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Play & Parenting FRP Canada's newsletter
                               Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs Winter 2012
In this issue
e-Valuation Update
Parent Resource Sheet
FRP Canada
Research Panel
Visit from Minister Ambrose
Upcoming Events
Introducing Natalia Mavrinskaya
Fathering Study
Apply for a Grant

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FRP Canada Conference
April 23-26, 2013

Hilton Lac-Leamy
Gatineau QC


FRP Canada membership renewal notices will be mailed out in January.

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Greetings, Members of FRP Canada! As you will see, this issue of Play & Parenting comes to you in a new electronic format. You will now be able to quickly browse contents of each issue and link more easily to items that interest you. We are delighted that Betsy Mann, the outstanding editor of FRP Canada’s quarterly newsletter, will continue to write the very popular parent resource sheets. We hope you like this new format, and welcome your feedback as well as suggestions for articles.

Feel free to forward to your colleagues. If you send beyond your organization, please include the link to the FRP Canada membership page since the quarterly  newsletter is a benefit of FRP Canada membership.
Updated e-Valuation System launching March 1, 2012
Users of FRP Canada’s online evaluation system for family resource programs will notice a number of exciting changes this spring. Based on extensive consultation with users, the e-Valuation system has been updated and expanded.      Read more

Parent Resource Sheet - A Sense of Belonging
"How do children learn what it means to belong to a community? It happens in everyday activities. When they watch what their parents do and listen to what they say, children  . . . . "           Download the Resource Sheet.
New FRP Canada Research Panel
FRP Canada is proud to announce the formation of a multi-disciplinary Research Panel made up of leading researchers from across Canada. This esteemed group will advise FRP Canada on its research projects, share relevant articles, and seek opportunities for projects that demonstrate the impact of participation at family resource programs.           Read more
Blueprint launch at FRP Canada Minister Ambrose visits FRP Canada
On November 1, 2011 the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, visited FRP Canada's office to announce funding for the Blueprint Project: Increasing Women’s Involvement as Decision-makers in Community-based Organizations.            Read more
Upcoming Events
January 24, 2012, "Interpreting Play-based Learning to Parents, Colleagues and the Broader Community: The Role of Self-regulation", Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board, Mississauga, ON  with Dr. Stuart Shanker (York University) (a.m.)  and Dianne Riehl and Jill Snider (Ontario Ministry of Education) (p.m.)

February 2–4, 2012, “The Development of Children’s Mental Health: How Do We Become Who We Are?”, Vancouver, British Columbia. The Early Years Conference.

February 28–March 1, Best Start Resource Centre Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

March 18-21 2012, The 44th Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Challenges in Practice, Research and Policy. Banff, Alberta.
                                                                                     More information and more events 

Natalia Mavrinskaya Introducing Natalia Mavrinskaya
Natalia joined the FRP Canada team as Administrative Assistant in July, 2011. She was born in Russia and educated at the Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University. Natalia worked as an Administrative Officer, a teacher of physics and ESL, as well as a Research Assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany.  She and her family moved to Canada in December 2010.
University of Regina Fathering Study
Canadian fathers and mothers living in the same household with at least one child aged 2-6 are asked to complete on-line questionnaires about parenting to help researchers and service providers better understand and meet the needs of fathers and mothers.      Read more
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Annual Violence Prevention Grants 2012
The Canadian Women's Foundation announced their call for proposals in violence prevention. Approximately 50 annual grants of up to $25,000 each will be allocated. Priority will be given in these grants to work with women, children and teens facing multiple challenges. The submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2012.
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Resources, adapted from Invest in Kids' prenatal and parenting program. Cost associated.

Welcoming Newcomer Children training tools. In conjunction with the book, Welcoming Newcomer Children, reviewed in Play & Parenting Fall 2011, participant guides to be used in workshops. For pricing and ordering see

Prenatal Education Modules from Ontario's Best Start, available to download at no cost.

Best Start videos on You Tube including Life with a new baby: Dealing with postpartum mood disorders, 2006

Read more about these resources