listed in Play & Parenting, Spring 2012
AboriginalPregnancy and Alcohol brochure from Best Start
Ontario's Best Start Resource Centre has released a new brochure for Aboriginal women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy and their families. Inspired by First Nations water teachings and Sky Woman, it includes information on why there is no safe time or safe amount for consuming alcohol while pregnant, traditional teachings about pregnancy and where to go for help if alcohol is a problem for the pregnant woman or her partner. A limited number available free of charge to service providers in Ontario. www.beststart.org/resources/alc_reduction/index.html
Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Early Years
New guidelines from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and ParticipACTION help parents, caregivers and policymakers understand how much physical activity and how little sedentary behaviour are required for healthy growth and development in children aged 0-4 years. www.csep.ca/guidelines
Child temperament website
The Preventive Ounze, a non-profit, preventive mental health organization, has created an interactive website aimed at helping parents understand and manage their child's temperament. www.preventiveoz.org
Early Childhood Development Research
The Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) and the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Childhood Development (SKC-ECD) have released the latest issue of the Top 10 Bulletin entitled 10 X 10: 100 Reasons to Celebrate ECD Research in Canada featuring diverse subjects as language, memory, social skills, physical and mental health and genetics. www.excellence-earlychildhood.ca
Early Years Study 3 available for download
Authored by the Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, J. Fraser Mustard and Kerry McCuaig, Early Years Study 3: Making Decisions, taking action documents the social, economic and scientific rationale for increased investments in early childhood education. www.earlyyearsstudy.ca
Education Savings resources for parents and practitioners from FRP Canada
Facts & Resources for Families on Education Savings for parents and the companion piece Guide to Education Savings for those working with families are available at www.frp.ca/mobilize
A practical resource for not-for-profits seeking volunteers is www.GetInvolved.ca . Many tasks that volunteers can help with can be done from a distance via email. For example, you may want to find a volunteer who can help you write some policies or assist with a brochure. No matter where you are located, you can seek a match with volunteers from across Canada for these virtual jobs. After registering your organization, you will be able to post volunteer opportunities and then sit back to wait for responses from potential volunteers.
Key Messages from the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD)
Two new information sheets (Key Messages) for parents and caregivers - Divorce and Separation: Paying attention to your child's needs and Emotions: Helping your child identify and express feelings. Look under "Key Messages" at
Making your home healthier for kids
Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health & Environment has released a video and handouts to help expectant parents and their families take action to reduce child health risks associated with toxic substances commonly found in the home.
On Track guide from Best Start
On Track - Supporting Healthy Child Development and Early Identification in the Early Years: A Reference Guide for Professionals in Ontario is an online tool for service providers which provides indicators for healthy child development from birth to six years of age. www.beststart.org/OnTrack_English/
Social and Emotional Development in the Early Years – multimedia resource tools
Developed by the BC Healthy Child Development Alliance for use by family support service providers and other facilitators, these tools help to raise awareness about the mental health needs of infants and toddlers. Materials include PowerPoint presentation, presenter guide, and tailored handouts for specific facilitator audiences. www.childhealthbc.ca/bchcda
SuperSearch function from NACY
The National Alliance of Children and Youth (NACY) has created a SuperSearch function which enables users to search through child and youth sector and other relevant websites using just one search through www.nacy.ca. Hundreds of FRP Canada documents are included in this SuperSearch function which provides a handy way to access documents from many Canadian organizations at one time. NACY is inviting organizations to enhance to SuperSearch by submitting their websites. The process is very simple. There is no charge for using SuperSearch or for adding your documents to the pool.
What is a family resource program? new videos
BC Association of Family Resource Programs has created a new DVD for purchase entitled A Day in the Life at Family Resource Programs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To view their short video trailer, as well as one from a Parent Link Centre in Alberta, visit www.youtube.com/frpbc. Another excellent promo video, created by Marpole Oakridge Family Place, can be found at www.mofp.org.
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