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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.


VIRTUAL CAFÉ SESSIONS FOR December 7-10, 2020


Topics for these sessions include:

  • Importance of Virtual Security and Safety
  • Program-to-Program: Nursery Rhymes with Ivanka Gotcheva
  • Loose Parts and Open-ended Activities
  • Simple Science Activities: Ways to Bring Science into Your Program

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.


CMAS Webinar: Resolving Conflict at Work with Karen Minty

Do you know how different personality styles behave under stress? How does your team resolve conflict under stressful situations? Karen Minty explains the basic needs of each personality style, and appropriate strategies to deal with difficult behaviour to quickly diffuse situations and prevent further conflict in this Resolving Conflict at Work webinar.


VIRTUAL CAFÉ SESSIONS FOR NOVEMBER 23-December 3, 2020

Topics for these sessions include:

  • Importance of Virtual Security and Safety
  • Share your ideas: Tips for using Zoom
  • Share your ideas: Tips for using WhatsApp
  • Share your ideas: Tips for using YouTube
  • Share your ideas: Tips for Virtual Sessions with Children and Parents
  • Share your Ideas: Materials and activities to share with parents 
  • Loose Parts and Open-ended Activities
  • Storytelling: What’s Your Favourite Story?
  • Positive Guidance
  • Simple Science Activities: Ways to Bring Science into Your Program

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.


CNC Pandemic Response: The Importance of Connecting with Parents

COVID badgeThis tutorial has been developed in response to challenges faced by CNC programs during the pandemic. Public health directives that limit face-to-face interactions between CNC staff and parents during drop-off and pick-up each day may have a serious impact on our ability to have important conversations and moments of connection with families. Many parents are feeling anxious, so it’s more important than ever to find ways to connect and share important information. 
In the CNC Pandemic Response: The Importance of Connecting with Parents tutorial, you have an opportunity to explore why it is so important to connect with parents each day, and strategies to build relationships, connect and share information with parents - even when face-to-face interactions are limited. At the end of the tutorial, you’ll also find resources, a facilitator guide and added group discussion questions so that you can easily facilitate your own team training.