Sharing expertise in newcomer childcare and support settlement.

CMAS is Canada's leading organization that focuses on caring for newcomer children.

We take a great deal of pride in sharing our expertise with immigrant serving organizations and other organizations in the child care field.

We identify gaps in service and work to create solutions; establish and measure the standards of care; and support services for newcomer families through resources, training and consultations.

If you are looking for resources on caring for newcomer children, please visit our CNC site.

A Look Around the World – Cultural Celebrations

We live in a diverse world where children are exposed to many different people and experiences, and they begin to recognize these similarities and differences at very young ages. In CNC, it is important to help children understand and respect similarities and differences among people, and exploring these similarities and differences positively is a good place to start. And decisions about what holidays to celebrate are best made together by teachers, parents, and children! The world is immense, and there are nearly endless customs and cultures to explore. McCormick Centre for Early Childhood Leadership has highlighted (listed chronologically) four diverse cultural celebrations, and created a helpful infographic, for inspiration.

49 fun physical activities to do with kids

Children between 2-4 years old don’t only need a lot of movement, they also need a lot of variety of movement. So while it’s essential to make time for unstructured, active playtime, it’s also important to have access to plenty of fun, simple activities that you know will help them get active and develop skills in a variety of ways. This list of 49 fun activities for kids is the ultimate go-to for any playdate, home child care setting, or a morning or afternoon with a caregiver. Whatever the situation, short attention spans mean that it’s a good idea to have a few of these up your sleeve!

Toronto Youth Drop-In Programs: Summer in the 6IX

For many young people, the last 18 months have been extremely stressful. And after being isolated, youth are looking for opportunities to connect! In response, the City of Toronto reached out and asked us to spread the word about their Summer in the 6IX drop-in programs for Toronto youth.

25 Ways to Have Big Fun in Small Spaces

Small spaces don’t have to equal small fun! Here's a list of 25 ideas to share with parents to help them get the kids moving in small spaces.

Newcomer families’ experiences with programs and services to support early childhood development in Canada: A scoping review

It can be difficult for families with young children to navigate early childhood development supports. In particular, newcomer families often encounter additional barriers and require resources, programs, and services that are tailored to their unique assets, experiences, and needs. A team of researchers conducted a scoping review of the literature published between 2000 and 2019 to explore what is known about newcomer families’ experiences with programs and services to support early childhood development in Canada. Their report identifies common themes and the need for informed, meaningful and culturally relevant policies, programs, and services for newcomer families to support their children’s well-being.

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