Resources

Webinar: Extending the Book Experience: Strategies That Promote Language and Literacy in Dual Language Learners

Are you familiar with strategies that support DLLs in each stage of language development? Are you creating purposeful and intentional learning experiences that foster English language acquisition? Based on the planning guide, 10 Best Practices for Developing Book Experiences for Dual Language Learners, this webinar will support early childhood educators as they improve overall academic success with language and literacy development.

Resource: Raising Teens in a New Country: A Guide for the Whole Family

This guide was created for parents and teens who are new to the U.S, and for service providers who are working with newcomer families. It's full of great information and conversation starters that could be used in parent or teen workshops and supports.

Keeping School-Age Children Healthy: Nutrition and Physical Activity

Good nutrition and physical activity are important parts of staying healthy. They can prevent obesity and some chronic illnesses. You can play an important role in encouraging and modelling healthy habits for school-age children. This virtual lesson will help you understand portion control, meal components, food safety, and ways of promoting lifelong physical fitness.

Planning a summer school-age program?

Creating Quality School-Age Child Care Space has helpful sections on space planning, programming and activities that are full of ideas to help you!

Playing with Rainbows: A National Play Program for At-Risk Refugee Children is now available, free of charge!

The Playing with Rainbows manual, developed by YWCA of Canada, outlines a play-based group model designed to facilitate healing in school-age children and youth who have been traumatized by experiences of war and migration. You can download the manual, free of charge.

Webinar: Using Loose Parts to Create Culturally Sustainable Environments

A culturally sustainable environment embraces and values the multi-ethnic and multilingual capacities of young children and families. It is how tradition, history, and culture come together to improve the quality of life- culturally, economically, socially, and environmentally. Not just for today, but for future generations to come. A culturally sustainable environment supports children’s development, renews and maintains their humanity to create enduring relationships with nature and with other people in the community and from around the world. In this webinar, you will learn how to use loose parts to design environments that foster culturally sustainability.

Disinfection Options in Child Care Facilities

This helpful little handbook explains how germs are spread in child care facilities. It also explains the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting; the use of household bleach as a sanitizer/disinfectant; and the use of acceptable alternatives.

I Can See My Feelings: Download this children’s book for free!

This beautiful picture book is a great tool for teaching young children about feelings. "I have lots of feelings. To me they seem quite new. They show upon my face, and I see them on yours too. To help me learn about them, grab a mirror and this book. Let’s have some fun together, learning how these feelings look." I Can See My Feelings is available to download and print for free!

Online Training: Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This online training is divided into eight modules on topics like: Introduction to Autism, Setting the Stage for Learning, Observing and Understanding Behaviour, Setting Goals, Developing Functional Play, Enhancing Social Skills and more... if you're working with a child with ASD, it's a great way to learn the basics and find excellent articles, tutorials and websites to further explore!

5 Simple Ways to Build Resilience and Well-Being in Children

How can we help children to be more resilient and less vulnerable to mental health problems? Although we can’t stop all mental health problems, we can help children develop habits that build their wellbeing and resilience. But,  these habits can’t exist on their own. They need to grow out of strong, supportive, nurturing relationships that children can develop with their parents, caregivers and teachers. Here are 5 ways to build wellbeing that you can integrate into your program.