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NEW! February Virtual Cafés

To support CNC professional development, share promising practices, and provide opportunities for CNC programs to connect, we’re hosting Virtual Cafés again this month. There are lots of new topics in February to look forward to!


Coming Soon! Reconciliation and Indigenous Pedagogies in Early Learning and Child Care: CNC Webinar Series

CMAS is pleased to present an opportunity for CNC staff to learn about Canada’s Indigenous peoples’ history, knowledge and pedagogies while engaging in reconciliation. Reconciliation is the responsibility of all Canadians. But how much do you know about the Truth and Reconciliation Council of Canada Calls to Action? 

Collaborating and creating space for Indigenous leadership in the early childhood sector is an important part of walking together in reconciliation. In this three-part webinar series, Elder Brenda Mason and Lori Huston, RECE, will share Indigenous knowledge and stories from their perspectives, teachings and lived experiences. Check your email for the schedule and registration information or contact info@cmascanada.ca 

NOTE: These sessions are only open to CNC-funded programs that are working with CMAS. The webinar recordings will be added to the website’s Learning Centre by the end of the month.


Newcomer Nutrition Education Toolkit

To support program providers and health professionals who work with newcomers to Canada, Alberta Health Services has put together this helpful collection of nutrition videos and resources for people with basic English literacy and diverse cultural backgrounds. Topics include food safety, starting solids, healthy snacks for children, and more!


WEBINAR: Implementing Virtual Learning-Tips from the Front lines

Looking for fresh ideas? Join this HiMama webinar for virtual learning inspiration, strategies for supporting your team, and tips for building community during the pandemic.

Understanding and Responding to Children Who Bite

Biting is a typical behaviour often seen in infants, toddlers, and 2-year olds. As children mature, gain self-control, and develop problem-solving skills, they usually outgrow this behaviour. While not uncommon, biting can be an upsetting and potentially harmful behaviour. This article will help you to understand why some children bite and provide some ideas and strategies for responding appropriately.

Webinar: Puppet Pals for Children, SEL Partners for Teachers

Whether you are teaching in person or online, this information-packed webinar will provide strategies for using puppets to create engaging experiences for young children. Participants will be inspired to use puppets as "pals" who help children with problem solving, empathy, community-building, and all aspects of development. Join this webinar to learn how to make puppets partners in your online or in-person program.

Online security considerations for CNC staff and programs supporting families remotely

Organizations are responsible for managing their own online presence. Given that security risks can arise through the use of various online platforms and practices, we encourage you to carefully consider what works best to meet your organizational needs. To bring this important issue to the forefront, in December, we provided you with two important documents to support your CNC team in delivering safe and secure online supports: The Importance of Secure, Safe, and Professional Online Interactions, and Online Interactions Considerations Checklist. We are also hosting Virtual Cafés on online security to raise awareness and help identify measures to help keep yourself, your organization, and your CNC families safe. If you are offering online supports and/or services for children, we encourage you to attend a session.


NEW! January Virtual Cafés

To support CNC professional development, share promising practices, and provide opportunities for CNC programs to connect, Virtual Cafés have started up again this month. There are lots of new topics in January to look forward to!


Activities Ideas to Help Get Kids Moving!

Keep children moving while learning with daily, quick and creative physical activities. Ideally, kids should have two to three active play times every day. Instead of thinking of exercise as a separate scheduled activity, just try to weave quick “moving” moments throughout the day.

Infographic: New Ideas for Connecting with Diverse Families of Young Children During Difficult Times

COVID IMAGEDownload and print this helpful infographic for your CNC team - with answers to frequently asked questions about building relationships with diverse families of young children during challenging times.