About Best Start

Hamilton Best Start is a community collaboration of early learning, education, health and social service organizations offering a broad range of information and services to families and children from prenatal to the age of 12.

Hamilton Best Start’s 10th Anniversary video reflects on the first 10 years of Making Hamilton the Best Place to Raise a Child.


The Best Start Network promotes healthy child development by supporting families and children through a responsive, flexible, wide-ranging and seamless early years system. It is a partnership of education, early learning, health and social services serving children and families in Hamilton.

Best Start is about making Hamilton the best place to raise a child.


Best Start is about children
Each child is an active learner, full of curiosity and potential, eager and capable of achieving success in school and beyond.

Best Start is about providing the supports to bring out the best in young children.

Best Start is about families
Parents are the first, most important and most lasting teachers in a child’s life.

Best Start is about supporting parents and families, and collaborating with them to enable them to provide children with the best possible opportunities early in their lives.

Best Start is about community and connections
Community partners view themselves as part of an integrated system of supports for early child development and parenting.

Best Start is about strengthening partnerships and enhancing the integration of all community supports for children and their families.

Best Start is about our future
A continuous learning environment, a commitment to early child development and parenting are key priorities for our community.

Best Start is about doing what is best for our children and our future.

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