World Refugee Day

Each year on June 20, the world celebrates World Refugee Day. It's an opportunity to build empathy and understanding, and to recognize the resilience of refugee families. This year, the focus will be on the right to seek safety. Every person on this planet has a right to seek safety – whoever they are, wherever they come from and whenever they are forced to flee.

Self-Care Tips for Early Childhood Educators

As we walk this leg on the winding path of pandemic shifts, hopefully toward a more health-filled and balanced future, many educators are experiencing serious fatigue. Building awareness around what we are experiencing and feeling can be an important first step in establishing routines for self-care and well-being that combat burnout and support our mental health.

Canadian Multiculturalism Day

On June 27, Canadian Multiculturalism Day honours the many cultural communities that help build a strong and vibrant Canadian society. It's an opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity that enriches us collectively... have you thought about creating a local celebration or participating in activities in your community?

Free Toolkit: Engaging Families in Healthy Development

Parents are their child’s first teachers—and when they’re actively involved in promoting early development, the results are better outcomes and stronger parent– child bonds. Children with involved parents are more likely to get the support they need and be prepared for school and future success. Adapted from the trusted Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ®) family of products, you can use this toolkit of resources to help you engage families in nurturing their child’s development - and help them get their children off to the best start in life!

Food Allergy Canada VIDEO: How to use epinephrine auto-injectors for treating anaphylaxis

This video demonstrates how to use the different auto-injectors in Canada, including EpiPen®, ALLERJECT® and Emerade™, and how these devices are used to treat anaphylaxis. It's an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the device options and how to use them!

Parenting Resources in Languages Other Than English

This Australian parenting website shares a variety of multilingual parenting resources on topics like daily care, nutrition, sleep, special needs, and more.

Encouraging Dramatic Play in the Early Childhood Classroom

In the current pursuit to foster social and emotional wellness in young children, there’s perhaps no better activity to dedicate time, resources, and space to than dramatic play! Here's a helpful list of picture books to guide dramatic play and foster students’ literacy and social and emotional skills.

CNC in Action: How to Make Roti

Have you ever made roti with the children in your program? The North York Community House CNC program has developed a fun little How to Make Roti video - and we've added it to the LET'S PLAY: CNC Activity Ideas section of our website!

Active Start

From 0-6 years, children need to be engaged in daily active play. Through play and movement, they develop fundamental movement skills and learn how to link them together. At this stage developmentally appropriate activities are important to help children feel competent and comfortable participating in all kinds of fun and challenging play!

New resource for caregivers: Your Guide to Caring for a Child with Food Allergy

Food Allergy Canada has a new resource just for caregivers that explains what food allergy is, how to avoid having reactions and what to do in case there is one.  “Caring for a child with food allergy: What you need to know” is very visual, making it easy to follow along and understand, even if English is not your first language.