Baby Connections

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Contact Information
Office Phone 519-886-8886 ext. 1217
E-Mail info@babyconnections.ca
Website www.babyconnections.ca
Primary Contact Sharon Balzan, Baby Connections Program Assistant, KidsAbility; Phone: 519-886-8886 ext 1217; Email: info@babyconnections.ca
Alternate Contact Development and Communications Officer, Strong Start Charitable Foundation; Phone: 519-743-9578 ext 104; Email: cproctor@strongstart.ca
Address and Location Information
Areas Served Waterloo Region
Site Location Baby Connections materials are stored at KidsAbility (500 Hallmark Drive in Waterloo), but the program is delivered at many different sites in the community
Located In Community Waterloo Region
Mailing Address c/o KidsAbility 
500 Hallmark Dr 
Waterloo, ON N2K 3P5
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Organization Details
Description (Service) Baby Connections is a free community program that helps families to develop literacy skills with their babies from 6 to 12 months. The program is delivered across Waterloo Region by trained facilitators who share the program's key messages, easy strategies, and resource kits to support families in communicating with their babies. 
 
Public programs are offered through: 
*Cambridge Family Early Years Centre * Idea Exchange - Clemens Mill Branch * Idea Exchange - Hespeler Branch * Idea Exchange - Preston Branch *Idea Exchange - Queen's Square Branch * Kitchener Public Library - Central Branch * Kitchener Public Library - Central Branch * Kitchener Public Library - Country Hills Branch * Kitchener Public Library - Forest Heights Branch * Kitchener Public Library - Grand River Stanley Park Branch * Our Place Early Years Centre - Country Hills Community Centre * Our Place Early Years Centre - Doon Community Centre * Our Place Early Years Centre - Downtown Community Centre * Our Place Early Years Centre - Gatewood Road * Our Place Early Years Centre - Kitchener Public Library Central Branch * Our Place Early Years Centre - Williamsburg Community Centre * Region of Waterloo Library - Ayr Branch * Region of Waterloo Library - Baden Branch * Region of Waterloo Library - Elmira Branch * Region of Waterloo Library - New Hamburg Branch * Region of Waterloo Library - Wellesley Branch * YMCA Early Years Centre - Breslau Community Centre * YMCA Early Years Centre - Bridgeport Community Centre * YMCA Early Years Centre - Erbsville Site * YMCA Early Years Centre - Main Site * Waterloo Public Library - Main Branch * Waterloo Public Library - McCormick Branch * Waterloo Public Library - John M Harper Branch * Wilmot Family Resource Centre - New Hamburg Branch Library * Wilmot Family Resource Centre - Baden Branch Library * YMCA Early Years Centre – Elmira Family Centre 
 
Private programs are offered through:  
* Family and Children's Services * ROW Healthy Baby Healthy Children Program * ROW Infant Child and Development Program * Carizon Family and Community Services - St Peter's Lutheran Church * Highland Stirling Community Group - Evangelical Missionary Church * Langs * LINC (Language Instruction for New Canadians) * Project READ Literacy Network
Description & Services
Hours Varies depending on site * Some sites run Baby Connections programs all year and other sites run programs on a seasonal basis (Fall, Winter, and/or Spring)
Meetings Annual meeting for partner organizations and facilitators every November; facilitator training offered several times a year
Eligibility Ages: 0.5 year(s) - 1 year(s) 
 
Infants and their parents/caring adults
Application Must register for program online at www.babyconnections.ca or through program site
Languages English
Fees None
Service Categories Early Literacy Development Programs