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Infant Development Program

Infant Development 2The Infant Development Program is an early intervention program for families with children from birth to three years of age who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability, or who have or may be at-risk for a developmental delay.

The main goals of the Infant Development Program (IDP) are to assist families to have a better understanding of their child’s overall development; to assist families to feel confident in parenting their infant; and to empower families to make effective decisions with respect to their child’s development.

Important things to know:

  • Home based and family-centered
  • Participation is completely voluntary and confidential
  • You do not need a professional referral, you may contact the program yourself if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development

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Once you are referred to a program, a consultant will visit you in your home. Together, you will plan activities that best meet both your child's and your family's needs.

Infant Development Consultants are professionals. They have skills and knowledge in child development, and can assist you to support your child's development in their early years. 

Our Infant Development Program services include:

  • home visits to encourage progress, develop new activities and support parents
  • developmental assessments and written reports
  • assistance to attend local playgroups with parent participation
  • parent workshops, such as Infant Massage
  • consultation with other professionals, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech & language pathologists
  • assistance for you and your child making the transition to a preschool/day care program
  • service coordination

This service is offered in the communities of the North Thompson valley from McClure through to BlueRiver. Please download our printable IDP Referal Form and IDP Handbook if you have someone that would benefit from this service.

We are part of a province-wide program. To visit the provincial website, go to:

For more information on the Infant Development program:
Please contact Yellowhead Community Services @ 250-674-2600 (Clearwater) or 250-672-9773 (Barriere).  Staff contacts include: Terra Leier, IDP Consultant, and Susanne Butcher, Early Childhood Development Programs Manager.

The 2017 Outcome Measurement Reports for our programs are available for you to down load and read. Click here for IDP Outcome Measurement Report

This program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.