The Best Start Resource Centre supports service providers working on preconception health, prenatal health and early child development. We provide consultations, respond to inquiries, deliver training and professional development (e.g., webinars, workshops, conferences, online courses), supply you with evidence-based resources and keep you connected (e.g., e-bulletins, electronic networks).

We host training events and workshops in Ontario as well as an annual conference on preconception, prenatal and child health.

September 19, 2014
Webinar : Populations with Lower Rates of Breastfeeding: Trends and Specific Populations in Ontario

October 7th, 2014
Fatigue de compassion - Webinar (in French)

October 08, 2014
Webinar 1: Populations with Lower Rates of Breastfeeding: Using a Logic Model to Design an Effective Evaluation Strategy



We offer a variety of evidence-based resources that range from fact sheets, brochures, decals, posters and videos to program planning guides and reports. Here are a few of our newest resources. See more or Order now.

Managing Depression

Welcoming and Celebrating Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Families From Preconception to Preschool

Child Discipline – Ontario Parents’ Knowledge, Beliefs and Behaviours

Breastfeeding for the Health and Future of Our Nation

Open Hearts, Open Minds:
Services that are Inclusive of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Families

 When Children Speak More Than One Language

My Life My Plan – Booklet

Use of Social Media in Prenatal and Early Childhood Services – Report

Information Exchange

We connect you to current trends in preconception, prenatal and child health promotion. Stay up to date and exchange ideas, strategies and best practices with other service providers and experts. It’s easy to subscribe, just click on the links below!
Electronic Bulletins Online Networks (listservs)

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Promotion Bulletin

Bulletin de santé maternelle et infantile

Maternal Newborn and Child Health Promotion (MNCHP) Network

Best Start Aboriginal Sharing Circle (BSASC) Network


Réseau de Santé Maternelle et Infantile (RSMI)

Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) Network for HBHC program staff

Best Start is a key program of Health Nexus.

This website has been prepared with funds provided by the Government of Ontario. The information herein reflects the views of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Government of Ontario. Resources, websites and services mentioned are not necessarily approved or endorsed by the Ontario Government or the Best Start Resource Centre, Health Nexus.



Breastfeeding Community Project
In accordance with the MOHLTC press release from September 30th, 2013, we will be focusing some of our work on community support for mothers in population groups that have lower rates of breastfeeding.

Please read our press release.

Bilingual Online Ontario Breastfeeding Services directory

Please read our press release.


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