The Infant Development Program (IDP) is a family-centered, home based program that serves children from birth to three years of age. Children are eligible if they are considered at risk for developmental delay, are already experiencing a delay or have a diagnosis. IDP promotes maximum development through evidence based interventions, consultations and education.

Families play a vital role in every child’s development. From birth to three years, a child develops at a rapid pace. Early childhood development depends in part on experiences provided by the infant’s family.

Parent Child Groups

Group programs are offered as an enhancement to your home-based program.

Once you are referred to the program, a consultant will visit you in your home or a location of your choice. Together, you will plan activities at best meet both your child’s and your family’s needs. If your infant has a special need, the consultant will provide up to date information.

Infant Development Consultants are professionals in the field of early intervention. They have skills and knowledge in child development, and can assist you to enhance your infants most important years.

Our Services

  • Home visits to encourage progress, develop new goals and activities
  • Both formal and informal developmental assessment
  • Gross motor screening by a Physiotherapist as necessary
  • Ongoing physiotherapy as necessary
  • To enhance the home-based program, parent child groups are offered
  • Resource lending
  • Assistance for you and your child making a transition to another program or agency
  • Service co-ordination if desired

Your participation is voluntary and free of charge

Infant Development Program Brochure

Referral Form for the IDP Program

Fostering Early Development Brochure

Referrals to IDP

As a parent or legal guardian, you may contact the program directly, or you may be referred by a Doctor, Public Health Nurse or Community professional. You may submit referrals by phone 604.435.8166, fax 604.709.4553 or email with consent to

Fostering Early Development

Our mission is to ensure that all children, from birth to 6 years, in foster care settings have access to opportunities and environments that promote optimal physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual development.

Referral to this program is automatic by The Ministry of Children and Families and The Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society for all children, birth and six years, admitted to care on a care order.

Fostering Early Development Staff work in partnership with foster parents to screen children’s development at regular intervals, make developmental recommendations and where necessary referrals to other professionals that can help.

The program also provides training to foster parents and social workers on the Ages and Stages Questionnaires, brain development, how trauma affects brain development, attachment and strategies to support children’s development within the home.

For more information about the Fostering Early Development Program

Please contact Amy Ris at
or 604-301-2819