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HiMama Helps Webinar: Working With Young Children During COVID-19

This webinar is all about supporting the youngest members of our society as we redefine what "normal" means in childcare. Experts will share their tips and strategies to help educators, parents and children adapt to life during the pandemic.

The Ultimate List of Fun Picture Books

This article is written for parents, but it includes a fun list of 48 engaging picture books that are always a hit at storytime!

Free Webinars for Parents/Caregivers

To support you and your family’s mental health during COVID-19, clinical psychologists from Peel Children’s Centre are offering free webinars for parents/caregivers on a variety of topics, such as: making and maintaining routines during school closure; coping with COVID-19 anxiety; understanding and supporting stress in kids; caregiver self-care and more!

Stay, Play & Learn At Home

Stay, Play and Learn At Home is a new web page to share with families! It's a fun list of free, online programming and activities to help families stay active, stay engaged, have fun and learn new things while practicing physical distancing or self-isolating at home. There’s something in the listing for everyone - with dance, EarlyON centre programming, fitness, art, science, book clubs, live music, museum tours and so much more. The list of links will be updated regularly.

CMAS Webinar: Special Needs and Children’s Settlement

Each child and family comes to CNC with a unique set of strengths and needs. Many are learning a new language, dealing with change and loss, or even the trauma of forced migration. As one of the first points of contact here in Canada, CNC program staff are often uniquely positioned to support newcomer children’s settlement and development. In this new CMAS webinar, CMAS special needs consultant Shanda Burnett helps participants better recognize and understand settlement and developmental needs. She also talks about Individual Program Plans and how they help when a child needs extra support.

CMAS Webinar: Engaging Children’s Senses Through Play

In this CMAS webinar, Jackie Cunningham discusses the importance of sensory play and how you can incorporate it into different areas of your programming.

5 ways to support children’s remote learning

As ECEs look for ways to remain connected to families and support young children, many are considering or being asked to provide remote learning opportunities. There are lots of online resources suggesting activities to promote children’s learning at home, but less guidance is offered on how we can work with families remotely! Here are five recommendations for how you can support families while they're at home.

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support

COVID-19 has placed a tremendous strain on individuals and families across the country. Many people are concerned about their physical and mental well being. Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources you can share with families to help, including modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.

Multilingual video series: Parenting Through COVID-19

These are challenging times, for children, for parents, for teachers. For all of us. Roots of Empathy has developed a series of mental health and well-being videos designed for parents of elementary school children. The videos are available in 18 languages, including six Indigenous languages.

Video Call Dance Party: Dancing, Singing, and Learning Together!

Here are two playful activities for young children that are packed with benefits and will also use up some of that wonderful kid energy. They're designed so that they could be done together on a video call for parents and teachers to lead a group of children in a virtual dance party.