Raising Healthy Children Program

The goal of the Raising Healthy Children Program is to help parents and caregivers learn about child development and new parenting skills.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in virtual programming in partnership with the YMCA and learn about other resources and organizations in the community.  Students can earn 1 high school credit while in the program, and will learn about options for additional credits through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

"The program allows you and your child to meet and interact with other parents and their children while gaining in depth knowledge about children's development.  I enjoyed the many resourceful workshops that were offered, and the teacher is simply amazing!" -Keturah


What will participants learn?

Parents and caregivers learn how to:

  • Help your child learn to talk, play and read
  • Learn about child development
  • Gain knowledge about new parenting skills
  • Get answers to your questions
  • Establish links to EarlyON programs
  • Learn about outreach activities in the community
  • Gain access to resources to support your child's growth and development


  • Contact Andrea Ellsworth (905-438-0570 x57164 or andrea.ellsworth@dcdsb.ca), Program Leader, to discuss program details and eligibility criteria. 
  • There is no cost for this course.

 Location: Remote Learning  

Students can work from home and book time to meet with the teacher virtually or at the Oshawa campus to get 1:1 support when needed.

Semester 1 - September 8 to November 8, 2021 (Monday to Friday)

Semester 2 -  November 9, 2021 to January 21, 2022 (Monday to Friday)

Semester 3 - January 24 to April 4, 2022 (Monday to Friday)

Semester 4 - April 5 to June 8, 2022 (Monday to Friday)


Continuing Education reserves the right to revise or modify programming due to Covid-19 measures.