Parent Support Programs

      In their efforts to be the best parents possible, families in South East Manitoba may access or be eligible for the following services and resources in their communities.

Borderland School Division Parent Child Centres Full Schedule

Border Land School Division Parent Child programs take place at the elementary schools in Dominion City, Sprague and Vita. All parents with children aged 0-5 are welcome to participate in these free programs. For more information on the programs contact one of the above schools.

Child & Family Services

A program within the Manitoba Department of Families,  Child & Family Services offers short-term intervention to help families function effectively and result in less chance for harm in the future and provide counseling & family intervention to families. See the Resources for Families Listing for contact information or visit Child and Family Services in Manitoba.

Child Care

Licensed Child Care – A program within the Manitoba Department of Families. The  South East has both centre-based and home based licensed child care facilities and a number of licensed nursery schools.  There is a need for expanded licensed child care in the south east. For information on licensed child care visit Child Care Online.

Child Health Clinics

Southern Health-Santé Sud  Public Health Nurses hold regular Child Health Clinics.  Child health clinics provide physical examinations, information on child care, parenting, family planning, and healthy lifestyles, assessment of health and development and immunizations against disease. Every year thousand of Manitoba children are eligible for free immunization to protect them from a variety of diseases.  Check the Recommended Immunizations Schedule for Infants and Children for ages and  vaccines. To make an appointment for immunization contact your Public Health Nurse.

Children’s disAbility Services

A program within the Manitoba Department of Family Services & Labour, Children’s disABILITY Services (formerly Children’s Special Services) provides services and supports to families who may need assistance with the demands of caring for a child with disabilities.  For South East contact  information see the Resources for Families  or visit Children’s disABILITY Services

Division scolaire franco-manitobaine

The Division scolaire franco-manitobaine offers french language parent child programming in the DSFM schools. For locations and programming visit the Centre de la Petite Enfance et de la famille website.

Eastman Immigrant Services

Programs & activities are offered to support newcomer families with parenting, nutrition and child development.. More information available at Eastman Immigrant Services website.

Families First

Southern Health-Santé Sud Families First program focuses on building strong family relationships and connecting families with resources to best meet their needs.

Working with families in the community, Public Health Nurses identify areas where the family may benefit from information, support and/or additional resources. Home visiting may be one of the options available to you. A home visitor will meet with you and your family on a regular basis for up to three years. The home visitor will support you in building a strong relationship with your child and family, while sharing information and suggesting activities to help your child grow up healthy and happy.  There is no cost.

Hanover Parent Child Program Full Schedule

Parents and their preschool children (ages 0-5) are invited to come play, listen to and read stories, sing and rhyme, create crafts and have snack together. Check the Full Schedule for the times and dates of the programs in your community.
For information about programming call 326-9829.

Healthy Baby Full Schedule


Super Start is a Healthy Baby Program that provides women with information on topics such as nutrition for a healthy pregnancy, family nutrition, feeding your baby, parenting and post partum adjustment  -just to name a few! We are an informal group that has plenty of time for visiting with other parents, a poem and rhyme time with your baby, a healthy snack, door prizes and FREE milk coupons for all pregnant women and women with babies up to 6 months old . Childcare is provided for older children.

Call 204-346-6696 to find out when Healthy Baby meets in your community.


Jake Epp Library

The Jake Epp Public Library offers family literacy programs September through June including Baby & Me, Story Hour and Toddler & Me.  Program and registration information is available on the library website.  The library is located at 255 Elmdale Street, Steinbach.

New Baby Visits

After being discharged from the hospital maternity ward, families are contacted by a Public Health Nurse, who will be able to provide: physical assessment of Mom and newborn,  breastfeeding support , support for coping with the emotional adjustment to parenting, information on nutrition, safety in the home, and healthy lifestyle choices. The public health nurse will also provide a referral to other services that would support the parents and children

Prenatal Classes

For current information regarding prenatal classes click here


Seine River School Division

Seine River School Division offers LOLA, a parent child program at Arborgate School in La Broquerie, Marchand Community Club, Woodridge Community Hall and LEAP at Dawson Trails School in Lorette.  For information  on days and times, please call Lisa Balcaen at 204-878-0455 or email   All parents with children aged 0-5 are welcome to attend these free programs.

Stars of the Future Full Schedule

Stars of the Future is a screening for all children ages 3½ to 4 years old who live in the South East Health Region.  Stars of the Future allows parents to see how their preschool-aged children are doing in the areas of hearing, speech, language ability, fine and gross motor development in preparation for starting school. The Stars of the Future program is offered FREE of charge every spring and fall. Stars of the Future is offered in English. The French language En chemin pour demain takes place in March & April each year.

If you have a child between the ages of 3 ½ and 4 years old, you will be sent an invitation to meet with several health professionals (public health nurses, speech-language pathologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists). The one-hour appointment consists of checking each child’s hearing, speech and language development as well as their physical development. If any concerns are identified, the child will be referred for follow-up through the Children’s Therapy Initiative (CTI) of Southern Health- Santé Sud.

For more information or to see if your child is eligible to attend the next screening, please call Andrea at 204-346-6698 or email



 Fine Motor Workshops

Children may receive referrals to the appropriate health professional for follow up from the Stars clinics. Some children may be referred to the Stars of the Future fine motor workshop. .  Occupational Therapists meet with caregivers at an evening workshop to discuss fine motor development from birth to kindergarten. They provide practical suggestions to promote fine motor development. .

Steinbach Family Resource Centre (former Anna’s House)



Steinbach Family Resource Centre (former Anna’s House)


The Steinbach Family Resource Centre is dedicated to helping young families in the community and surrounding areas of Southeastern Manitoba. They are partly funded through the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program. At the Centre, “Every Family Counts”- any families with children between the ages of 0-5 can come to the Centre for help and participate in free programming and other resources.


They also provide a Clothing Cafe with free maternity wear and clothing for children ages 0-5, access to a baby scale, nutrition consultations, and hospital-grade breast pump rentals. During the summer, they partner with Staples Steinbach to provide financially restricted families with the necessary supplies for their children to perform well in school.



Classes provided include:


Special Delivery Club: Bi-weekly drop-in for expectant parents. Topics focus on having a healthy pregnancy and preparing for your new baby.


Rock and Rattle: Bi-weekly drop-in for parents and their babies up to 6 months of age. Topics focus on child development, attachment, family adjustment and parenting.


Discovery Zone: Bi-weekly group for parents and their babies from 6-18 months old. Topics focus on early learning and development.


Tick Tock Toddler Time: Bi-weekly group for parents and children 18 months to 3 years old. Learn and practice new, fun and interactive activities to support your child’s development.


Preschool Learn & Play: Bi-weekly group for parents and children 3-5 years old.


Breastfeeding Support Group: A weekly interactive support group with a focus on current information, presentations, and areas of concern.


Kinder Prep: A seasonal program that prepares children ages 3-5 for kindergarten by helping them develop and discover skills through interactive and fun activities. (Registration required.)



Series focusing on parental and family well-being include a Dads for Dads program focusing on issues unique to fatherhood, a Parenting Program for strengthening positive parenting skills, and Coping with Change, which teaches skills to help mothers adjust to life with a new baby.



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