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Positive Parenting

Positive parenting is an approach to raising kids that aims to promote development and manage behaviour and emotions in a positive, non-hurtful way. Positive parenting creates a lifelong warm, respectful, loving relationship between parents and their children. All parents can benefit from parenting education and support.

There are many resources and programs in Hastings Prince Edward to support families on their road to positive parenting. If you have questions about parenting support in the community, you can contact our Child Health CARELine by calling 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223. You can also text the CARELine at 450-990-5551.

Other local resources are listed below.

Involved Fathers

Learning to be a father can take time and practise. You will develop your own special way of caring for your child. As an involved dad, you have a powerful influence on your child’s growth and development. Dads are invited to contact our Child Health CARELine at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223 to speak with a Public Health Nurse. You can also text the CARELine at 450-990-5551. Additional resources and information are listed below.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Having a baby can be both an exciting and challenging time. You may have a lot of questions, and need help preparing for and adjusting to life with a new baby. The Healthy Babies Healthy Children program provides home visits from Public Health Nurses and home visitors to expectant mothers and new parents who need extra support. Home visits help you learn about:

  • having a healthy pregnancy and birth
  • connecting with your baby
  • how children grow and develop, and what you can do to help
  • being a parent
  • breastfeeding, food and healthy nutrition
  • taking care of yourself and your family
  • other services available to you and your child in your community (health services, parenting programs, family literacy programs and financial aid)

There is no cost to you for the program and it is your choice if you want to participate.

Need More Information About Positive Parenting?

For more information about positive parenting and involved fathers, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223, or text 450-990-5551.

For more information about Healthy Babies Healthy Children, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 269.

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.