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Eleven childrens centres in Essex are under threat of closure and others could see their opening hours drastically reduced, under plans out for consultation.
Barnardo's and Action for Children have lost their contracts to run seven children's centres in Leicester in a council bid to save 1.7m a year.
Children's centre budgets should be pooled with those for midwives and health visitors, a cross-party committee of MPs has argued.
New mothers should be assessed to make sure that they are coping and bonding well with their babies when they are a few months old, a report receommends.