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Safe Kids Week June 5-11

Injury is the leading cause of death for children in Canada. Parachute’s Safe Kids Week is dedicated to educating families, caregivers and children on ways to stay safe. This year, the focus is on promoting safe and active transportation: Walk, Bike and Wheel. There is a tip sheet for parents that you can download, posters, plus a community toolkit available for purchase that helps you plan and host activities for families. You can also sign up for Parachute’s free online course on Child Injury Prevention. It is for people working with families who have children aged 0-6.

Sun Safety

Sun safety is not just about summer–it’s a year-round practice. But with summer here, it’s also a time when more families are out enjoying the beautiful Canadian summer. It's  an opportunity to help parents and to also review your program practices.  The Canadian Dermatology Association offers many resources that you can share, including: • tipsheets for parents, daycares and summer camp; • posters and colouring pages; and • a cartoon video for kids on sun safety.

Video Clips for Parent Meetings

From flu prevention tips to information about food groups, the dangers of blind cords and the importance of vaccinations, this collection of more than 100 short clips teaches about topics that are relevant to all families. The colourful videos also use simple language paired with strong visuals, making them excellent for use in parent meetings or the ESL classroom.

Helping Newcomers Prepare for Emergencies

What can you do to help newcomer families during Emergency Preparedness Week? Like all families, newcomer families need help in understanding and preparing for emergencies they may face in their new communities. The week of May 2 -7, 2017 is dedicated to helping all families in Canada be prepared. Take a look and see all that is available to share with the newcomer families in your community.

Immunization Information for Newcomer Families

All CNC programs must provide newcomer families with information on immunization in Canada. This can be difficult when you serve a vast number of languages and the information is complex. Health Canada has recently jreleased: A Parent’s Guide to Vaccination in Canada that can help. The in-depth guide is available in French, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.f valuable material) is available in French, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.

Hand in Hand: A Parenting Journey – Parenting Guide for Newcomers

What are the Canadian laws surrounding child abuse? Do I need to change my parenting style? Should I be scared of losing my child? Hand in Hand: A Parenting Journey answers these common questions from newcomer parents. Developed with input from Canadian families and newcomers, this guide gives families new parenting tools and information about resources to support their parenting here in Canada.

Ten Tips for Building Resilience in Children

Did you know that resilience is learned? Some of the children you work with may have experienced trauma. Even very young children absorb frightening events, so it’s important to have strategies to help them settle into their new life here in Canada. Here are 10 tips for building resilience. Review these ideas for strategies you can use or share with parents.

Do young children suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Because caregiver-child attachment is key to helping a child who has experienced trauma, every effort must be made to build healthy relationships and consistency in our programs.  Decades ago, little was known about what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) looked like in infants and young children. Today, we know that trauma can have grave impact on the very young. The National Centre for PTSD has information about childhood trauma, infant attachment, and PTSD in preschool children.

My Name/My Identity

Have you ever mispronounced a child's name? It’s okay to make an error, but it is not okay to ignore the mistake or not learn from it. A child's name can be a powerful link to their identity. To promote equity and respect in the classroom, pronouncing students names correctly should always be a priority. Read more, take the pledge, and access resources on how to honour childrens' names at My Name My Identity.

Are you looking for multilingual parent resources?

Did you know that the FRP Canada Multilingual Parenting Information Sheets are available in 16 languages? They are an easy way to provide parents with information on topics like guiding children's behaviour, literacy and numeracy, play time, family life, and the importance of being active.