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Promoting Healthy Families Study

With the past few years bringing unprecedented hardship to all families, especially those with young and school-aged children, there has never been a greater need to provide support. The Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University has partnered with four mental health agencies across Ontario to launch a parenting and family support study called Promoting Healthy Families. The overall goal is to take a closer look at two parenting programs (Triple P and Circle of Security) and to understand if, and how, families can benefit from these programs.


Both the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and Circle of Security Parenting Program (COSP) offer a structured way for parents and caregivers to develop practical skills to help decrease challenging behaviours and emotions in young children and help family relationships. By taking part in this study, parents and caregivers may find that they feel more positive about themselves and their caregiving skills, while providing valuable information on how we help other families in the future.


Our research team is committed to ensuring our programs are accessible to all families, with additional care to reach families who may face traditional barriers to services such as limited access to technology and wi-fi services. To ensure equal opportunity, our study will provide:

  • Immediate, direct, and free-of-charge access to one of our parenting programs, led by highly qualified, trained service providers
  • Access to iPad devices and internet for study visits, free of charge (upon request)
  • Completely virtual service, in consideration of Covid-19 guidelines
  • Compensation in gift cards upon completion of study visits
  • Flexible scheduling of study visits to accommodate busy families

Our study is actively looking for families with children aged 2-6 years to enroll in this study. 


For more information, click here.

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Evaluation of Virtual Care Service offered to children across Ontario

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Participants Needed for Study Investigating Time Poverty

York University Masters Student is looking for Adult Caribbean Immigrant women in Ontario to participate in a study on their time use. Do you have the chronic feeling of having too many things to do and not enough time? (Time Poverty) 


Who Do We Need?

  • Participants who are 18-65 years old
  • Must be caregivers (paid or unpaid)
  • Must be immigrant women from the English-speaking Caribbean 

Contact for more information:

[email protected]



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KidsAbility Playground Survey

KidsAbility in Waterloo is creating a brand new playground. Give your input to it's creation by filling out this survey and sending it back to Jayne Matzeg at [email protected]

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Back to School with Better Nights, Better Days-Study Recruitment

Recruitment for this study will continue throughout the Fall and we could use your support with sharing our back-to-school campaign:

Share our posts on Facebook and retweet on Twitter from your account today!


With September just around the corner, it is time to start to get your child ready for back to school! Poor sleep can negatively impact attention, behaviour, and learning. So, working on improving your child’s sleep will help prepare them for going back to school!


To see if the Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders program is a good fit for you and your child visit: www.ndd.betternightsbetterdays.ca


Thank you for helping us get the word out about the study! Have questions? Reach out to us at [email protected].



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