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Toddler boy and preschool girl with dad

Parenting is one of life's most rewarding experiences but it can be extremely challenging as well. Fortunately, you don't have to tackle parenting all alone – there are many great resources available. Maybe a drop-in centre works best for you and your family, or perhaps you feel more comfortable at a regularly scheduled group or class.

Depending on where you live in Manitoba, you may be able to access a range of programs at the community level. To find out more about the community-based services and programs for families in your area, try the CONTACT Community Information Online Search Tool and the other links below. If there are other programs or services you feel we should add to our Community Programs list, please let us know by emailing us with the details (type of program, location, phone number, hours of operation and cost).

  • Child Care Online Search Tool – A search tool parents can use to help identify the child care options available to them.
  • CONTACT Community Information Online Search Tool – This searchable list of programs and organizations throughout Manitoba is relevant to all parents – whether they have babies or teens – and provides information related to child health and education, as well as a variety of other useful topics. Manitoba Healthy Schools worked with CONTACT Community Information (a program of the Volunteer Manitoba) to develop this customized directory. CONTACT houses Manitoba's most comprehensive listing of province-wide community services, programs and organizations.
  • General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres – The General Council of Winnipeg Community Centre's website includes over 60 City of Winnipeg Community Centres. Designed to be a resource for community centre volunteers as well as the public, you can check for your community centres' location, programming information, upcoming events, rental facilities and more.
  • Healthy Baby Community Support Programs – Manitoba's prenatal benefit and community support program, Healthy Baby, provides supports to mothers and their babies right in their own community.
  • Healthy Start for Mom and Me – This neighbourhood-based adult education group is designed for expectant and new families with babies up to one year. The organization operates drop-in sessions in nine Winnipeg neighbourhood sites, and they provide other practical supports as well.
  • Manitoba Schools, School Divisions, and Districts – This link provides contact information for Manitoba schools, school divisions and districts, including maps, calendar dates and school board contacts.
  • Nobody's Perfect Parenting Groups – A parenting program for parents of children birth to age five. Nobody's Perfecting Parenting Groups are offered for free at various family centres and other organizations throughout the province of Manitoba. Child care and snacks are also provided.
  • Winnipeg Parent Newsmagazine - Family Survival Guide – The annual Winnipeg Parent's Family Survival Guide is a directory of everything family in and around Winnipeg. If you are looking for parenting support groups, community family centres, expectant parent and new baby information, preschool programs, camps, schools, family fun, party products and services, festivals, and more, click on the link above.