What’s New

Kinderoo At Home
New for 2018!  Kinderoo At Home resources are now available.  Find out more about Kinderoo Tips text message system, borrowing school readiness activity backpacks from Huron County Library branches, our toy lending library and more!  If you have specific questions or concerns related to your child’s entry into Kindergarten this September, please contact our Parent Support team.

Note, we no longer provide the Kinderoo-style program where parents enroll their children for a 6 week summer program.

Internet Safety Presentations in April!
Hosted by Huron Youth Justice Committee, Internet Safety Information Nights are coming in April.

Information that every parent, caregiver and educator needs to know.  Cyberbullying, sexting, social networks, online safety resources, tips to use technology in the safest way and current online trends and dangers.  Presentations by TELUS, Huron OPP, Huron County Health Unit, Rural Response for Healthy Children and Avon Maitland District School Board.

Wednesday April 18th 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.   St. Anne’s Catholic High School Clinton
Thursday April 19th  6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Maitland River School, Wingham
RSVP to jennifer.doak@start.ca or call 519-524-6702
“Sending or forwarding nude, sexually suggestive pics may seem like No Big Deal for some, But when parties are under the age of 18, real problems emerg.  Talk to your Teens about Sexting; Remind your child that photos online, or sent through messages are Forever.  Explain that criminal charges can occur from sexting.  Think before sending a photo, would you let your grandma see it?  Educate yourself and keep your kids safe.”  Click on this link to find out more about sexting/sextortion and talk with your children about it.

Grow Family Resilience Spring Yoga & Meditation Workshop Series
It is so important for young people to have tools to cope with daily stresses, connect with their bodies, and build resilience in today’s world.  As parents, the best way to help our kids develop these healthy habits is to model them ourselves. This six part workshop is designed for youth (ages 7-12) and parents to learn and practice mindful movement, breathing, and meditation techniques together. Simple, practical and effective mindfulness exercises can then form the basis for practice in the home. Less stress, more connection – don’t we all need that?

Beginning March 22nd in Goderich at Goderich Public School – Limited space available
Beginning March 24th in Zurich – FULL
Beginning March 31st in Seaforth at Seaforth Public School – Limited space available

Registration is required for this FREE series.  Please call 519-482-8777 or email to register.  Snacks and yoga mats are provided – or bring your own.  Free taxi rides availa

Jennifer Reaburn is the facilitator for these workshops.  Jennifer has been practicing yoga and meditation for 20 years, and teaching for eight. She found yoga as a young adult, and has said countless times that she wishes she had been introduced to it at a younger age – these are tools of presence, resilience, connection, and healing. Jennifer is passionate about sharing these practices with youth of all ages, and as a mom it really hits home that modeling self-care and self-love is of paramount importance. Her classes are inclusive, offer lots of choices and freedom, are trauma sensitive, and are full of invitations to use the everyday miracles of the breath and body as doorways to NOW.

Separation & Divorce Spring Series
Parenting through separation and divorce is difficult for everyone involved.  Rural Response for Healthy Children is hosting a series of sessions in May 2018.  The series will occur in Goderich on May 10th, 17th and 24th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m at Trinty Christian Reform Church at 245 Mill Street.  Susan Cowman and Jill Robertson are facilitating this program.  Child care will be provided.  To register, please contact Nicole O’Neill at the office.

Saving for School
It is never too late to start saving money for your child’s future education.  The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money that the Government of Canada deposits directly into a child’s Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) account to help parents get a head start on saving for their child’s education after high school.  Contact our Parent Support team for more information or find out more via this link.

A Guide To Your Role in Protecting All Children in Huron County
A Guide to Your Role in Protecting All Children in Huron County is now available, thanks to funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation. To learn more about the funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation for this project, click here.  If you would like to download a copy of the Parent Guide, click here.  If your community group or school parent council would like to learn more or receive a presentation from our staff at your next meeting, please contact Genelle Reid at our office.  Additional information about protecting your children during online activities can be found on our website, click here.


The knowledgeable team at Rural Response for Healthy Children supports Huron County families.  Positive parenting programs and personal safety and social skills programs for children comprise the foundation of services and resources available.  Popular reasons families use our education and support services are for relationships (parent/child, parent/parent, parent/school), health (sleep, family meals, personal safety, disabilities, child development and internet use) and life transitions (separation/divorce, school readiness).

We also provide referrals to various agencies supporting Huron County families, such as Huron Respite Network, Huron Perth Center, Choices for Change, Huron County Health Unit, Ontario Early Years and Huron County Housing.

Rural Response for Healthy Children employees and volunteers are proud of the support they offer in the community.  Huron County families can have confidence that Rural Response for Healthy Children is a place where professional staff are caring, respectful and provide a safe place to build trust for the resources and education families need to connect, engage and thrive.


Rural Response for Healthy Children

Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30 to 4:00

Phone: 519.482.8777 or 1.800.479.0716

Fax: 519.482.8340

Email: mail@rrhc.on.ca

58 Mary Street, PO Box 687, Clinton, Ontario N0M 1L0