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Facilitator Resources and Sites

Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families (AASCF)
AASCF works to strengthen member agencies and promotes attitudes, practices and conditions that contribute to quality services for vulnerable children and families. The website provides an extensive training section, provincial, national and international workshops, seminars and conferences, current articles & reports and a comprehensive list of grants available.  

Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research
A list of online resources for parents, practitioners and policy makers to support the development of preschool children.  

Alberta Network for Safe and Healthy Children
Features a set of audio resources on early parenting for immigrant and refugee families who face literacy challenges in their own language. This series of brief recordings (Chinese Mandarin, Euro French, Somali, Spanish, Sudanese Arabic) provides basic information about having a baby, becoming a parent, and caring for a young child.  

Attachment Across Cultures, Public Health Agency of Canada   

Be a Great Dad - Facilitator Training Manual, Families Matter Society, Calgary AB
This manual is intended for organizations and facilitators interested in setting up this five-session course for fathers. Please visit for information on cost and ordering. 

Best Start - Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Childhood Development Resource Centre
The online resource section for service providers has downloadable pre- and post-natal material on such topics as abuse/alcohol and pregnancy, breastfeeding, postpartum mood disorders and more. Some resources are available in multiple languages.  

Canadian Action Network for the Advancement, Dissemination and Adoption of Practice-Informed Tobacco Treatment - guideline for pregnant and breastfeeding women

CAN-ADAPTT is a smoking cessation clinical practice guideline and knowledge exchange network for health care providers, researchers and policy makers across Canada. The guideline includes 5 sections on smoking cessation interventions for specific populations - the link above focuses on Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women.

Canadian Child Care Federation
CCCF offers free new resources and workshop handbooks to help child care practitioners build strong partnerships with families.

Caring for Kids New to Canada
This website, from the Canadian Paediatric Society, is intended for health professionals working with immigrant and refugee children and youth. It helps health care providers understand how culture affects health, and what they can do to provide more culturally sensitive care.

Center on the Developing Child,  Harvard University
The Center generates, translates, and applies knowledge in the service of improving life outcomes for children in the United States and throughout the world. The website is composed of five broad topic areas - science of early childhood, understanding intervention, innovation, global child development, and foundations of lifelong health.

Correctional Service Canada - Victim Services
Information for victims of offenders as well as resources relating to family and domestic violence.  

Early Learning Prevents Youth Violence, Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Developement
This report highlights the importance of early intervention in reducing agressive behaviour and helping every child reach his or her full potential.  

Effective Co-Parenting - Putting Kids First  - additional assessment resources
With support from the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS), this program has been adapted to include a unique resource - a client intake assessment for facilitator use as well as six co-parenting tip sheets for use by families experiencing separation/divorce. The tip sheets are available in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Swahili and Arabic. The Effective Co-parenting program can be found on the Making Choices Parenting Program Inventory.  

Friends and Neighbours Club (F.A.N. Club),  Phoenix Centre for Children and Families
The F.A.N. Club is a unique Canadian prevention program which responds to the increasing need for dialogue with children and the serious social problems facing them today.  Please visit for more information on cost and ordering.

Handbook of Language and Literacy Development:  A Roadmap from 0 to 60 Months, Canadian Language & Literacy Research Network
An evidence-based reference and guide for researchers, parents, and caregivers to the milestones for children's development in the areas of:  Auditory, Narrative, Reading, Speech-Language, Spelling and Writing, Social-Emotional, Vision, Computer Use, Children's Literature and Numeracy.  

Health Nexus
Health Nexus, formerly the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse, assists organizations and individuals in developing and implementing prevention and health promotion strategies within three main areas of focus: early child development, chronic disease prevention and health equity (inclusion).  

Healthy Start for Mom & Me
A Winnipeg-based prenatal and postnatal outreach program, Healthy Start for Mom & Me has created a unique series of parenting and pregnancy posters. Available for purchase in both English and French.  

Hincks-Dellcrest Centre
A children's mental health treatment, research and teaching centre. Resources and training opportunities for those who work with children, youth and adults in the area of mental health.

Inuit prenatal guide
Pregnancy Stories: A Guide for Expecting Inuit Moms and Dads is part of Inuit Health Matters, an initiative of which aims to improve maternal and child health in the north using stories and illustration.

Language and Literacy From Birth…For Life resource kit, Canadian Child Care Federation

Mothers in Mind (MIM)
Created by the Child Development Institute, Mothers in Mind is a mother and child program specifically designed to meet the parenting needs of mothers who have experienced family violence, childhood abuse, neglect or sexual assault, and have children under the age of four. The site includes section for professionals with information about referring clients to MIM, FAQs, and how to become a program affiliate.

NEW  Mothers' Mental Health Toolkit, IWK Health Centre

This toolkit was developed as a public resource for community service providers and families for education, advocacy, and treatment support for mothers with mental health problems.

My Daddy Matters Because... Toolkit, National Project Fund on Fathering

A tool for organizations to help build father capacity and to become more father inclusive in organizational practice and policy.

NEW  Nipissing District Developmental Screen (ndds)

ndds is an innovative developmental checklist available to healthcare or childcare professionals working with infants and children up to six years of age that proactively identifies problem areas in a child's development. Hard copy versions available - see pricing on website. Electronic version

Nobody's Perfect publication,  Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
PHAC has released an electronic version of "Feelings: Responding to Your Child’s Feelings" – a Nobody’s Perfect publication that is no longer available in print version.

Parenting Education Saskatchewan
Provides support and information to those facilitating or organizing parent support/education services.  Useful information for practitioners in general, relating to professional growth, trends, articles/books, FAQs.

Postpartum Support Model Manual, Families Matter Society, Calgary AB
This manual is intended for organizations and facilitators interested in setting up a support program for families struggling with postpartum issues. Please visit for information on cost and ordering. 

Reaching IN...Reaching OUT (RIRO)
RIRO, an evidence-based program that teaches resiliency thinking and coping skills to young children, offers training for practitioners working with children.

Red Flags Guide - Ottawa, Child and Youth Health Network of Eastern Ontario
This quick reference guide is intended to assist Early Years Professionals in determining whether there is a need to refer families or caregivers to seek out additional advice, screening, assessments and/or treatment for their child. Although this guide is particular to the Ottawa region, it provides relevant information for those in the sector and has been adapted for use in 14 other Ontario communities.  

Safe Sleep Environment Guideline - Infants 0-12 mos, Perinatal Services BC
The Safe Sleep Environment Guideline for Infants provides practitioners with information about infant safe sleep practices in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy (SUDI). 

Social and Emotional Development in the Early Years, multimedia resource tools
Developed by the BC Healthy Child Development Alliance for use by family support service providers and other facilitators, these tools help to raise awareness about the mental health needs of infants and toddlers. Materials include PowerPoint presentation, presenter guide, and tailored handouts for specific facilitator audiences.  

Thriving with Your Spirited Child, University of Wisconsin-Extension, USA
This curriculum, based on Mary Sheedy Kurcinka's Raising Your Spirited Child, was developed for parent educators to use when working with parents of spirited children.  

Together We Can: Creating a Healthy Future for our Family, Michigan State University Extension, USA
This curriculum consists of a series of downloadable lessons with the overall aim of improving co-parenting relationships of single parents.  

Well Beings: A Guide to Health in Child Care, 3rd ed., Canadian Paediatric Society
The guide is available for purchase from CPS; however, this links to an online companion featuring printable handouts, links to additional resources and information for sharing with families.  

When Compassion Hurts - Burnout, Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Trauma in Prenatal and Early Childhood Service Providers,  Best Start
This manual for service providers explores burnout, vicarious trauma and secondary trauma. Topics include: definitions, the biology of stress and trauma, signs and symptoms, risk factors, protective factors, resilience and self-care, reflective practice and taking action.


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