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NEW! Parenting School-Age and Adult Children Curriculum Guide

Parenting School-Age and Adult Children was created to support newcomer parenting programs and address some of the challenges that newcomer parents and caregivers may have with parenting in Canadian society. The goal of the program is to help newcomer parents and caregivers gain effective communication skills, better understand the Canadian school systems, and create a safe space for parents and caregivers to address their questions and concerns relating to children integrating into the wider Canadian society and culture. The program is designed to meet the needs of newcomer parents and caregivers with a CLB 3 or higher in English language classes.

How will you celebrate National Child Day?

National Child Day is celebrated on November 20th each year. Here, you can learn more about National Child Day and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as find resources and ideas for promoting awareness and celebrating children's rights all year long!

Guelph children from Syria illustrate and co-author a picture book

Seven Suitcases is a new children's book written from the perspective of a 9-year-old Syrian girl who is new to Canada. It's based on the true story of Ahmed, Farah and Hala Marie, who came to Canada with their parents three years ago. In this interview, the three siblings talk to CBC about what it was like to co-author and illustrate the book with the help of their teacher/librarian friend.

Free Educational Posters for Food Allergy Awareness

To help you with food allergy awareness and education efforts in CNC, Allergic Living has developed this series of free 8.5 x 11-inch posters that can be customized to meet the needs of your program. Click a poster’s image to download it.

CNC in Action: Five Great Practices in a Child Centred Program

Red River College’s CNC program in Steinbach, a rural area one hour outside of Winnipeg, serves a growing local immigrant population. Located in a Mennonite Church, increased enrolment keeps the site running at or near its capacity of 25 children, who range in age from 18 months to five years old. Not only is the program filling a need within the community, but the staff is showing strength in child-centred care and explorative play, according to their CMAS consultant, Jackie Cunningham. CMAS spoke with the Childcare Supervisor, Nalini Ranganath, to explore five of their practices that really benefit the newcomer children.

NEW! Helping You Manage CNC Webinar: Developing Leadership Potential

How much do you know about your leadership style and how to build leadership within your CNC team? In this webinar recording, Karen Minty provides CNC administrators and SDRs with insight into the characteristics, behaviours and traits that make a good leader. Participants are also encouraged to identify and explore the different styles of effective leadership, and build a strategy for success with their CNC team! Watch the webinar now

We’re going on a Goopy Bear Hunt…..Fine Motor Sensory Fun!

If you have children showing interest in the concepts of big and small, counting and grouping colours, try this fun activity that encourages them to explore and expand on those concepts during sensory play!

NEW! Yoruba Parent Resources

In response to recent program requests, our most popular multilingual parent resources are now available in Yoruba, including: Newcomer Parent Resource Series, All About Care for Newcomer Children (CNC), and A Parent’s Guide to Gradual Separation

Science of Early Child Development

The Science of Early Child Development (SECD) resources bring research and concepts to life with hundreds of readings, videos, links, questions for reflection, and interactive activities. From the latest research into babies' brain development and the impact of early experience on well-being, to topics such as child rights, literacy and the importance of play, SECD explores how nature and nurture interact from conception on to construct a foundation for development.

Halloween safety: Tips for families

Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for kids. Here are some safety tips to share with parents and children that will help keep everyone safe and happy this Halloween!