I was already a strong believer in the power of peer support based on my experience as a La Leche League Leader and Parenting Education Coordinator at a local family resource program, but the more I learned from the research literature and from talking to parents, the more convinced I became in the simple truth that nothing is more helpful than parents supporting one other. This peer support is at the heart of the wonderful work you do and its importance is highlighted in the new
Kelly Stone brings abundant strengths to the Executive Director position and I am confident that FRP Canada will flourish under her leadership. Best wishes to you all in everything you do to ensure that children and families across Canada are cherished and well-served.
Kelly was the long-time Senior Director of Childhood and Adolescence within the Public Health Agency of Canada. As such, she had responsibility for research and public policy on child and youth issues as well as ongoing national programs which touch thousands of communities in support of children at risk, and their families. Read more
Kelly will begin her work with FRP Canada in July 2014. Kelly's Inbox can be reached at ED@frp.ca.
Sue Khazaie, FRP Canada Board Chair
FRP Canada Board Nominations
FRP Canada is seeking individuals to serve on the Board of Directors who are committed to family support and to the vital role that FRP Canada plays in providing the tools, training and resources to its members.
The deadline for receipt of nominations is June 13, 2014
. Read more
for information on vacancies and the nomination process.
Play for Connection
"A strong connection between parent and child is essential for healthy child development. The quality of this attachment also helps parents guide their children toward better behaviour and self-discipline. Studies have shown that attachment is strengthened . . . . ."
FRP Canada's 40th
Please start making plans to join your colleagues from across Canada on March 10-12, 2015 at the Sheraton Hamilton hotel in Hamilton, Ontario.
FRP Canada’s biennial conferences are uniquely designed for the family support field, and many participants tell us how much they value this experience. A practitioner in Chatham-Kent recently wrote “I can easily say that in my 30 years in the Early Childhood Education and Parent Education field, I gained more from those two [FRP Canada] conferences than any other training, workshop or conference I have ever attended.”
The program will include full- and half-day training sessions, plenaries and workshops on a range of topics of relevance to your work with children and families. We are excited to announce that through a partnership with the Canadian Fathering Involvement Network, the conference will include a special stream about father engagement.
Registration will open in October. Fees will be $495 for three full days, or $375 for Wednesday and Thursday only. Check www.frp.ca/Conference2015
for details as they become available.
National Family Week October 6 – 12, 2014
Families and Finances – It just adds up!
This year’s theme focuses on financial literacy for the whole family. It embodies the knowledge, skills, confidence and motivation it takes for families to keep track of their finances, make ends meet and plan ahead.
Look on the website www.frp.ca/NFW
for more information and resources.
And if you are planning an event, let us know. Send an email with the details
and we will post it!
FRP Canada YouTube Channel
The hot-off-the-press video “FRP Canada: How family resource centres can make a difference
” is now available on FRP Canada’s new YouTube channel.
The channel www.youtube.com/user/frpcanada
also contains a number of creative videos contributed by our members, conveying the impact that family resource programs have on families. Feel free to use these videos in your work.
New on-line resource about family support and FRP Canada
With support from Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts at Dalhousie University, FRP Canada has revamped its About Us pages at www.frp.ca/AboutUs
to include more information about what you
do and how FRP Canada supports that work.
The inviting new format combines graphics, text, videos and links to background resources in one place so that the visitor can easily get a quick overview about family support in Canada or delve deeper into topics of interest.
Please take a look, share the link with anyone wanting to learn about family resource programs, and add it to your own websites.
We have negotiated a new benefit for members – 5% off the ticket price
, even for seat sales, on VIA Rail. Check www.frp./ca/VIARAIL
for more information.
Mental health promotion is alive and well in community-based, family-support organizations.
- “We look at the family as a whole and develop ways …[to] support the family's overall health. We identify barriers with families and then work towards overcoming them ...”
- “People here listen so families know they are being heard even if the problem can’t be fixed right away.”
- “I have no family here so the family centre is my family and it is my kid’s own extended family…they feel accepted.”
These are some of the voices from the findings of a project entitled Promoting Positive Mental Health in Community Settings. For parents interviewed in the project, the most significant contribution of family resource programs and their staff are the intentional relationship-building practices inherent in family support programs, defined by respectful, non-judgmental communication, warm and welcoming environments and the orchestration of peer support.
Check out these links to Resources and Programs to Support Mental Health
and stay tuned for the full project report soon.
2014 Report Card Physical Activity of Children and Youth: Is Canada in the Running?
from Active Healthy Kids Canada at www.activehealthykids.ca
From Best Start Resource Centre, Health Nexus, Ontario
How to Survive Morning Sickness When Compassion Hurts - Burnout, Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Trauma in Prenatal and Early Childhood Service Providers
Sleeping Behaviour: Good sleep, for good growth
from the Centre of Excellence for Early Child Development http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/pages/PDF/eyes-on-sleeping-behaviour.pdf
24 Hr Cribside Assistance
Videos - on a USB. All the videos that are on www.newdadmanual.ca
Available from Dad Central at www.dadcentral.ca
a booklet for parents of children from birth to age 5 about children's feelings, how they express those feelings and how parents can respond to their children's feelings. Download only from http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2012/aspc-phac/H124-19-2005-eng.pdf
Breastfeeding Support Telehealth Ontario 24/7 1-866-797-0000 or TTY : 1-866-797-0007
www.frp.ca/FinancialLiteracy Financial Literacy Resources
from FRP Canada's project funded by the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund. Attention has been given to selecting sources which meet the needs of low to modest income families and include resources for newcomers.
Resources for Manitoba mothers from the Postpartum Depression Association of Manitoba
(PPDAM) with support from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
from Gerrard Resource Centre
(GRC), School of Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University, focused on enhancing family supports and on the inclusion of children with disabilities.
www.kidsnewtocanada.ca Caring for Kids New to Canada
. A new website from the Canadian Paediatric Society for health professionals working with immigrant and refugee children and youth.
Mothers in Mind
™ parenting information and resources from the Child Development Institute for mothers who have experienced violence, information about the Mothers in Mind™ program, referral information for professionals, and a secure resource area for Mothers in Mind™ Affiliates.
Bilingual Online Ontario Breastfeeding Service directory. Searchable database of sources of breastfeeding support in Ontario.
- new section of the Parachute
website focused on Child injury prevention
The Caledon Institute regularly scans federal, provincial/territorial and municipal government websites to follow policy developments related to health, education and community. Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor (PDF)
for the April 2014 report on provincial policies or check for their searchable database on www.caledoninst.org/policy
Infant self-regulation and early childhood media exposure
Radesky, J. S., Silverstein, M., Zuckerman, B., & Christakis, D. A. (2014). Pediatrics, 133(5), 1172-1178. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-2367
Understanding this relationship may provide insight into helping parents reduce their children’s screen time. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/133/5/e1172.full.pdf+html
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF CHILDREN’S HEALTH IN CANADA: ANALYSIS AND IMPLICATIONS
, in the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies Vol 5, No 2 (2014) Dennis Raphael http://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/ijcyfs/article/view/12899
2011-2012: The Best ECD Research in Canada: A tribute to Clyde Hertzman
. from the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development and the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development. http://www.skc-ecd.ca/documents/pdf/Bulletins/Vol11No1Dec2013/EN/BulletinVol11No1Dec13EN.pdf
June 20, 2014
Free monthly webinars
for parents of children ages birth to 19 years. Sponsored by Attachment Parenting Canada Association and CICF. See www.attachmentparenting.ca
, Foundational Skills and Resources Required for Supporting Families with Vulnerabilities
Langley BC. $75. BC Association of Faamily Resource Programs and Langley Community Services Society. To register email@example.com.
June 20-22, 2014
, Women's Gathering
$125 for the weekend. Minwaashin Lodge Aboriginal Women's Support Centre, Ottawa, ON www.minlodge.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
June 23-24, 2014
, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Foundational Skills
, $550. Sept 2014 - May 2015 Introduction to Infant-Parent Psychotherapy
Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Toronto, ON. For details about these and other trainings see www.hincksdellcrest.org
Sept 15-16, 2014 Tapping the Power of Networks, Strategies for Innovation and Renewal
Nov 21, 2014 My Daddy Matters 2.0: Welcoming Dads Toolkit Training, Ottawa ON
Nov. 13-15, 2014 ChildCare2020
national child care policy conference $425. Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, the Canadian Child Care Federation, and the Childcare Resource and Research Unit childcare2020.ca
March 4–7, 2015 The 6th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
, Vancouver, BC. See the Advance Notice at http://www.interprofessional.ubc.ca/FASD2015/AdvanceNotice.pdf
March 10-12, 2015 40th Anniversary National Conference
, Hamilton ON, FRP Canada www.frp.ca/Conference2015
The 3M Health Leadership Award is asking for your help to celebrate community leaders from across Canada. Nominate them for a national award! Visit the 3M Health Leadership Award
website. DEADLINE : July 6, 2014