The Better Beginnings, Better Futures/EarlyON Centre provides supports and services to families with children 0- 6 years of age.  Our goal is to promote optimal development in young children so they reach their full potential, and support parents in their role.  We work closely with parents, community members, volunteers and other service providers to ensure programs are of high quality, helpful and accessible to families with young children.

We are located at:

Community House
22-1485 Heatherington Road
Ottawa, ON K1V 8Z4
Playgroup
1495 Heatherington Road
(In the Heatherington Family Centre)

Playgroup, Karsh Court

Playgroup, St. Elias

You can reach us at:

613-523-2223

We are open:

The Community House is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm; Tuesday until 6 p.m.

The Clothing Bank is open

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We offer the following support and service:

Engaging Parents and Caregivers

  • Our Family Support Workers are friendly, helpful and non-judgemental.  They can connect with you to offer practical and emotional support as well as provide information about pregnancy, baby care, child development, stimulation, parenting and much more. They can also help you to connect with resources you wish to access in the community.
  • Speak with a Family Support Worker and/or an Early Childhood Educator, or attend a parenting group to discuss and receive information about child development, parenting, nutrition, play and inquiry-based learning, and other topics that you are interested in.
  • Connect with a Family Support Worker or meet with our Early Years Nurse to access pre- and postnatal support.
  • Come and visit our Clothing and Household items cupboard.  It is a community run program operating out of the basement of the Community House and has free men’s, women’s and children’s clothing; children’s toys; small household items.

Supporting Early Learning and Development

  • Attend our playgroup program on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm to encourage children’s exploration, play and inquiry.

Making Connections for Families

  • Connect with a Family Support Worker / ECE to discuss questions or concerns about your child’s development.  Through conversation and observation and the use of validated tools and resources (e.g., developmental surveillance, NDDS) we will help you identify areas of concern and put a plan in place to support development. We are also able to make referrals to additional supports in primary care or other regulated health professionals.
  • Attend workshops and/or information sharing groups to learn more about resources available to you.
  • Connect with our Community Connections staff to get assistance with immigration and settlement issues.
  • Attend the community house and access the phone, fax, and computer and make connections with your neighbours.

To self-refer or to make a referral, please contact Linda Martin, the Family Support Program Coordinator at 613-523-2223 or drop by the Community House to speak with staff.