COVID-19

Affirmation and Celebration: New Report Offers Recommendations for Supporting Multilingual Preschool-Age Children During the Pandemic

Affirming and celebrating all language practices supports children’s identity, and social and emotional well-being, as well as fosters their learning and development. That’s the top message from a new issue brief that focuses on how caregivers can help multilingual preschool-age children cope with stresses and trauma of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. It also describes the language development of multilingual children and how to nurture them through daily conversations and other interactions.


CMAS Webinar: Virtual Programming for Young Children

Over the last two years, many SPOs have responded to the needs of newcomer families during the pandemic by delivering online services - and the SDR from one such organization has developed a webinar to share what they’ve learned! In this webinar, join Zakia Labonee, the SDR from Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services to talk about three important things to consider in developing virtual programming for young children: child development, building relationships, and family support.


Affirmation and Celebration: New Report Offers Recommendations for Supporting Multilingual Preschool-Age Children during the Pandemic

Affirming and celebrating all language practices supports children’s identity, and social and emotional well-being, as well as fosters their learning and development. That’s the top message from a new report that focuses on ways that parents, family members and other adults can help multilingual preschool-age children cope with the stress and trauma of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Nurturing Your Preschool-Age Multilingual Child Amid COVID-19: The Important Role of Languages describes the language development of multilingual children and how to nurture them through daily conversations and other interactions.

Dealing With Uncertainty in the Face of Omicron

We don’t know how bad Omicron will turn out to be. But the appearance of the new COVID variant has already introduced more uncertainty at a time when our patience has been worn thin by nearly two years of pandemic disruptions. Child Mind Institute has some tips for how to stay positive and manage stress.

How to help young kids cope with the trauma of the last year

https://hechingerreport.org/we-know-how-to-help-young-kids-cope-with-the-trauma-of-the-last-year-but-will-we-do-it/

How to Support Children (and Yourself) During COVID-19

The coronavirus outbreak has changed many things about our daily lives. But even during this uncertain time, it’s a sure thing that children are still learning, growing, and developing - and that everyone can help support a child’s healthy development - in ways that may even help relieve your stress!. Here are a few simple, free activities that can make a big difference.

Multilingual COVID-19: Vaccine Resources

Looking for resources about COVID-19 vaccines in different languages? City of Toronto has developed this series of COVID-19 vaccine-related posters, graphics and other resources such as videos in multiple languages that you can download and share with families.

Opening the Door to So Much More: The Impact When Your Doors Are Wide Open to Families

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted policies across programs. Programs have implemented temporary restrictions and guidance that changed their drop-in procedures and on-site family engagement efforts. It may be a challenge to offer opportunities where families can still be involved and feel part of your program during these times. It's important to give some thought as to how they can be safely involved (e.g., video conferencing) or contribute in ways that do not require them to be physically present. It might also be a good time to think ahead into the future when families will once again be allowed to visit programs, reflect on your policies and gather feedback from families within your own program, and make sure they reflect your program’s beliefs and values regarding family support and engagement.

WEBINAR: Play in the Era of COVID-19

COVID IMAGEJoin Redleaf Press and Thomas Rendon, co-author of SAVING PLAY: Addressing Standards through Play-Based Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten, in conversation on Play in the Era of COVID-19


How to spot the difference between COVID-19 and allergies

COVID IMAGECoughing or sneezing has always been part of allergy and flu season, but today people might get worried if they show any symptoms that are related to COVID-19. The Saskatchewan Health Authority has published a list that compares the symptoms of COVID-19 with those of allergies.