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Infant and Child Development Services 

Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) is one of many infant and child development programs across Ontario and Canada that specialize in providing services and resources for families with children who are at risk of, or have a delay in his or her development.

ICDS is funded by the Ministry of Children and Community Social Services and sponsored by the NEO Kids & Family Program.

ICDS is a member of the Ontario Association for Infant and Child Development (OAICD). If you are not in our area, but reside in Ontario, visit the OAICD website for a published directory of all associated Infant Development services in the province. 

  • Children and infants from birth to school entry
  • Children whose families or guardians live in the
  • Sudbury/Manitoulin district
    • Children who have, or are at risk for, a developmental delay including:​
    • Children with known diagnoses and syndromes
    • Children who are premature
    • Children with early trauma
    • Children in over-burdened families
    • Children whose parents need parenting support
    • Children who suffer from a developmental delay with unknown causes
    • Parents/Guardians must agree to participate in our services.

  • We offer the following services free of charge:
  • Screening and Assessment
  • Intervention
    • Developmental interventions in all domains
    • Supportive counselling
    • Information and resources
    • Case management
  • Consultations with professionals regarding specific children (with parents/guardians consent)
  • Supported transition into childcare and school
  • Community planning with other service providers
  • Student placements
  • Community education
  • Toy, equipment, video and book library

Most services are provided in the child's home.  We also deliver services through other agencies, including childcare centres.


Our staff are professionals from different backgrounds.  Qualified in infant and child development, and skilled in providing effective home-based intervention services.

Staff expertise covers in-depth knowledge of typical and atypical child development, acute observation skills, and the ability to assess developmental and environmental strengths and needs.


This program is totally voluntary. Parent(s) can stop/discontinue at any time.

  • There is no cost to parent(s)
  • Home-based
  • Books/toys/equipment to encourage baby’s development
  • Developmental Assessments (active program participation)
  • Individual Family Service Plans
  • Scheduled monitoring (bi-weekly, monthly, or every 2-3 months)

Established Risks

Child has been diagnosed and may have an associated developmental handicap:

  • Seizure disorders
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Spina Bifida
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cardiac anomalies
  • Diagnosed neurological injury

Biological Risks

Child may have suffered a neurological injury due to birth complications:

  • Prematurity
  • IUGR
  • Multiple births
  • Birth trauma
  • Difficult delivery
  • Parental alcohol/substance abuse
  • Diabetic mother

Psychosocial Risks

Child is exposed to environmental factors which may place him/her at risk:

  • Families living in isolated areas
  • Parent(s) with no family support
  • Young parent(s)
  • Parent(s) who have learning difficulties
  • Parent(s) who have physical limitations and request support systems
  • Extremely anxious first time parent(s)

Referrals can come from any source (Parent/Guardian, Physician, Public Health Nurse, Neonatal Nurseries or Community Agencies), provided it is made with parental/guardian consent.

Access our Self-Referral Form.

Healthcare professionals can find our NEO Kids & Family Central Intake eReferral Form on the Ocean Healthmap. Referrals are also accepted at the Children's Community Network (CCN) at 1-877-272-4336.

For assistance, please call NEO Navigation, central intake team at 705-523-7120.

Sudbury (Main)

41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON   P3E 5J1
Phone: 705-523-7120 ext. 7184 
Fax: 705-523-7156
Sudbury Parent Advisor


407 Centre Street
Espanola, ON   P5E 1J5
Phone: 705-869-1564 ext. 4242
Fax: 705-869-5833
Espanola Parent Advisor


34 Birch Street
PO Box 728
Chapleau, ON   P0M 1K0
Phone: 705-864-0860 ext. 2664
Fax: 705-864-0488
Chapleau Parent Advisor

Manitoulin Island

101-15 Worthington Street
PO Box 477
Little Current, ON   P0P 1K0
Phone: 705-368-3692
Fax: 705-368-3692
Manitoulin Parent Advisor


Contact Us

Health Sciences North
NEO Kids Children's Treatment Centre
1933 Regent St, Unit 46F
Sudbury, ON, P3E 5R2

Phone: 705-523-7100