FRP Canada is pleased to send this issue of Play and Parenting to you. As you will see, we have been very active with a wide range of projects and activities.
I hope to see many of you at FRP Canada's AGM on September 19. If you are able to be in Ottawa at 4:00 pm that day, please stop by to catch up on developments at your association, for a cup of tea and a chat. Members of the Board of Directors, myself and the rest of the FRP Canada staff would be very pleased to see you.
Janice MacAulay, Executive Director, FRP Canada
National Family Week
October 1-7, 2012
This year’s National Family Week theme, The Grandparent Connection, celebrates the role of the grandparent – as nurturer, caregiver, role model, historian and so much more.
Over the coming weeks, the web link www.frp.ca/nfw will offer ideas and activities, prepared announcements to use in your newsletters, a list of events across Canada and an order form for promotional items. See the NFW website >
Parent Resource Sheet
The Grandparent Connection
Building on the National Family Week theme, read the updated resource sheet on connecting with grandparents.
FRP Canada's e-Valuation system has undergone a complete renovation with improved web navigation, and an updated participant survey with many new options for users, including the opportunity to insert customized questions. Surveys can be generated in both official languages at the same time. The automatic reporting function is the system's most impressive feature.
If you have used the system before, you will not need to re-register. Just go to www.frp-evaluation.ca, log in with your email and e-Valuation password, and build your survey. There is a Users Guide to take you through the steps.
See the sidebar for information on a teleconference orientation to the system on October 4 for anyone who would appreciate a walk through before getting started.
Explore the system at frp-evaluation.ca >
FRP Canada Conference, Family Well-being
April 23-26, 2013, with the theme "Family Well-being", which sums up the goal of almost everything done in family support.
The conference will open on Tuesday evening with a reception where members can feature their programs in the Program Showcase
We have listened, and are providing more meals at the conference. Breakfasts and lunches will be included as well as a fantastic dinner at the Magic of Play. Reflecting this, registration will be $405 for FRP Canada members who register by the early bird deadline of January 31, 2013, $465 for those members registering after that date, and $495 for non-members. Online registration will open in early October.
The conference will be held at the beautiful Hilton Lac leamy, just minutes from downtown Ottawa. Reserve your room at the Hilton
at the conference rate of $165 per night.
Positive Discipline Training
Thanks to a new grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, facilitation training for Joan Durrant's Positive Discipline program will soon be available in Ontario. There has been a high level of excitement about this opportunity, since practitioners in our field are always interested in increasing their skills and knowledge and many are attracted by Positive Discipline's problem-solving approach. Read more >
In the second year of the Blueprint project, funded by Status of Women Canada, nine mentors in locations across Canada have been working closely with family support practitioners and participants, to enable women to develop the knowledge, skills and experience they require to take on greater decision-making and leadership roles in community-based organizations.
Warm relationships have developed and the work being done is as varied as the individuals involved. The outcomes from the project will be presented at the FRP Canada national conference in April 2013 where several of the participants will share their stories and experiences.
For more info and highlights as reported by some project participants read more >
Family Mental Health Project
Promoting Innovative Community-based Strategies in Mental Health
In March 2012, FRP Canada received funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for an 18 month project to increase the knowledge and sharing of promising practices currently being used by community-based family-serving programs in relation to mental health promotion of infants, children, youth and parents.
This project focuses on the general aspects of family mental health and how mental health can be supported by family-serving community organizations, both through formal programs and everyday practices.
In May, a national survey was disseminated which asked about work being done in promoting family mental health and about gaps in relation to mental health promotion (training and resources) in programs and staff training. Over 400 respondents provided a wealth of information.
To see more including examples of what the survey respondents had to say in the national survey and find out about the next phases of the project read more >
Mobilizing the Community, Investing in the Future
This project followed on the work of FutureSave which helped family-serving organizations spread the word about Education Savings through a series of workshops for parents. The goal of the project was to help build a collaborative community environment to assist families with modest income to make more informed choices about funding for post-secondary education and to access the Canada Learning Bond and Canada Savings Grant.
Facts & Resources for Families on Education Savings
, and the companion piece for those working with families, Guide for Education Savings
, are available to download. Hard copies of both guides were mailed to members in the spring of 2012 and a limited supply of the guide for parents is still available upon request. Read more >
Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC) Network
During the past few months, FRP Canada has made a number of new international and national connections which will expand our networks and provide the basis of increased impact as we advocate for the field of family support.
One new Canadian connection is a partnership with Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC) Network a newly-funded knowledge mobilization Centre of Excellence located at Dalhousie University. We have shared with CYCC information about what we in the field have learned about effective engagement of families and evaluating community programs. Learn more about CYCC at
UK Study shows child’s behavior is linked to father-infant interactions
According to new research, children whose fathers are more positively engaged with them at the age of three months have fewer behavioral problems at the age of twelve months. http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/Media-office/Press-releases/2012/WTVM055927.htm
Scottish Post-Partum Depression Survey
A PhD student at the University of Western Scotland is seeking mothers and fathers from three months of the pregnancy through to the end of the 1st year of the infant’s life to participate in an online survey concerning feelings and emotions and how they change during this period. From this she hopes to investigate how the father role impacts on a child's attachment status when the mum has Post-partum depression (PND). The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete and has ethical approval through the university. Survey website: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/96LL55H
Excellence in Paediatrics (EiP) Survey for Parents
EiP, an international paediatric community, is conducting a survey for parents that covers a number of topics of medical concern for parents. The survey link is www.research.net/s/Z8D6PH5 and is also available on our website www.parentsmatter.ca/EiPSurvey
until October. www.excellence-in-paediatrics.org
September 25, 2012, 1:30 - 3 pm Eastern and October 16, 2012, 10 - 11:30 am Eastern, Webinar: When Compassion Hurts: Burnout, Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Trauma in Prenatal and Early Childhood Service Providers, Best Start Resource Centre http://www.beststart.org/events/upcoming.html
September 27, 2012 ,Timmins, ON and October 4, 2012, Barrie, ON and October 25, 2012, Ottawa, ON Why am I Poor? First Nations Child Poverty in Ontario. How Service Providers Can Make A Difference , Best Start Resource Centre http://www.beststart.org/events/upcoming.html
September 27, Calgary, AB and September 28, 2012 Edmonton, AB, Alberta Breastfeeding Committee Breastfeeding and the Brain: Place Based Brain Building, with Dr. Jean Clinton and Dr. Robbin Gibb http://www.breastfeedingalberta.ca/index.php/events/conferences
October 2, 2012, FREE Infant Mental Health Rounds presentation, Executive Functioning, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto ON http://www.imhpromotion.ca/Events/IMHPEvents.aspx
October 15, 2012, Toronto, ON Take Your Temperment! Using Temperment as a Tool for Raising a Child's Self Awareness and Self-Acceptance, with Nanci Burns, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. To register www.hincksdellcrest.org/gai-focus
October 16, 2012, Nova Scotia Council for the Family, with Dr. Clyde Hertzman. Register by Sept. 27, 2012 at http://www.nscouncilfamily.org
October 24, 2012, HELP (Human Early Learning Partnership) Fall Research Expo, Vancouver BC http://earlylearning.ubc.ca/blog/2012/jun/20/save-date-helps-fall-research-expo-october-24-2012/
October 24, 25 & 26, 2012, Toronto, ON Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. To register www.hincksdellcrest.org/gai-focus
November 6, 2012, FREE Infant Mental Health Rounds presentation, Supporting Brain Development – Awareness Campaign Results, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto ON http://www.imhpromotion.ca/Events/IMHPEvents.aspx (scroll down)
November 8 & 9, 2012, Family Support Institute Ontario, Ramping Up For Change, conference for those working in the family support and early learning and care sectors, St. Paul's on Bloor, Toronto, Ontario.
Thursday: 6:30 panel "With Our Best Future in Mind: From Policy to Practice"
Friday: 8 am Registration, 9:15 Keynote "The Little Community that Could: Embracing Change" with Anne Gloger, Executive Director of The East Scarborough Storefront followed by 8 interactive workshops and lunch.
See www.fsio.ca/conference.html or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 19-20, 2012, Children’s Mental Health Ontario 40th Anniversary Conference, Partnering and Leading in Innovation and Transformation, Toronto ON http://www.kidsmentalhealth.ca/about_us/introduction.php
Jan. 17 & 18, Feb. 14 & 15, Mar. 5 & 6, 2013 Counselling Skills Level 1 Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. To register www.hincksdellcrest.org/gai-focus
February 6-8, 2013, Best Start Conference, Toronto ON http://www.beststart.org/events/2013/bsannualconf13/index.htm
April 16-17, 2013, Expanding Horizons for the Early Years 2013, Promoting Mental Health from Conception and Beyond, Toronto ON http://www.imhpromotion.ca/Events/ExpandingHorizonsfortheEarlyYears2013.aspx
April 23-26, 2013, FRP Canada national conference, Family Well-being, Hilton Lac Leamy, Gatineau, QC. www.frp.ca/conference2013
New website aims to prevent/reduce smoking among pregnant and postpartum women
The mission of the network for the Prevention of Gestational and Neonatal Exposure to Tobacco Smoke (PREGNETS) is to improve the health of moms and their babies by offering up-to-date information on smoking cessation practices for pregnant and postpartum women, a toolkit for health care providers, an anonymous Online Discussion Board and a personalized plan for quitting or reducing smoking. http://www.pregnets.org/
Best Start Resource Centre resource for those working with First Nations families
Supporting the Sacred Journey: From Preconception to Parenting for First Nations Families in Ontario was developed to help service providers who work with First Nations families understand some of the traditional teachings, barriers to practice and challenges facing First Nations people. The information can be used to ensure that evidenced-based practice is sensitive to cultural needs and practices. Donwload from
Canada's Children Summer 2012 is dedicated to child and youth mental health featuring articles from leading mental health academics, practitioners and policy makers, selected to stimulate reflection on current best practices and positive outcomes. Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC). Download the newsletter.
Best Start Resource Centre’s “Healthy Baby Healthy Brain” awareness campaign
The campaign, launching on October 3rd
, will focus on providing parents with information on important actions they can take to foster their baby’s brain development. http://www.beststart.org/healthybabyhealthybrain/index.html
A free webinar for service providers will offer background information on the campaign and tips on how to use the campaign materials in day-to-day programming. Sept 13th, 1 – 2 pm. To register: http://beststart.org/index_eng.html
Building Resilience in Young Children, Best Start Resource Centre
Booklet for parents of children from birth to six years and those to care for children. It's a resource to help boost a child's ability to bounce back from life's challenges and thrive. Free to download or to order a print version.
Non-English, non-French resources from Best Start Resource Centre at Health Nexus are available for free. You can browse through the resources here:
To order, contact Magali Bouhours at email@example.com