What do Parents Need?

Last updated:  June 21, 2024

Have your say in the Parenting in Peterborough Survey!

Survey is available in English, French, and Arabic

Peterborough Public Health and Trent University are working together to learn about what it’s like to be a parent or caregiver in the Peterborough area. We want to hear your ideas to help shape the community support you need.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As a fraud prevention measure, please DO NOT share through social media. Please feel free to share with your friends who are parents directly!

What is the survey about?

Take the 15-25 min survey to share what you’re good at as a parent, what has been hard, and how you get information about parenting and kids.

Some questions may feel personal, but your answers are important and will be used to make programs and services to suit your needs.

Who can take the survey?

Open to parents or caregivers of child(ren) ages 0-12 living in the City of Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation, or Hiawatha First Nation. You must be at least 14 years old to participate.

Do you want to talk more about parenting?

There are focus groups for parents happening in the Peterborough region to learn more about your experiences. Read more at socialchangelab.ca/in-their-own-words.

Ethics Approval

The study has been reviewed and approved by the Trent University Research Ethics Board. Any questions or concerns about the ethics of this study can be directed to Anna Kisiala, Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation, Trent University, 705-748-1011, ext. 7866 annakisiala@trentu.ca REB approval number: 28951

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Kara Koteles (kkoteles@peterboroughpublichealth.ca) or Kate Dunford (kdunford@peterboroughpublichealth.ca)

How long is the survey?

The survey takes about 15-25 minutes to complete, and you can pause and come back if you don’t finish all at once.

What kind of information are you collecting?

  • There are some non-identifying demographic questions, because we know the circumstances in which people live affect their health.
  • The questions are mostly multiple choice and some short answers.
  • There are questions about parent strengths and supports, challenges and stressors, and needs.

Why does Peterborough Public Health want to know this information?

Parenting is a tough job, and we want to know how we can best help parents in our community, which will support children in growing up healthy.

I have my children part time; can I take this survey?

In this study, a parent or caregiver is someone who takes care of a child. They can be related to the child or not, but they must see themselves as a main caregiver.

I’m a young parent, how old do you need to be to participate?

We want to hear from all parents, although our minimum age cut-off is 14 years old. Please feel free to contact Kara Koteles (kkoteles@peterboroughpublichealth.ca)or Kate Dunford (kdunford@peterboroughpublichealth.ca) if this is a barrier.

I want to learn more about current parenting support in Peterborough, where do I start?

Check out our What's Available for Families webpage to find more information

Click HERE to get to the survey.