Parents and Families External Resources

Multilingual information for parents: Free prescriptions for children and youth in Ontario

In Ontario, children and youth (age 24 years old and under) now have access to free prescription drug coverage, regardless of family income. You can find helpful information and multilingual resources that can be shared with the families in your program here.

Growing Together Toolkit for mothers and babies

The Growing Together Toolkit is for community service providers who support mothers and their young children and families. The toolkit presents strategies to build healthy relationships with babies and toddlers and focuses on mothers who are dealing with depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma or other challenging life circumstances.

IRCC Resource: Violence Prevention Resource Cards

As part of IRCCs on-going commitment to violence prevention, they have developed a multilingual resource card that is small and easy to discreetly pass along to clients in various settings. The card contains key contact and emergency information that directs clients to a variety of resources that can be accessed in most places throughout Canada. It is intended for newcomers who may be victims of abuse or those believed to be at risk and can be ordered by SPOs here.

Meal planning made easy for parents and caregivers

Healthy eating helps children grow and thrive, but managing mealtimes and helping children develop healthy eating habits can be challenging! This helpful new resource includes: sample menus, checklists, ideas for picky eaters and saving money, simple, healthy, kid-friendly recipes and more... (Available in English and French)

Fire Safety At Home – Multilingual Resource for Parents

Help the families in your program stay safe with these basic fire safety tip sheets that are available in Arabic, Bosnian, Somali and Spanish.

Child Safety Information for Parents – Available in 12 languages

Help parents understand how to keep their children safe with these multilingual checklists on topics like home, child and car seat safety.

Safe Kids Week June 5-11

Injury is the leading cause of death for children in Canada. Parachute’s Safe Kids Week is dedicated to educating families, caregivers and children on ways to stay safe. This year, the focus is on promoting safe and active transportation: Walk, Bike and Wheel. There is a tip sheet for parents that you can download, posters, plus a community toolkit available for purchase that helps you plan and host activities for families. You can also sign up for Parachute’s free online course on Child Injury Prevention. It is for people working with families who have children aged 0-6.

Sun Safety

Sun safety is not just about summer–it’s a year-round practice. But with summer here, it’s also a time when more families are out enjoying the beautiful Canadian summer. It's  an opportunity to help parents and to also review your program practices.  The Canadian Dermatology Association offers many resources that you can share, including: • tipsheets for parents, daycares and summer camp; • posters and colouring pages; and • a cartoon video for kids on sun safety.

Video Clips for Parent Meetings

From flu prevention tips to information about food groups, the dangers of blind cords and the importance of vaccinations, this collection of more than 100 short clips teaches about topics that are relevant to all families. The colourful videos also use simple language paired with strong visuals, making them excellent for use in parent meetings or the ESL classroom.

Helping Newcomers Prepare for Emergencies

What can you do to help newcomer families during Emergency Preparedness Week? Like all families, newcomer families need help in understanding and preparing for emergencies they may face in their new communities. The week of May 2 -7, 2017 is dedicated to helping all families in Canada be prepared. Take a look and see all that is available to share with the newcomer families in your community.