A new way to find and share CNC activity ideas…

Do you have a child who’s really interested in building with blocks? Or maybe you have a group of children who really love to dump and pour? Do you ever feel like you’ve run out of activity ideas to extend their play and learning? We gathered a team of experienced CNC staff to put their heads together and develop a collection of inspiring play extension activity ideas for CNC. Now, these programming ideas can be found at LET'S PLAY: CNC Activity Ideas

COMING SOON! CMAS Webinar: Happiness @ Work

Did you know that 50% of our happiness is determined by our genes, 10% by our environment but that 40% is determined by our actions or attitude? The science of positive psychology or human flourishing suggests hundreds of simple interventions (e.g. like random acts of kindness; expressing gratitude) that we can apply daily to increase our happiness and well-being.

Researchers have been studying happiness in the workplace for more than 20 years and have learned that employees who have found a way to have meaning and purpose, use their strengths, are highly engaged and have good relationships with their colleagues are happiest.

In this CNC webinar, positive psychology practitioner, Patrice Palmer joins us to talk about different kinds of happiness, and concrete examples of simple things we can do each day to positively impact everyone around us!

Presenter: Patrice PalmerPatrice Palmer, M.Ed., M.A. has more than 20 years of experience as an ESL teacher and trainer in Canada and spent 7 amazing years in Hong Kong.  She has certificates in Positive Psychology and Positive Education from Wilfrid Laurier University, and now teaches in those programs.  Patrice is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator and Registered Yoga Teacher.  She is the author of The Teacher Self-Care Manual and is a fierce advocate for student, teacher and all school staff well-being.

Video: Syria was once a Beautiful Country

Developed as part of a research project called Syrian Refugee Children’s Narratives of Experience, this beautiful and insightful, 15-minute video documents thirteen children’s memories of Syria, a transition country, and their early days in Canada, two years after their arrival. 


CMAS is proud to present this recording of a special CNC film screening and panel discussion of the award-winning film, Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years, with co-producers Debbie LeeKeenan and John Nimmo, as well as featured teacher Nadia Janobeta. The film shifts the focus away from the talking heads of experts and on to the voices of teachers committed to equity and diversity on a daily basis. By taking viewers into diverse early childhood classrooms, the film seeks to demonstrate the importance of teacher reflection on identity, context, and practice in anti-bias education and provides a much-needed resource for teacher education and professional development. 

NEW! CMAS Webinar Series: Modelling Flexible Ideas About Gender in an Early Childhood Setting

We come from different families. We come from different cultures. We grew up in different decades. We each have our own individual experiences. We probably all see and experience gender in a slightly different way. Gender “refers to the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person’s biological sex” (American Psychological Association).

CMAS is pleased to present an opportunity for CNC staff to learn more about Modelling Flexible Ideas About Gender in an Early Childhood Setting. This two-part webinar series will include information about gender and child development, and will centre around the ideal of creating the best possible environment for nurturing the social and emotional development of children of all genders. Watch Part 1 and  Part 2.

Note that live sessions are only open to CNC-funded programs that are working with CMAS, but the recordings will be available online for everyone this fall.

Webinar: Coaching and Supervising Staff to Prioritize Social-Emotional Development Growth in Your Program

We all understand the importance of Social-Emotional Learning for children in early childhood programs. Yet, one of the biggest challenges is making sure our programs are offering the best opportunities for social-emotional development. This webinar explores the most current thinking about social-emotional development and how to ensure the staff you supervise are applying best practices in your programs.

A Diversity and Inclusion Expert Shares Her Thoughts on Canada Day

A holiday celebrating colonization is difficult most years, but this year is particularly tough in light of the hundreds of children that have been found buried at residential schools. It is a time of great mourning for the Indigenous community and Canada Day celebrations in many cities, in the absence of time to arrange something more suitable under the circumstances, have been canceled. Navigating conversations around Canada Day with our kids, both non-Indigenous and Indigenous can be a challenge. Here are her thoughts on how to handle these discussions.

Have you heard of TVOKids Teacher Power Hour?

TVOKids has some great programs and videos that celebrate diversity of all kinds – and the Teacher Power Hours provide some great examples of how you can use them to support your online programming this summer. Here’s a great example: Join teacher Jessica as she guides students through an exploration of celebrations and traditions from all around the world… it’s meant for older children, but it’s she does a wonderful job of using the videos to engage and extend learning for her students!

National Indigenous History Month: Honouring Lives Lost

The CMAS team would like to acknowledge and honour the 215 children whose lives were lost and remains were recently discovered at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.  We offer our sincere condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in BC, as well as the families and communities across Canada who continue to suffer not only the intergenerational trauma inflicted by the residential school system, but ongoing racism and discrimination. 

As June marks National Indigenous History Month, it is especially important for the CNC community to stand with the Indigenous peoples in Canada and listen. 

It can be difficult to find our path towards reconciliation or the words to share with children and families, but it’s important to reflect on how we can talk to children and families about the events and the trauma that is resurfacing among Canada’s First Nations.

We urge all of our programs to review the teachings of Elder Brenda Mason and Lori Huston, RECE, who joined us in February to discuss the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action. This 3-part webinar series and associated articles can help support a deepening of our understanding of what it means to honour the knowledge and skills of Indigenous children and families as we reckon with the past and find our way forward. 

NEW CMAS WEBINAR: Developing Engaging, Child-Centred Activities for Your CNC Program

How do you plan activities for your CNC program? We all do our best to make our CNC programs child-centred, but sometimes program planning can be a challenge! In our most recent webinar, Jackie Cunningham talks about why engaging, child-centred curriculum is so important, where to start with emergent program planning, how to use developmental domains to build on curriculum and learning, and inspiring project-based activity ideas.