School Readiness

VIDEO: What is Executive Function and Self-Regulation?

The Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University has a new, 5-minute video that explains how we use executive function and self-regulation each and every day to manage ordinary, and sometimes challenging tasks. It also shows how science offers an explanation for how we navigate tasks successfully, and what can send us off course.

Learn & Play Tip-a-Day

Boost the healthy growth and development of young children with this free tip-a-day app from Brookes Publishing! Each weekday, you’ll receive a quick new idea, activity, or strategy from some of our top experts on child development and early education.

Do you know about the Children’s Book Bank?

The Children’s Book Bank provides free books and literacy support to children living in low-income neighbourhoods across Toronto.

5 Tips for Encouraging Sharing

There has been some debate about encouraging sharing in the early years, and some educators prefer to encourage "taking turns" over "sharing". Either way, it's important for the children in our programs to work on social skills and learn how to share space and objects with their peers. Here are five ideas for teaching and encouraging sharing in your program.

NEW! Newcomer Parent Resource Series: Available in 15 Languages

Refugee parents come to Canada with unique settlement needs, and language barriers that make it challenging to get information to support their parenting, children’s development, and the health and safety of their family here in Canada. We’ve developed a series of 14 parent resources to help - and they’re available in the 14 languages most commonly spoken by refugee families here in Canada!

Helping Your Child Get Ready to Learn

Since children do best when they grow up in a healthy environment where they feel safe, respected and loved—the way you care for them will have a great impact on how well they will learn. This resource is available in multiple languages for download.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Use the checklist to create a healthy daily routine that can help your child get ready for school. This resource is available in multiple languages for download.

30 Games and Activities for Self-Regulation

These 30 games and activities support planning and problem solving, memory, attention, motor control and sequencing. They’re a great way to introduce self-regulation strategies to kids! has built in translation to help you communicate with parents is a free app that helps educators communicate with parents - and it has built in translation!

A Guide for Newcomer Parents About School in Canada

The Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation has a guide that will help to address some of the questions that immigrant and refugee parents may have about the school system in Canada, and give them the opportunity to address how their parenting role may be different in Canada than it was in their home country.