Dear Families,

Northwestern Switzerland is a wonderful region to live in, to work in or to visit. We have much to offer you and your family. We hope you will find this guide to be a treasure trove of useful tips, providing you with an address you need or pointing you towards the right website at the right time.

The guide contains information on public and private services for families in the cantons of Aargau, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt and Solothurn. It also contains some information on services available for the whole of Switzerland. All available services by the government, churches, associations and support groups are presented in a clear and organized fashion at the end of each topic together with some literature recommendations. Furthermore, the manual offers practical advice and fresh ideas for everyday family life.

The Familiy Guide Northwestern Switzerland is by no means comprehensive. We will, however, make a continuing effort to update the content and add new information. We have described each service based on the presentation given by the institution that offers it. Of course, we took care to check all the information we included very carefully. The guide is updated on a regular basis. Institutions and organisations, which were not known to us by the copy deadline of December 2015 and who would like their services to be included in the guide, are warmly invited to get in touch with us. Should you have any comments or suggestions, please send us these by email: familien@bl.ch or contact us through the contact form. Thank you!

A long list of experts collaborated with us to create each chapter. We would like to thank them for sharing their experience and expertise with us.

Sincerely,

Fachstelle Familie und Gleichstellung, Aargau

Fachbereich Familien, Baselland

Abteilung Jugend- und Familienförderung Basel-Stadt

Fachstelle Familie und Generationen, Solothurn