Aboriginals (First Nation, Metis, Inuit); Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; LGBTTQ; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years); Women; Youth (19-24 years); Homeless
Helping families grow and thrive. Mothercraft Ottawa offers innovative programs to meet the needs of families and providers in the community. We have long been recognized as a leader in the field of early childhood education and for our commitment to quality programs and services. Mothercraft Ottawa is a charitable, non-profit organization, accountable to its clients and the community through an elected Board of Directors composed of service users and community members. Programs: Full-Time Day Care Centre, Kinder Program, Summer Day Camp, Part-Time/Respite Care, Home Child Care (Licensed), Elmdale School Age Program, Waterbridge School Age Program, Early Years Centre, Drop-in Playgroup, Parenting Workshops, Toy Lending Library, Resource Information, Childbirth Education (Prenatal) Classes, Infant and Child CPR Course, Birth and Parent Companion Program, Baby Equipment Rental.
The Birth Companion Program matches trained volunteers with at risk and marginalized women and families in Ottawa, by providing free prenatal, labour/delivery, postpartum and parenting support. Birth Companions are mature women over the age of 18, who are trained to provide emotional and physical support, referrals to community supports and companionship during this pivotal time in their lives. Once an application has been submitted, an interview has been conducted and the applicant has been accepted into the program, volunteers participate in an 8 week, 20 hour training to become a Birth Companion. After training, they will be matched with an expectant woman/family in need of support. We are always seeking Birth Companions who speak a variety of languages, specifically English, French, Arabic and Chinese, alternate languages are considered an asset.