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Activity Idea: Ice Chalk Art

Chalk is a fun summer activity that children love - and ice chalk is easily washed away with just a little water! Made with simple and easy-to-find ingredients, it's a great way to help keep kids cool. And remember to visit LET'S PLAY for more activity ideas this summer!

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math for Preschoolers?

Lately, everyone seems to be talking about STEAM. It’s a hot topic in the world of education, but what does it really mean?  STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. You may think some of these subjects seem lofty for young children to grasp - and in some ways, that’s true. But young children can build a strong foundation for future learning by exploring STEAM preschool skills and concepts through play.  And there are lots of STEAM activities that you can do with children to keep them engaged and learning using simple household items!

HiMama Helps Webinar: How to teach children to embrace differences

Let's talk about how young children develop their understanding of differences! Most importantly, this webinar provides practical strategies that CNC staff can use to encourage young children to talk about, understand and appreciate differences between people and places.

Being a Dad in Canada – Available in 7 Languages

The Being a Dad in Canada tips sheets, video, and facilitation guide are part of the Family Life in Canada resource series. The goal of this series is to help newcomers adjust to life in Canada and encourage them to access information, programs, and services in their community. All you have to do is sign up to get access to the free resources that are available in 7 languages - making them easy to use with the newcomer families you work with!

National Indigenous Peoples Day 2022

Each year, on June 21st, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day that celebrates and recognizes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures. It is observed on the 21st of June to recognize the summer solstice, the day of maximum daylight, and its importance to Indigenous Peoples. Now that we can celebrate together again, here are some ways you can celebrate Indigenous culture across Canada!

World Refugee Day

Each year on June 20, the world celebrates World Refugee Day. It's an opportunity to build empathy and understanding, and to recognize the resilience of refugee families. This year, the focus will be on the right to seek safety. Every person on this planet has a right to seek safety – whoever they are, wherever they come from and whenever they are forced to flee.

Self-Care Tips for Early Childhood Educators

As we walk this leg on the winding path of pandemic shifts, hopefully toward a more health-filled and balanced future, many educators are experiencing serious fatigue. Building awareness around what we are experiencing and feeling can be an important first step in establishing routines for self-care and well-being that combat burnout and support our mental health.

Canadian Multiculturalism Day

On June 27, Canadian Multiculturalism Day honours the many cultural communities that help build a strong and vibrant Canadian society. It's an opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity that enriches us collectively... have you thought about creating a local celebration or participating in activities in your community?

Free Toolkit: Engaging Families in Healthy Development

Parents are their child’s first teachers—and when they’re actively involved in promoting early development, the results are better outcomes and stronger parent– child bonds. Children with involved parents are more likely to get the support they need and be prepared for school and future success. Adapted from the trusted Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ®) family of products, you can use this toolkit of resources to help you engage families in nurturing their child’s development - and help them get their children off to the best start in life!

Food Allergy Canada VIDEO: How to use epinephrine auto-injectors for treating anaphylaxis

This video demonstrates how to use the different auto-injectors in Canada, including EpiPen®, ALLERJECT® and Emerade™, and how these devices are used to treat anaphylaxis. It's an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the device options and how to use them!