The Simcoe County Infant Development Program

The Simcoe County Infant Development Program provides in home services to families across Simcoe County with infants 0-2 years of age with limited service for children 3-5 years of age who are at risk of or who have been identified as having a developmental delay. A child may be referred by parents themselves or by community professionals with parent’s consent.

Recognizing that the family is the primary source of support and nurturing for the child, intervention on behalf of the child is family centred and directed. Through play, the infant or child’s strengths and needs are identified and appropriate activity suggestions are provided in order to support their optimum development. Parental guidance and support as well as suggestions to encourage and promote healthy parent/child interactions can also be provided.

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Infant Development Simcoe

As specialists in infant development and infant mental health, Infant Development Workers will assist the family to:

  • Identify the child’s and family’s needs.
  • Develop an Individual Family Service plan, focusing on the family’s goals and include specific activities that address the child’s developmental needs.
  • Link to and connect with a variety of professional services offered through the Early Intervention System as needed. These could include a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech/language pathologist, family counselling, developmental assessment, and/or behavioural intervention.
  • Co-ordinate services as needed in order to provide a team approach.
  • Access funding or special subsidies that may be available.
  • Connect you with local parent support groups and parent education opportunities as available.
  • Transition to Preschool Resource Services if needed.

Baby Bytes Program

As part of our service delivery to individuals and groups of parents, The Simcoe County Infant Development Program has developed a series of topics related to child development entitled Baby Bytes. Click here to see a list of topics

Services are available throughout Simcoe County with our main office in Barrie and satellite offices situated in Alliston, Bradford, Collingwood, Midland and Orillia. All services are free. The Simcoe County Infant Development Program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Services are available in English and French. For more information please call the Simcoe County Infant Development Program at 705-726-9082 ext. 2292.

To make a referral to the Simcoe County Infant Development Program fill out the Request for Service form Request for Service and email the form to preschoolservicesintake@simcoecommunityservices.ca. Alternatively fax the Request For Service to fax number 705-720-1083, Attention: Preschool Services Intake.

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