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

COVID IMAGEa href="https://bookmates.ca/">Bookmates 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.


NEW! Reconciliation and Indigenous Pedagogies in Early Learning and Child Care: Part 3 – Exploring Indigenous Pedagogies Connected to Experiential Learning in Relations to Mother Earth

CMAS is pleased to present part 3 of this three-part webinar series. 

There are many values, traditions and experiences that Indigenous children gain from being on the land and grounded in experiential learning that is connected to Mother Earth. In this third and final webinar, Elder Brenda Mason and Lori Huston, RECE share the Indigenous relational teachings with connections to being, spirit and land.


NEW! Reconciliation and Indigenous Pedagogies in Early Learning and Child Care: Part 2 – Awakening and Coming to Know Indigenous Pedagogies in Early Learning

CMAS is pleased to present part 2 of this three-part webinar series.  

Indigenous knowledge is a knowledge system that is different from Eurocentric knowledge – it is closely tied to space. In part two of this webinar series, Elder Brenda Mason and Lori Huston, RECE share teaching and learning processes that are holistic and narrative-based. Stories are a primary medium for conveying Indigenous knowledge, so in this webinar, participants will hear stories about the Indigenous child, family, and community’s traditional roles that support Indigenous children in early learning programs.


NEW WEBINAR SERIES! Reconciliation and Indigenous Pedagogies in Early Learning and Child Care: Part 1 – Walking Together in Reconciliation

CMAS is pleased to present an opportunity for CNC staff to learn about Canada's Indigenous peoples' history, knowledge and pedagogies while engaging in reconciliation. For this three-part webinar series, Elder Brenda Mason and Lori Huston, RECE, will join us to share Indigenous knowledge and stories from their perspectives, teachings and lived experiences.  In part 1 of this three-part series, we discuss the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, including two recommendations that are specifically related to the early learning sector: new Indigenous Education legislation and culturally appropriate Indigenous programs. This webinar and associated article support a deepening of our understanding of what it means to honour the knowledge and skills Indigenous children and families. 

NEW! CNC Webinar: Beyond Observation – Bringing Your Skills into Practice

In this CNC webinar, Ann Hutchings and Yusra Awad, from the Graybridge Malkam CNC program in Ottawa, join us to talk about why observation is so important, and how you can use your observations to develop child-centred programming that supports early learning and development. 

NEW! February Virtual Cafés


Coming Soon! Reconciliation and Indigenous Pedagogies in Early Learning and Child Care: CNC Webinar Series

CMAS is pleased to present an opportunity for CNC staff to learn about Canada’s Indigenous peoples’ history, knowledge and pedagogies while engaging in reconciliation.

Reconciliation is the responsibility of all Canadians. But how much do you know about the Truth and Reconciliation Council of Canada Calls to Action? 

Collaborating and creating space for Indigenous leadership in the early childhood sector is an important part of walking together in reconciliation. In this three-part webinar series, Elder Brenda Mason and Lori Huston, RECE, will share Indigenous knowledge and stories from their perspectives, teachings and lived experiences.

Check your email for the schedule and registration information or contact info@cmascanada.ca 

NOTE: These sessions are only open to CNC-funded programs that are working with CMAS. The following three webinar recordings will be added to the website’s Learning Centre by the end of the month.

Webinar 1: Walking Together in Reconciliation      

We will discuss the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, including two recommendations that are specifically related to the early learning sector: new Indigenous Education legislation and culturally appropriate Indigenous programs. This session will support a deepening of our understanding of what it means to honour the knowledge and skills Indigenous children and families.


Online security considerations for CNC staff and programs supporting families remotely

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Organizations are responsible for managing their own online presence. Given that security risks can arise through the use of various online platforms and practices, we encourage you to carefully consider what works best to meet your organizational needs. To bring this important issue to the forefront, in December, we provided you with two important documents to support your CNC team in delivering safe and secure online supports: The Importance of Secure, Safe, and Professional Online Interactions, and Online Interactions Considerations Checklist. We are also hosting Virtual Cafés on online security to raise awareness and help identify measures to help keep yourself, your organization, and your CNC families safe. If you are offering online supports and/or services for children, we encourage you to attend a session.


NEW! January Virtual Cafés

To support CNC professional development, share promising practices, and provide opportunities for CNC programs to connect, Virtual Cafés have started up again this month. 

January topics will include:

  • NEW! Effective Communication with Parents                 
  • NEW! Self-Care for CNC Staff                                      
  • NEW! How does your CNC team support parents?   
  • NEW! Monthly SDR Session: Supporting your team while working remotely   
  • NEW! Program-to-Program: An Interview with NYCH – How one CNC program uses technology to connect with parents
  • NEW! Program-to-Program: An interview with JIAS: How one program uses social media to promote and encourage their programming
  • NEW! Responding to Children’s Fear
  • NEW! The Science of Resilience
  • NEW! Program-to-Program: Red River College Shares Ideas for Child-Centred CNC
  • NEW! Supporting Newcomer Parents Who Have Children With Special Needs
  • NEW! Webinar: Beyond Observation; Bringing Your Skills into Practice
  • Program-to-Program – Nursery Rhymes with Ivanka  
  • Virtual Security and Safety for CNC Staff                         
  • Virtual Security and Safety for CNC Administrators        

Check your email for the schedule and registration information or contact info@cmascanada.ca.

Note that these sessions are only open to CNC-funded programs that are working with CMAS.


NEW! French tutorials now available

To better serve our French programs, three new tutorials are now available in French:

  • 10 Simple Ways to Encourage Language in Newcomer Children
  • 3 Simple Visuals For Every CNC Program
  • How Your Early Learning Environment Impacts Behaviour

You can find them in the Learning Centre.