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New Parenting Program for First-Time Expectant Moms and Dads

First-time parents expecting their baby anytime from late November 2006
to early January 2007 and from mid-February 2007 to early May 2007 can
now enroll in a free, prenatal and parenting program--The Parenting
Partnership. This is a two and a half year pilot program designed to
help first-time parents gain the skills needed to give their child the
best start in life and to meet the day-to-day challenges they face as a
couple and as a family. The first locations--in the GTA,
Hamilton/Niagara and Ottawa-Carleton regions--are now registering
eligible parents.

The Parenting Partnership has been created by Invest in Kids, a
national charity, and is the first program of its kind in Canada.

Topics will cover the gamut from labour, delivery and recovery to
shifted priorities in the couple relationship, finances and self-care;
caring for your child including health and safety and nutrition;
parenting including routines, guiding behaviour and supporting
children's healthy social, emotional and intellectual development
through positive parenting.  The program will accommodate the busy
lives of new parents and will be delivered with a combination of weekly
online sessions and face-to-face sessions held once a month at
partnering centres in the community.

For additional information about the Parenting Partnership and to
enroll in this program, please call Invest in Kids at 1-877-583-5437
(KIDS) or (416) 977-1222. To learn more about Invest in Kids and
supporting healthy child development, visit http://www.investinkids.ca.