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What's New

New special needs tutorial series: How to Write an IPP

Have you ever wondered about how an Individual Program Plan (IPP) works? Do you know how to write long- and short-term goals? The first tutorial in the two-part special needs series provides a step-by-step guide to writing an IPP, and an opportunity for CNC staff to learn about the different parts of an IPP, why they’re important, and how they work together to support a child. The second tutorial provides a step-by-step guide to writing an IPP – including long- and short-term goals that really support their programming and provide a clear direction for helping a child and family! Resources, references, a facilitator guide, and group discussion questions are also available for each tutorial in the learning centre.

WEBINAR: Unpacking the Pyramid Model – A Practical Guide to Social Emotional Learning

In this powerful webinar, experts share their insights about the important relationship between social emotional skills and cognitive development. The session focuses on the Pyramid Model as a framework for promoting social emotional competence and preventing challenging behavior. Participants will also learn strategies and targeted intervention for children who need additional support in the development of self-regulation, friendship skills, emotional literacy, and problem-solving.

CNC in Action: How one CNC program uses technology to connect with parents


Dropping off and picking children up from childcare is generally chaotic. There isn't much time for staff and parents to talk, let alone share in-depth information about a child's day. For many newcomers, this is the first time they're leaving their children alone with someone who isn't part of their extended family. They're adjusting to new language, new people, new culture. And now they're leaving their children with strangers. CNC staff spend a lot of time initially building a relationship with parents, but it can be challenging to find ways to connect and share information. The CNC team at North York Community House (NYCH) wanted to encourage parents to ask questions, share information, involve and provide them with useful developmental and relevant parenting information - so they went looking for solutions!     

CMAS Webinar: Managing Separation Anxiety When Children Return

For some parents and children, the idea of returning to CNC after pandemic closures is stressful. Many families will be experiencing separation anxiety and find the transition back to care challenging. In this webinar, CMAS consultant Jackie Cunningham provides CNC staff with 9 Tips for managing separation anxiety when children return and a printable tip sheet you can share with your team!

WEBINAR: Virtual Learning and Loose Parts to Create Meaning for Young Children

In this webinar, participants will discuss creative ways to design, develop and deliver useful and engaging virtual education for young children based on integrating loose parts (ordinary objects from home) to promote active play. We will also talk about ideas to limit screen time, and instead create a virtual balanced schedule that promotes equity.

The Magic Triangle of Reading Aloud: The Book, the Child, and the Adult

Children’s picture books are full of joy and learning (phonological awareness, development of pre-reading skills, problem solving, and decoding, just to name a few). In this webinar, participants will learn about the magic that happens when you combine a great book, adult, and child, and how to select great children’s books for young children.

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