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Play & Parenting FRP Canada's newsletter www.frp.ca
                               Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs Spring 2012   
In this issue
FRP Canada News
Family Support: Stories from the Field Reaching Out and Giving Back, the first issue of a series or articles about work in the family support sector is now available.
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Members will soon receive a package in the mail, with several useful resources, including Stories from the Field.

Thanks to those who have renewed their membership.

For those who have not yet renewed for 2012-2013, a copy of the membership invoice is included in the package.

The Phoenix Centre is offering FRP Canada members group course fees for the online Welcome to Parenting. For more information, contact them at WTPmail@phoenixctr.com.

Conference News
FRP Canada 2012 Conference logo FRP Canada Conference
April 23-26, 2013

Hilton Lac-Leamy
Gatineau QC

Save the date and watch www.frp.ca/Conference2012 for updates.
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Celebrating Volunteers
During this annual Volunteer Week, April 15-21, 2012, we here at FRP Canada are thinking with gratitude about the enormous contribution made by many volunteers. Some examples of volunteering which have benefitted FRP Canada this year include:
  • Members of advisory committees provide input for several national projects.
  • The Endeavour Volunteer Consulting team analyzed opportunities for organizational improvements (see article below).
  • Rob Day, an HR consultant in Toronto, reviewed FRP Canada’s Personnel Policies and made recommendations for modifications.
  • The eight members of the Family Education Committee annually review applications for the Certified Canadian Family Educator designation.
We would like to give special mention to twelve very dedicated volunteers, the
FRP Canada Board of Directors. These individuals from across Canada contribute much effort and time to provide oversight for the organization and to guide FRP Canada’s priorities into the future. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered for FRP Canada to help us reach our goals.
e-Valuation e-Valuation
FRP Canada is delighted to announce the opening of the new and improved e-Valuation system, an online system developed to help family resource programs and other organizations that work with families to learn from the experiences of participants, staff members and volunteers. The e-Valuation system is one of your member benefits.

Since the e-Valuation system's launch in 2006, over 250 organizations across Canada have been able to access reports which help them with their planning and accountability requirements. During this time over 30,000 surveys have been completed by participants.

You are invited to explore the system. Go to  frp-evaluation >
Parent Resource SheetArticle 3
Limits Help Children Grow.
Have you ever told your children to stop doing something they want to do, like throwing their toys when they’re mad? Or ever asked them to start doing something they wouldn’t choose to do on their own, like washing their hands before eating? If so, you have set limits on your children’s behaviour.....
                                                                                                                           Download >
Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits
Last fall, FRP Canada was one of five fortunate non-profits that were chosen to work with Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-profits in Toronto.

For several months, staff and Board members from FRP Canada have worked with a dedicated team of seven volunteer consultants from Endeavour to look carefully at many aspects of FRP Canada’s activities in order to identify recommendations for increasing the organization’s impact and effectiveness. A number of FRP Canada members were kind enough to take part in telephone interviews.

The Endeavour team’s final report will be presented in April, and implementation of accepted recommendations will take place over the following months. For more information about Endeavour, visit 
                                                                                        www.endeavourvolunteer.ca >
National Family WeekArticle 5
October 1-7, 2012
This year’s theme is The Grandparent Connection / Les liens entre les générations. As Canada’s aging population becomes larger and more diverse, it is especially fitting to highlight the range of experiences associated with grandparenting. The NFW Event Planning Guide, prepared announcements for use in your own newsletters, as well as an order form for NFW promotional items are available now. Additional resources will continue to be posted over the coming weeks. See these on the
                                                                                   National Family Week web page >
May 1, 2012 Infant Mental Health Rounds, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario. "Improving Infant Mental health: One vaccination at a time". Rebecca Pillai Riddell Phd (CPsych), York University and Patricia Mousmanis MD CCFP FCFP, Ontario College of Family Physicians. For more information or to connect from a distance www.imhpromotion.ca/Events
May 4-5, 2012,  "Braiding our Resources" Conference. Early Childhood Development Association of PEI and Early Childhood Care and Education New Brunswick. Charlottetown PE. www.earlychildhooddevelopment.ca/node/9
May 6–8, 2012,  First National Family Mental Health Conference. First International Young Carers Congress, Third International World Congress on Children of Parents with Mental Illness, Vancouver, British Columbia. www.interprofessional.ubc.ca
May 9–11, 2012,  “Imagine Our Future,” Investing in the Early Years National Conference, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. imagineourfuture@fhhr.ca
May 30–June 1, 2012, Third National Symposium on Child and Youth Mental Health, National Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health Consortium. Calgary, Alberta. www.cwlc.ca
June 2012,  Four-part webinar series on the value of the United Nations Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children in child welfare policy and practice. Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC), UNICEF Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Contact Sharon George at sharon@cwlc.ca
June 5-6, 2012,  International Conference “Models of Early Childhood Services”. Montreal, Quebec. http://www.excellence-earlychildhood.ca/news.asp?lang=EN&menu=noMenu&doc=134
June 15, 2012,  Submission deadline for the Canadian Paediatric Society's "Healthy kids, happy kids!" national art contest for Canadian children and youth. Early bird deadline is May 5. www.cps.ca/English/healthcentres/ArtContest.htm
August 20-24, 2012, Trainer "Intensive" for BOUNCE BACK & THRIVE!, a new resiliency skills training for parents of children under eight. Toronto, Ontario. Free training - two spots per province reserved until May 15. More information at www.reachinginreachingout.com/becometrainer.htm
November 8,9, 2012, Family Support Institute Ontario conference for those working in the family suppport sector, Toronto, Ontario. For more information contact info@fsio.ca.
                                                                                                             More information >
www.beststart.org/resources/alc_reduction/index.html Aboriginal Pregnancy and Alcohol brochure from Best Start, Health Nexus Ontario.   Read more >
www.csep.ca/guidelines Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and ParticipACTION on physical activity for children aged 0-4 years.    Read more >
www.preventiveoz.org Child temperament website from The Preventive Ounze.                                                                                                                                  Read more >
www.excellence-earlychildhood.ca 10 X 10: 100 Reasons to Celebrate ECD Research in Canada from The Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) and the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Childhood Development (SKC-ECD)    Read more >
www.earlyyearsstudy.ca Early Years Study 3 available for download.  Read more >
www.frp.ca/mobilize  Education Savings resources for parents and practitioners from FRP Canada. Facts & Resources for Families on Education Savings for parents and the companion piece Guide to Education Savings for those working with families.    Read more >
www.GetInvoved.ca - a powerful matching tool by TVO, Volunteer Canada and Manulife Financial to connect individuals and organizations.     Read more >
www.child-encyclopedia.com look under "Key Messages"
Two new Key Messages from the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD): Divorce and Separation: Paying attention to your child's needs and Emotions: Helping your child identify and express feelingsRead more >
www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca  Making your home healthier for kids from Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health & Environment.    Read more >
www.beststart.org/OnTrack_English/ Supporting Healthy Child Development and Early Identification in the Early Years: A Reference Guide for Professionals in Ontario from Best Start, Health Nexus Ontario.    Read more >
www.childhealthbc.ca/bchcda   Social and Emotional Development in the Early Years – multimedia resource tools from the BC Healthy Child Development Alliance    Read more >
www.nacy.ca  SuperSearch function from National Alliance for Children and Youth. Search through child and youth sector and other relevant websites using just one tool. Add your website.   Read more >
What is a family resource program? - new videos
www.youtube.com/frpbc BC Association of Family Resource Programs .
www.mofp.org Marpole Oakridge Family Place, BC.    Read more >


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