Pathway to School (School Readiness)

Last revised: February 21, 2024


Ottawa has many resources available to support children in their transition to school. The Pathway to School provides resources to use when children are not meeting developmental milestones, have health issues, or are struggling to adapt to school.

 Speech and Language
  • First Words Preschool Speech and Language Program (from birth to Junior Kindergarten eligibility; eligible up to September 1st in Junior Kindergarten): 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687)
  • First Words Communication Checkup:  Parents complete online screening for immediate results and direct referral to the First Words program. For children from birth to Junior Kindergarten

**NEW: JK children accepted if referred before September 1 of their JK year. Families can also contact the CHEO Access Team 613-737-2757, 1-800-565-4839, Fax: 613-738-4841 to refer to First Words. 

 Dental and Nutritional Health
 Fine/Gross Motor Development
 Hearing and Vision
  • Hearing: Visit Primary Care Practitioner for referral
  • Annual eye exam: Visit an optometrist (covered by OHIP)
  • Eye See Eye Learn (Complimentary glasses for eligible 4-year olds) 1-800-540-3837
 Social and Emotional Development
Other Resources

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