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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!

New Online Tutorial: Stages & Strategies for Language Learning in Newcomer Children

Learning a language is a complex process that is experienced differently by every child. But whether you’re supporting dual language learners, single, second or even multiple language learners in your program, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how language learning happens. In the Stages & Strategies for Language Learning in Newcomer Children tutorial, you’ll learn about the four stages of language learning and what to expect as children move through each phase. You’ll also find practical strategies that you can use to support children during each stage. At the end of the tutorial, there are resources, references, a facilitator guide and added group discussion questions so that you can easily facilitate your own team training.

Celebrating Diversity In Preschool

As early childhood programs become more culturally diverse, many educators are wondering how they can teach about diversity in the early years. In this HiMama preschool podcast, Jordana Shakoor talks about shifting perspectives on diversity and how diversity is an exciting learning experience for both children and teachers. She talks about how genuine curiosity when learning about new cultures makes celebrating cultural differences a more natural process.

Playful Learning Spaces for Babies and Toddlers

Creating engaging , welcoming and playful learning spaces for babies and toddlers is just as important as setting up environments for older children. Yet sometimes this is easier said than done and we struggle to find the right balance between offering an environment that is developmentally appropriate and yet still allows for both security and basic caregiving needs to be met alongside the freedom of exploration as they challenge and extend upon new skills. Find out more about why designing a playful learning space for babies and toddler is so important here!

What’s Behind Separation Anxiety

Handling separation anxiety isn’t only about managing an individual child, it is also about working with their parents through it all and creating a safe and welcoming environment. It also helps to understand what's behind separation anxiety for different age groups, and strategies to help!

CMAS in Action: A Team Effort– Supporting Special Needs in CNC

Children arrive in your CNC programs and may exhibit concerning behaviours or delays. Sometimes, these issues disappear as they settle into the routine. Other times, additional professional assistance is needed. Even if a child does not have a special needs diagnosis, CMAS can help.