Programs in Action

CMAS in Action: CNC Programs in the Global Spotlight

Every day our CNC programs help immigrant and refugee children settle into their new life in Canada. While we know that our work is valuable, it’s also nice to have others acknowledge and reach out to learn from us. Over the last few months we have had the privilege of sharing ideas on practices that make a difference to care of newcomer children and refugees.

CMAS in Action: Targeted Learning

Since the introduction of CNC in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, sites have been growing…and thriving. As they become increasingly familiar and compliant with CNC requirements, staff are looking for new ways to build the quality of services and broaden their knowledge. CMAS is supporting these goals with the launch of two new workshops created to meet the needs of the programs in these provinces.

CNC in Action: Bringing CNC into the Community

With the JIAS Toronto (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) LINC School’s CNC Program and the B’nai Brith seniors’ program located under one roof, it is common for the young and old to pass each other in the hallway. There are smiles and waves shared between the groups. Kelly Wood, supervisor of the CNC site, often wondered how she could bring the two generations together in a more meaningful way. As it turns out, Robin Grossman, the Seniors’ Outreach Program Coordinator at B’nai Brith Canada, had the same thought. She reached out to Kelly about an introductory activity.

CNC in Action: Making Connections

Six months ago, when Mariana Schenkel started working with the preschool group, she noticed they couldn’t sit still for five minutes during circle time. The children were not connecting with the planned activities and were restless. By creating handmade activities and storyboards filled with pictures, children and parents are making the connections to help them thrive.

CMAS in Action: Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Anna Humphrey, CMAS Editor and Children’s Book Author

CMAS is eager to spread the news about TD Canadian Children’s Book Week, an annual nationwide event being held from May 5-12 to celebrate Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. Adding to the excitement? Our very own editor, Anna Humphrey, is one of only 30 authors selected to speak this year. Read about her involvement and find out how your families can attend events.

CNC in Action: 2018 CNC Conference

The 2018 CNC Conference, Working With Refugee Children and Their Families, was an opportunity to meet other CNC staff, build relationships, share strategies, and collaborate to create real life solutions that benefit children enrolled in CNC programs. Revisit highlights from the conference, and submit an idea from the conference that you implemented/plan to implement in your program to win a prize.

CNC in Action: An International Perspective

There are over fifty million refugees and it is estimated that over half of these are children. As the world tries to determine how to serve these children, some countries are taking the lead and making significant contributions. CMAS was invited to participate and present a poster session at the Expanding Effective ECEC Services for Young Refugee Children Conference. International practitioners, philanthropists, policymakers, experts and other stakeholders in the field attended the event, held on September 11 and 12 in Berlin. Find out more.

CNC in Action: Creating Community

The Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor is a community hub, offering a number of services to both immigrants and the community at large. These services allow the centre to work together as a team to bring healthy meals to families with children registered in the CNC program.

CNC in Action: Special Needs

This is the story of a family who faced many barriers. Thanks to a very committed CNC team, the parents successfully navigated the system and got the help their children needed.

CNC in Action: A Reggio-inspired Program

Inspiration and knowledge can come from anywhere. This is especially true at Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC), where each child is encouraged to follow their curiosities and construct their own learning through an approach to child care influenced by The Reggio Emilia Philosophy.