Child Development

New Research on How Babies Learn Two Languages

In a new study, an international team of researchers, including those from Princeton University, report that bilingual infants as young as 20 months of age are really good at processing two languages!

Ten Tips for Building Resilience in Children

Did you know that resilience is learned? Some of the children you work with may have experienced trauma. Even very young children absorb frightening events, so it’s important to have strategies to help them settle into their new life here in Canada. Here are 10 tips for building resilience. Review these ideas for strategies you can use or share with parents.

Hold on to Your Home Language parent brochures are available in 21 languages!

How do you talk to parents about the importance of keeping their home language? has brochures that can help you explain the benefits to parents - and they're available in 21 languages! Download Hold on to Your Home Language for the parents in your program here...

Translated Tip Sheets for Parents

Do any of the families you support have 10-12 year old children? You can help them by printing out these translated tip sheets from the Psychology Foundation of Canada. The tip sheets are available in six languages, on topics like: Managing Conflict, Friends, Independence, Discipline, Puberty and Relationships

Free Parent Brochures and Guides (English and Spanish)

ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. They have resources for parents that are available in both English and Spanish.

ConnectABILITY – Special needs resources for parents and caregivers

Developed by Community Living Toronto, ConnectABILITY is a site full of helpful tips, tools and resources for parents and caregivers of children with special needs.

How does being bilingual benefit children?

In the era of globalization, learning a second language during childhood can provide developmental and social benefits. This topic aims to further understanding of the impacts of bilingualism on children’s cognitive development and suggests the most favourable learning contexts. Read more.

10 Tips for Raising a Compassionate Infant-Toddler

Recent research shows that infants and toddlers are far more empathetic than we once thought. With this in mind, here are ten tips for the classroom to help infants and toddlers become pro-social - that families can also try at home! Read more...

Healthy Families BC: Pregnancy and Parenting

Healthy Families BC has helpful tips and tools for parents with babies and toddlers. The website covers all areas of social, emotional and physical development, as well as building healthy relationships and positive parenting.

Keep Your First Language – Multilingual Resource for Parents!

Children need to learn their first language well. Research shows that learning more than one language in early childhood can really help. Keep Your First Language is available in 8 languages! You can also find other useful Vancouver Coastal Health resources here!