Video: Syria was once a Beautiful Country

Developed as part of a research project called Syrian Refugee Children’s Narratives of Experience, this beautiful and insightful, 15-minute video documents thirteen children’s memories of Syria, a transition country, and their early days in Canada, two years after their arrival. 

Creating Opportunities for Active Play

By now, you have probably heard about the importance of regular physical activity. You are likely aware that establishing strong physical activity habits at a young age increases the chance of maintaining healthy activity levels into adulthood. Here are some developmentally appropriate activities that can help us instill a love of physical activity for children of all ages!

In Observance of Human Rights Day

Learning about human rights helps to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that empower us to stand up for our rights the rights of others. Here are some suggestions for simple activities to get involved in Human Rights Day this month.

Safe Spaces: Youth with Refugee Experience and Their Parents Harnessing Resilience

In a recent study, ten workshops were organized for Arabic-speaking refugee youth and their parents. Facilitated by the Syrian Canadian Foundation and psychiatrist Dr. Omar Reda, the workshops aimed to provide a safe space for refugee families to build better inter-family understanding and integrate trauma stories to build resilience. Here's what parents and youth had to say, illustrated in a simple infographic.

Webinar: Nurturing Indigenous Identity in an Early Years Centre

Samantha and the team at the EarlyON program in Baawaating (Sault Ste. Marie) believe that the culture of First Nations’ children -- their languages and kinship systems -- must be modelled, taught and celebrated so that Indigenous children grow to be proud of who they are. This webinar will share a snapshot of the unique history of First Nations people from the perspective of Indigenous early childhood educators. How that perspective inspired the methodology used to create an Indigenous culturally based early years family resource centre that places the knowledge and worldview of First Nations’ peoples at the centre of learning for parents/caregivers and their children.

Playful Traditions

When planning for inclusive holiday celebrations, we must consider the whole child and make clear connections to our families. Traditions can keep us grounded and give us hope. They hold the memories of our past, ground us in the present, and give us a vision for the future. Traditions also help us build a sense of belonging and community. Here are some tips for weaving playful traditions into an early childhood program so they can become part of your program's collective culture.

How to help young kids cope with the trauma of the last year

WEBINAR: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – It Starts in Early Childhood

Diversity, equity, and inclusion seem to be buzzwords these days, but what do they all mean? During this webinar, participants took a closer look at the role of leaders and educators in creating programs, policies, and approaches that reflect these values. They'll also have a chance to discuss practical tips to create environments where everyone is welcome and included!

5 Ways Immigrant Parents Support Children’s Home Language Learning

It is important to preserve and develop a child’s home language for their cultural, linguistic, and social development. Yet, languages other than English are often not welcomed or encouraged the way they should be in classrooms. Here are 5 important ways that immigrant parents pass along their important linguistic, cultural, and social knowledge to support children's home language learning.

Webinar: Working Well with Babies

The first three years are a distinct developmental period in which quality of care and education have long-lasting effects. Babies have unique needs, and infant/ toddler education is one of the most important, complex, and challenging jobs. The Working Well with Babies webinar provides a set of comprehensive competencies, organized into 9 domains, along with the supports that educators need!