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Resources for Families

Supporting parents and their children during the early years - a smart investment

In the early years particularly, parents are the most significant influence in a child's life. They nurture, support, protect and stimulate, and are the mediators of all their children's experiences within the family, with others, and with their community. These primary caregivers need information, support, and guidance.

All families have questions; all families need support. To make sure all kids can build healthy brains and bodies, we need universal supports with targeted strategies that give us the best chance of reaching all families.

Emergency Services (Ambulance, Fire and Police: 24 hours)

     Dial 911

Health Link (24 hours)

     Free nurse advice and general health information for Albertans

     Dial 811

Parent Distress Lines

     Calgary 1-403-266-HELP (4375) 

     Edmonton 1-780-482-HELP (4375)

Early Start Parent Information Line

     For infants under 2 months


Income Support Contact Centre (24 hours)


Family Violence Info Line (24 hours)


Canadian Paediatric Society Caring for Kids

Catholic Family Service: Motherhood Matters Mattered

Women’s Health Programs & Services

Family and Social Supports

Alberta Health Services (AHS)

     A province wide health system responsible for delivering health services to Alberta residents.

My Health Alberta

     Alberta’s online health resource offers valuable information on more than 8,700 health topics and tools that can help you make important decisions about you and your child’s health.

Best Beginning Prenatal Book

Healthy Parents, Healthy Children (HPHC

     Provides reliable, up-to-date, and standardized information and resources during pregnancy and birth and your child’s early years (up to 6 years of age).

          Pregnancy and Birth

          The Early Years

Mental Health Help Line


Mental Health During Pregnancy

Postpartum Mental Health

Parent Self-Care

Families Matter: Family Mental Health Programs

Shared Mental Health Care 

     Child and Adolescent Referral from physician required

Women’s Mental Health Clinic 

     Referral from physician required

South Calgary Health Centre 

     Walk-in and appointment based; no physician referral required

Calgary Counselling Centre 

     Fee for service based on sliding scale according to income

Access Mental Health 

     Provides a broad guide to mental health agencies and resources in Calgary

What to Expect When a Baby is Born Early

Preemie Care: A Guide to Navigating the First Year With Your Premature Baby

Preterm Baby Behavioural Cues

Learning Your Baby's Cues

Canadian Premature Babies Foundation

Life’s Little Love

     A free app that provides information for parents of preterm babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Download from the Apple iStore and Google Play Store.

A Partner’s Guide to Breastfeeding Support

Information Just for Dad

Families Matter: i-Dad

A Dad’s Role in the NICU

Canadian Premature Babies Foundation

Alberta Father Involvement Initiative 

     Encourages the responsible involvement of fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and any other man who is influencing a child.