Parents and Families External Resources

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.

Immunization Information for Newcomer Families

All CNC programs must provide newcomer families with information on immunization in Canada. This can be difficult when you serve a vast number of languages and the information is complex. Health Canada has recently jreleased: A Parent’s Guide to Vaccination in Canada that can help. The in-depth guide is available in French, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.f valuable material) is available in French, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.

Hand in Hand: A Parenting Journey – Parenting Guide for Newcomers

What are the Canadian laws surrounding child abuse? Do I need to change my parenting style? Should I be scared of losing my child? Hand in Hand: A Parenting Journey answers these common questions from newcomer parents. Developed with input from Canadian families and newcomers, this guide gives families new parenting tools and information about resources to support their parenting here in Canada.

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.