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.

Supporting Parents and Caregivers with Trauma Histories during COVID-19

COVID IMAGEA new Child Trends brief outlines strategies that can be used during the pandemic to support parents who have experienced trauma. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, caregivers have faced many challenges, including unemployment and benefits cuts, loss of child care, and the need to supervise virtual learning. Research shows that chronic stress and hardship can negatively affect parents’ and caregivers’ ability to support and nurture their children, and these effects are even greater for parents who have a history of trauma.

HiMama Helps Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccines and Child Care Policies

Covid-19In this webinar, participants join law and virology experts to hear about how the vaccine works and how to create vaccine policies for their programs. They'll also have a chance to ask questions and learn more about keeping their CNC program safe!

NEW CMAS WEBINAR: Learning As We Go – Literacy Strategies to Support Young Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID IMAGEBookmates joins us for this important webinar to talk about early literacy resources, tools and strategies that support early learning during challenging times such as we are currently experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s an opportunity for participants to hear about; possible long term repercussions of physical distancing on preschool development, evidence based research on increased anxiety/frustration, sedentary behaviours and screen time our early years population may be experiencing, the importance of relationships in a socially distant world, and literacy strategies and children's books designed to mitigate some of the challenges facing children in 2021 and beyond.

NARA Child Care Webinar Series: Best Practices for Keeping Child Care Settings Healthy and Safe During the Pandemic

COVID IMAGEJoin experts for this two-part webinar series on best practices for child care settings during the pandemic. In the first session, participants will hear about the layered approach to preventing the transmission of COVID-19, the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting, and how to select use cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting products. Session two will focus on the ventilation and how it fits into an overall healthy building plan with respect to COVID-19 disease and other indoor contaminants, as well as 3 simple steps you can take to improve ventilation in a child care facility.

Professional Development: Self-Care in the Context of 2021

COVID IMAGEStrengthening self-awareness to reduce burnout in times of stress and uncertainty (Self-Care) is a keynote address focusing on the need for self-awareness and self-care in 2020. Now more than ever we need to access our sources of resilience, strength and grounding. Participants will be introduced to the concept of burnout and learn about the Zones of Self-Awareness to detect when their stress response systems have been activated. Several sources of resilience will be explored for strengthening or building self-regulation and grounding in times of stress.