Top Safety Tips for Your Program

The last few years have definitely been stressful. Lives have been lost and others have been completely upended. Living with the enduring uncertainty and stress of the pandemic, including the accompanying restrictions, certainly has not been easy. Sadly, some of these stressors have contributed to an increase in crime and violence. As early childhood educators, we need to be aware of these trends. After all, each day we are entrusted with the monumental task of ensuring that we create an environment that is as safe and secure as possible for the children in our care.  Fortunately, there are some great resources to help us enhance our safety and security measures.

NEW! CMAS Webinar: School Readiness with Newcomer Centre of Peel

School readiness means that children are ready for school, and families are ready to support their children's learning - and CNC programs play an important role in preparing newcomer children and families for this transition. In this webinar, participants joined Jacqueline MoonSammy, Aisha Ilyas, and their team from Newcomer Centre of Peel (NCP), to talk about how they noticed a need in their CNC community, and developed a program to support school readiness for the children in their program. They talked about some of the challenges they faced, as well as some helpful tips and strategies you can use in your program to help prepare children for kindergarten in the fall!

NEW! CMAS Tutorial: Creativity and the Educator

When you think about the word “creativity” what comes to mind for you? In this tutorial, we’ll talk about why creativity is so important in the early years. We’ll also try to get everyone thinking outside the box a little bit, by talking about creativity… and how it isn’t just about art! Then we’ll share some ideas and inspiration for encouraging and fostering creativity in our programs! Click here for more info

Creating Culturally Relevant Classroom Environments

Part of our ongoing diligence in creating culturally relevant CNC spaces is to ask ourselves, "Do the children and families share and shape this educational space with me?".  And this new blog series is designed to help! 

WEBINAR: The Honeycomb Hypothesis: A Fresh Perspective on how Infants, Toddlers, and Two’s Learn

Have You Considered Apprenticeship as a Path to an ECE Diploma?

The Child Development Practitioner (CDP) Apprenticeship program is designed for people in Ontario who are already working in the field of Early Childhood (ECE).  Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, you can earn a CDP Certificate of Apprenticeship and take additional courses to obtain an ECE diploma before registering with the College of ECE. It’s a great opportunity for some of our experienced CNC staff in Ontario to get accredited!

Earth Day

Our planet is an amazing place, but it needs our help to thrive! That’s why each year on April 22, more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day to raise awareness. Even small children can learn a little bit about the history of Earth Day, take part in activities like picking up litter and planting trees to help make our world a happier, healthier place to live. Here are 21 fun earth day activities you might want to try in your program this month!

The Monster Dash: A Digital Story About Resilience and Flexibility

With a positive outlook, some flexibility, and a little help from grown-ups, children can learn to bounce back from challenges. This digital storybook is about one of many ways to build resilience: reframing. Read it together with children to help strengthen their growing bodies and minds!

Affirmation and Celebration: New Report Offers Recommendations for Supporting Multilingual Preschool-Age Children During the Pandemic

Affirming and celebrating all language practices supports children’s identity, and social and emotional well-being, as well as fosters their learning and development. That’s the top message from a new issue brief that focuses on how caregivers can help multilingual preschool-age children cope with stresses and trauma of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. It also describes the language development of multilingual children and how to nurture them through daily conversations and other interactions.

CMAS Webinar: Virtual Programming for Young Children

Over the last two years, many SPOs have responded to the needs of newcomer families during the pandemic by delivering online services - and the SDR from one such organization has developed a webinar to share what they’ve learned! In this webinar, join Zakia Labonee, the SDR from Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services to talk about three important things to consider in developing virtual programming for young children: child development, building relationships, and family support.