Families & Children


Best Practice Autism – Guide to the Spectrum advocates and educates by providing a best practice guide to the screening, assessment and intervention of school-age children living on the autism spectrum.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton promotes and monitors long term supportive friendships for children who would benefit from quality relationships with caring adults.

Caring for Kids is designed to provide parents with information about their child’s health and well-being.

Children’s Services Council facilitates the coordination of services for children and youth who have complex needs and live in the City of Kawartha Lakes or Haliburton.

ConnectABILITY is a website and virtual community dedicated to lifelong learning and support for people who are living with a developmental disability, their families and their support networks. It is operated by Community Living Toronto.

Dad’s Move is a website for the fathers of children with special needs. ‘Dadvocates’ mentor others based on their own experiences as parents.

Early Childhood News is an online resource for the teachers and parents of infants and young children, to age 8.

E-Buddies creates e-mail friendships between people living with and without a developmental disability.

Families for a Secure Future assists in lifetime planning for people living with a disability.

Families Matter Cooperative helps families to support their loved one living with a developmental disability to become independent.

Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit works with community residents to prevent illness, protect against disease and promote healthy lifestyles.

Inclusive Education Canada is committed to quality education for all students in inclusive schools and classrooms.

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board serves the Municipality of Clarington, Northumberland County and Peterborough County.

Kerry’s Place Autism Services provides community outreach, psychological, and family support services to people living with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).

Kids’ Quest strives for inclusion and understanding by answering children’s questions about people who seem different to them.

Kinark Child and Family Services is a children’s mental health organization providing support to children, youth and families.

Learning Disabilities Association of Peterborough helps people with learning disabilities to do all that they can do.

Let the Children Play celebrates the importance of play in the lives and education of children and provides inspiration, tips and information to help parents and teachers alike put the play back into childhood.

Ministry of Children and Youth Services (Ontario) helps families to access the supports and services they need for their children at all stages of development.

Ministry of Education Early Learning / Full Day Kindergarten page

The Natural Child Project’s vision is that all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding and compassion.

Ontario Early Years Centres are places for parents and caregivers of children (ages 0 to 6) find information about their children’s development and services to support that development.

Our Kids is a website for parents, created by parents and offering such resources as ideas for homemade equipment, special needs tips, and a section for the caregivers of teens and adults living with a disability.

Our Families are Strong is a private Facebook group for our parents.

Peterborough Healthy Families is a joint initiative of Kinark Child and Family Services and the Peterborough Public Library and includes the Healthy Families collection and Healthy Families presentations.

Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board serves Peterborough and Northumberland Counties, the City of Kawartha Lakes and the municipality of Clarington.

Peterborough Youth Services provides counselling and support to young people aged 10 – 18 and their families

PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network) partners with directly families and the people with disabilities that they support and works to facilitate strong personal support networks, planning and advocacy, and mutual support.

The Plan Institute was created by Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) to address needs on a systemic level through the provision of educational material and initiatives, collaboration on community-based projects and engagement with a wide array of partners to host innovative initiatives for change.

Province of Ontario’s special needs services for children and youth.

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) information can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency website.

Respiteservices.com gives families online access to agencies and workers providing respite services in Ontario.To access information for the Haliburton/Kawartha/Peterborough/Northumberland area, click here. Respite.com’s main Facebook page

Services for Children & Youth in the City of Kawartha Lakes

Services for Children & Youth in Haliburton County

Services for Children & Youth in Peterborough

Special Needs Planning Group assists in lifetime planning for family members living with a disability.

SSAH & Passport Coalition is dedicated to ensuring that families receive the support they need from the Special Services at Home and Passport programs.

Today’s Parents features numerous resources for the parents of babies, toddlers and kids, as well as for those who are expecting.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board provides services to the municipalities of the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, and the District Municipality of Muskoka.

Zero to Three, National Center for Infants, Toddlers & Families works to support the healthy development and well-being of babies, young children and their families.