Healthy Children, Youth & Families
At WCHC children, youth and their families are very important to us. We have a number of programs to support families to live healthy and happy lives.
Prenatal and Postpartum Wellness Webinar Series
Are you struggling to find a community of other expecting or new parents who understand what you’re going through?
Do you want to learn more about what to expect during prenatal appointments, suggestions on how to eat and exercise during pregnancy, ways for you and your family to keep well, newborn care, and breastfeeding support?
Would you like to meet new people who are going through similar things as you?
We have a fantastic Online Webinar Series where you can find some of just that!
This 6-week series will be a mixture of learning from different professionals, Q+A, and informal discussion time with other participants. It’s completely FREE! to sign up click on this link: https://forms.gle/tb2zfqjngs5YGQT48 , or call 519-656-9025 ext. 224
Healthy Smiles Ontario – Free Dental Screening
Healthy Smiles Ontario is a free dental program for eligible children and youth 17 and under. Good oral health is important to the overall health of children and youth. It’s very important to start seeing a dentist when your child is 12 months old and to keep going regularly. Healthy Smiles Ontario covers regular check-ups, preventive care, and treatment.
Why is oral health important? Cavities and gum disease can be painful and can lead to serious infections, affecting the growth of adult teeth. Pain can result in loss of sleep, affect a child’s ability to eat, and can also affect their ability to learn and attend school.
With Healthy Smiles Ontario, you can prevent oral health problems before they start. The screening ensures that all children in the family get that first visit, children may not have seen a dental care provider before. Babies can get cavities as soon as teeth appear, that is why it is important to have them screened by the time they turn one year old. This screening can help identify if your child needs emergency treatment and prevent decay. The Healthy Smiles Ontario program cares for lower-income families in need of support. Healthy Smiles Ontario is a government funded dental program. It provides free preventive, routine, and emergency dental services for children and youth 17 years old and under from low-income households.
This program includes regular visits to a licensed dental provider and covers the cost of treatment including:
- fillings (for a cavity)
- tooth extraction
- urgent or emergency dental care (including treatment of a child’s toothache or tooth pain)
Cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening and braces, are not covered by the program.
Please contact us if your child needs this service and we can make the arrangement to get you into the program. Call 519-664-3794 ext. 223 to leave a message for the Oral Health Peer Workers.
Wellesley Youth Advisory Council
If youâ€™re between the ages of 12 and 19, consider joining the Wellesley Youth Advisory Council (WYAC). WYAC is a group of hardworking, compassionate and engaged youth who are dedicated to making a difference in Wellesley Township.
We meet regularly to brainstorm ideas and plan events in Wellesley Township. Together we learn leadership skills to develop partnerships and activities in our community and have lots of fun. Plus, youâ€™ll be able to get your high school volunteer hours!
Please call 519-656-9025 ext: 224 if you are interested.
Gesundheit Fur Kinder
For over 25 years WCHC has been providing a specialized and supportive program for mothers and children from Low German-speaking Mennonite from Mexico families. GFK is a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program sponsored by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The weekly drop-in is a place for Low German mothers to connect with one another and learn about living a healthy life in Canada. WCHC is currently only offering this program virtually over WhatsApp due to COVID-19.
For more information about this program please call the GFK Program Co-ordinator 519-664-3794 ext 231
Baby-Friendly Initiative Designated!
Families coming to WCHC can know they are getting the highest standard in infant feeding care. In 2017 WCHC earned the prestigious, international designation from the Baby Friendly Initiative.