Why intervene early?

The early years are important for your child's development. Every time your toddler learns something, billions of connections are formed in their brain. Intervening early can have a greater impact on your child's development and life course.

As you play a central role of their world, you can observe their development on a daily basis. You are in a good position to detect possible signs of difficulties.

How to ask for help ?

If you have a concern about your child's development, you can reach the central phone reception at any time by calling 418-684-JEFF (5333)/1-888-984-5333, ext. 0. To contact the Community Services reception desk or to request services, call 418-684-JEFF (5333)/1-888-984-5333, ext. 11805, or use the form on the Contact Us page. Our hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Following the assessment of your needs, the worker will determine if the Agir tôt program is the right one to meet your needs

The 18-month vaccine appointment and Developmental monitoring

One of the strategies developed for the program is developmental monitoring at the child’s 18-month vaccination appointment. This service is offered free of charge and is available throughout the Capitale-Nationale region.

During the appointment, in addition to vaccinating your child, the attending staff at your local CLSC (local community services centre) can complete the ABCdaire 18 months+. To complete this developmental monitoring tool, you will be asked questions about your child’s overall development. Following the appointment, if difficulties have been identified, you will be directed, with your consent, to Agir tôt screening or another appropriate service.

To prepare for this appointment, we recommend that you:

Following the 18-month appointment, if concerns or difficulties are identified, you may be referred to other services within the Agir Tôt program or to other necessary resources to better address your needs.

In addition to the 18-month appointment, a document has been developed for you. It will allow you to make any observations of your child's evolution and the skills expected when they turn 2. We suggested that you discuss anything you have noticed with your doctor or healthcare professional at your next follow-up appointment.

Tools and resources

While all children are unique and develop at their own pace, some big developmental stages are essential.

Resources are available to guide you with these big stages in child development:

Resources for getting professional advice


Directories for finding community resources