Ideas to share with parents: Activities for kids during winter break

Winter holidays are coming, and children will be out of school for two weeks! Some will travel abroad with their family, while many others will stay at home. No matter where they are, here are a few ideas to share with parents to help keep their children active and engaged during the upcoming winter holidays.

Tips for Pronouncing and Remembering Childrens’ Names Correctly

Mispronouncing a name can have a significant impact on how they see themselves and their cultural background. This article has some tips for pronouncing and remembering childrens' names correctly.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is coming!

On January 26, 2023, Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) will celebrate its 10th anniversary of bringing culturally diverse books to the hands of children, parents, teachers, and librarians.  It is an online and offline celebration that attracts thousands of supporters, educators, parents, caregivers, book reviewers, and quality authors and publishers to shine the spotlight on diversity in children's literature. If you're interested in reviewing a book and receiving a free copy of a book, you can learn more here.

Low or No-cost Strategies to Acknowledge and Reward Staff

Take an audit of your day or week… how are you showing your CNC team that you appreciate them? It's so important to provide consistent appreciation and acknowledgment of the meaningful and challenging work our CNC staff do each day. Whether things are challenging, or the program is running smoothly, caregivers need to feel appreciated! Here's a collection of low- or no-cost, actionable strategies that we can use to help staff find their inner motivation again and decrease burnout and turnover.

Did you know that Child Mind Institute resources are now available in Ukrainian?

In emergency situations, dependable information and simple tools can make a world of difference for children. That’s why the Child Mind Institute has multilingual trauma resources designed to help communities in the wake of natural disasters, school violence and acts of terror. Our guide Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event is available in 11 languages - including Ukrainian.

Try some holiday fun physical activities!

Active for Life has fun list of holiday activity ideas for families that are always popular this time of year.

Listening: A Key to Cultural Competence

Have you explored the Devereux Centre for Resilient Children YouTube channel?

Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) promotes resilience, social and emotional development in preschool children, and promotes the resilience of the adults who care for them. Their YouTube channel provides helpful videos that share guidance and tips, as well as a new 4-part series on culturally responsive care and teaching practices!

Have some soccer fun during FIFA World Cup!

The FIFA World Cup is one of the world’s most widely watched sporting events, with countries around the world participating. So it's a great time to have some soccer fun with the children in your programJust about any sport or physical activity will help to develop physical literacy and good movement skills. However, if you had to pick one sport that developed the most skills and capacities for little ones, it would have to be soccer.

CMAS Tutorial: Invitations to Play

An invitation to play can be a simple way to spark children’s curiosity and imagination! They offer children opportunities to explore and direct their own play, follow their interests, learn more about the world around them, express themselves creatively and use their imagination. In this tutorial, you’ll find 10 tips for creating your own Invitations to Play for the children in your CNC program. At the end of the tutorial, you’ll also find resources, references, a Facilitator Guide and Questions for Personal Reflection/Group Discussion so that you can easily facilitate your own team training.