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Dryden, Ignace and Machin Parenting Inventory

Make the Connection                     (Birth to One; One to Two Program)

An interactive parenting program to promote security, attachment and communication in infants. Parent/baby activities, discussions and video learning.

Best Start Hub: 934-6696 or Northwestern Health Unit 934-2236

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen &
Listen So Kids Will Talk / Siblings Without Rivalry

·     Six-week course
·     Helps parents build a better relationship with children of all ages and learn to live together
·     Child care available
Machin: 227-5437
Dryden:  223-7145

Positive Discipline

· Eight-week workshop for parents
· Provides concrete answers to parents who want to raise their children in a positive climate without punishment.
· Provides information on child development, healthy parent/child relationships and resolving conflicts.
· Positive communication will lead children to be fair, empathic, resist temptation and learn to make the right decision even when the parent is not there.

Dryden Best Start: 223-7145
Ignace Best Start Hub: 934-6696
Wabigoon CAP-C: 938-0051

Alphabet Soup is a program for families with preschool children 2 to 5 years of age. The parents and children have fun first with food rhymes, songs and children’s books. The children have a food-related art activity and the parents have time to chat about healthy eating and create food board games. The parents and children create and eat a healthy snack together and take home recipes and other nutrition tips (six sessions).               

Best Start Hub: 223-7145

ABC Fun is for children 3 to 5 years of age and parents. An early literacy program where parents and children explore literacy and environmental print through games, books, songs, dance and other activities.
Contact: Local Best Start Hub
Dryden: 223-7145
Ignace: 934-6696
Machin: 227-5437

PEPS – Program for Early Parent Support

Parents share information, stories and successes. Activities for children.
Ignace Best Start Hub: 934-6696               

Infant Massage is a program for parents and babies 0 to 1 year of age. Parents learn and practice techniques, philosophies and concepts supporting infant massage. Stimulates growth of body and mind, relief from gas, colic, teething, improves sleep, etc.              

Dryden: 223-7145
Ignace: 934-6696

Prenatal Classes: Northwestern Health Unit

Contact:                                               Dryden: 223-3301
Ignace: 934-2236

Gift of Motherhood Online Prenatal Education"

Go to, call 1-800-465-4377 or email to register for your FREE access code or call your local Northwestern Health Unit.

Dryden Public Library:

Family Programs such as story hour, crafts, lego club, family movie events and much more.

Contact: 223-1475

Kids Have Stress, Too

A workshop for parents to learn ways to teach children how to recognize stress and practical ways for coping with it.

Contact :
Ignace Best Start Hub: 934-6696
Parent Respite
Ignace Nursery School –Tot Time Care
Thursdays 1:00-4:30
Must call to pre-register
Ignace Best Start Hub: 934-6696

Best Start Hub: Play Group/Drop-in/Resources/Programs

Dryden: 223-7145
Ignace:  934-6696
Machin:  227-5437

Dryden Recreation Complex

Exercise for parents/pool, weight room, machines
Preschool Parent and Tots Swimming or Skating
Dryden Rec. Complex 223-1425

Active Parenting Now/for Step Families/Teens

For parents - sessions focus on positive discipline and communication
1234 Parents for parents of
children 0 to 4 years and Triple P
Contact Firefly to register:
Dryden/Ignace: 223-8550

Parent Instruction for Infant CPR

Contact: Best Start Hubs                     Dryden: 223-7145                   Ignace: 934-6696                                   Machin: 227-5437

Brighter Futures - CAP-C Wabigoon                           
Aboriginal Best Start Hub partner

Support drop-in for parents of children 0 to 6 years old, teach individuals or groups Aboriginal culture appreciation, Aboriginal parenting and positive parenting. We partner with a Metis Knowledge Keeper for medicine plant walks, etc.  Wesawkwete Zone One.

Contact: CAP-C 938-0051

Northwestern Health Unit offices

La Leche League Support - Dryden:
Colleen 223-5592

Telehealth Ontario Breastfeeding Support 24/7:

Family Esso Math Program -Children 3 years of age and parent

Parents assist children to explore math through fun activities such as games, books and music.

Contact:  Best Start Hubs
Dryden: 223-7145                    Ignace: 934-6696                                Machin: 227-5437

Making Connections for Children and Youth – Recreation Subcommittee

Assisting families in financial need to access programs in the community for children up to 18 years. Swim, skate, bowl, music, karate and other activities. Require a reference to sign application confirming financial need.
FIREFLY 223-8550
Ontario Works 223-4442

Also provides car seats to families in financial need. Contact the Northwestern Health Unit 223-3301

Aboriginal Health Babies, Healthy Children- Ontario Native Women's Association.

Home visits, prenatal support, milk to prenatal moms and children, parenting courses: Active Parenting, Growing Together, Nobody’s Perfect
Ontario Native Women's Association: Family Home Visitor 223-8730

Dryden CAP-C Aboriginal HBHC-Best Start Hub partner-Metis Nation of Ontario

For families with children ages 0 to 6 years old.
CAP-C strives to promote the healthy development of children and families from the pre-natal stage to 6 years old. FREE community-based activities, as well as holistic, social, educational, recreational and cultural activities. Group and individual support services are also accessible.
Contact:                                                     CAP-C Coordinator  223-5280  
AHBHC Coordinator 223-4535

Parent-Child Mother Goose Program

·     For children Birth- 1 year
·     A program for encouraging language development
·     The teaching is directed at the parents, focusing on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together with the children joining in.
Contact: Best Start Hubs
Dryden 223-7145                           Machin 227-5437
Ignace 934-6696

Perinatal Loss Support Group for Miscarriage/Stillbirth                               Contact: NWHU 223-3301

Postpartum Depression Support Group
Contact: NWHU
Dryden 223-3301
Ignace 934-2236
Peer Support for Parents with Special Needs Children                                        Contact: Firefly 223-8550 for meeting times
​Nursery School Programs
Dryden Nursery School Co-op 223-2433
Vermilion Bay Nursery School Co-op 227-5437
Ignace Nursery School 934-6696