About OAICD

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SAVE THE DATE! Conference 2015 Oct. 21-23: Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusivity: The Journey Continues

Preconference Oct. 21: Dr. Mark Innocenti and Lori Roggman on responsive caregiving and developmental parenting

Oct. 22 & 23: Dr. Al Condeluci - The Power of Social Capital

Stay tuned for more details. Download Save the Date flyer and Call for Presenters documents (4) at the bottom of this page. Submission date extended to May 29!

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Recognizing that infancy and early childhood is a crucial period in the healthy development of an individual, the Ontario Association for Infant and Child Development exists to:
  • develop, promote and support policies, services and research in the field of infant and child development in the province of Ontario;
  • share information among professionals working in the field of infant and child development;
  • promote ongoing education in the field of infant and child development for members and the community at large.

The association, with registered charitable status, is comprised of individual members and infant and child development service/program members, and is led by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by the membership.

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES

Programs are designed to serve infants and young children who are at risk for developmental delay and their families. The target populations include:

  • established risk (diagnosed disorder);
  • biological risk (early events which may affect an infant's development); and
  • psychosocial risk (vulnerabilities which may be magnified by environmental factors) which accompanies established or biological risk

In 2001, the mandate of infant development programs changed to include children to age 5. The change enabled continued service to some families whose children don't qualify for other preschool services and allows infant development programs to enhance existing resource programs and to enable better transition to school. The enhanced mandate allows for differences in programs based on local differences. As there are differences, contact programs directly regarding their particular mode of service delivery. Find programs in the Directory.

OAICD is the Ontario affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health. www.waimh.org

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