-Family Partnership

Client consent must be obtained before submitting a referral.

To refer your client to the Healthy Babies Healthy Children or Nurse-Family Partnership programs, complete the HBHC/NFP Referral Form. 

Infant Child Development Program

To refer your client to Infant Child Development Program, complete the ICDP Referral Form

Fax completed referral forms to 705-741-4261.

Nurse-Family Partnership:
NFP Poster
NFP Brochure

Healthy Babies Healthy Children hand-out:
Early Child Development - Healthy Babies Healthy Children (

Infant and Child Development Program brochure:
Ontario Association for Infant and Child Development