News from FRP Canada
In December 2012, the Canadian Paediatric Society published a short commentary titled The promise of the early years: How long should children wait?
(downloadable from the CPS website
), that makes a compelling case for investment in the early years. The commentary calls for the “interdisciplinary cooperation and conversation” amongst many sectors that touch the lives of children and their families. Unfortunately the family resource sector was not named.
This omission was respectfully pointed out to them in a letter from the Executive Director of FRP Canada, Janice MacAulay, which was published in the current issue of Paediatrics and Child Health, together with a gracious response from the first author of the commentary, Dr. Robin Williams. Dr. Williams’ response included the statement “The rich landscape of family resources available across this country (eg, Parentlink centres, Early Years Centres, etc.) are significant contributors to the supports that families require. “
Policy Paper from FRP Canada
How Canada’s family resource programs contribute to integrated early childhood and family support systems
This paper is a response to the Early Years Study 3
, authored by Margaret Norrie McCain, J. Fraser Mustard and Kerry McCuaig, that advocates for the creation of integrated systems of support for young children and their families across Canada. The proposed early child development and parenting centres would combine child care, pre-school and parenting supports “from pregnancy on” into “a single accessible early childhood program.”
Membership renewal invoices were sent by mail the end of January. To help you remember the package, it also contained a copy of Stories from the Field, featuring articles on Facilitating Nobody's Perfect in a Prison Setting and Saving for Children's Education. Thank you to all who have already renewed. Renewal reminders will be sent by email in early April.
Positive Discipline training
. Three-day facilitator training in Positive Discipline: What it is and how to do it
will take place in Renfrew, Ontario June 4 to June 6, 2013. Registration costs $160 ($80 for to second person from the same organization) and is limited to 20 people. Click for more information
Advice You Didn't Ask For
No matter how you choose to bring up your children, there will always be people who think you should be doing things differently. Some of those people will be quick to give you their opinion, even if you didn't ask for it . . . . .
FRP Canada Conference, Family Well-being
April 23-26, 2013, Hilton Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, QC
Pack your dancing shoes, and don’t miss the Magic of Play at this year’s conference. There will be games, prizes, good food, some dance instruction and lots of high-stepping fun.
Information has recently been posted on www.frp.ca/2013Venue
about travel discounts with VIA Rail Canada, Poter Airlines and Westjet.
Due to requests for more time to get things organized, we have extended the members' early-bird deadline to March 22. Online registration
will be open until April 18.
You will not be asked to register for specific sessions. Review the conference program at www.frp.ca/2013ConferenceProgram
to plan your days.
Applications are being accepted for Exhibitors (non-profit and commercial) and Program Showcase (free for members) tables. See www.frp.ca/Exhibits
Rooms are still available at the preferred conference rates at the conference hotel, the Hilton Lac-Leamy, but they are going fast. Reserve your room soon. Reserve your room
soon. The conference rates start at $165 until March 25, 2013, subject to availability.
Additions to ParentsMatter.ca
New links to parenting sites and resource material continue to be added to ParentsMatter.ca, FRP Canada's site for parents and those supporting them.
Inclusion on this site is based on its relevancy to Canadian parents and on how much of the information is made freely available.
Additions since December include:
Check out these links, and many more on www.ParentsMatter.ca
HANDS UP for Health and Physical Literacy video series
Ophea (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association) has developed a three part illustrated video series that will teach children and youth about the importance of physical and health literacy, leading them towards healthy active living. http://www.ophea.net/product/hands-health-and-physical-literacy
Executive functioning in young children – parent resource sheet
Cognitive Stimulation (executive functions) – Help your child think before acting is the latest Key Message for Parents from the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD). http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/en-ca/cognitive-stimulation-executive-functions-children/key-messages.html?GCId=40
24 hr Cribside Assistance an online manual for new dads
Developed for dads, by dads, to educate and support Dads in the prenatal and post-partum period Adapted from the ‘24 HR Cribside Assistance New Baby Manual for Dads’ from the Region of Peel, it's a project of the Father Involvement Initiative – Ontario Network http://www.newdadmanual.ca/
From Tiny Tot to Toddler
There has been a major revision of this practical guide for parents, from pregnancy to age two. It is given to all Quebec parents during pregnancy, and is also available to download from www.inspq.qc.ca/tinytot
, or to purchase in bookstores or through Les Publications du Québec
Best Start Resource on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Families
The focus of Welcoming and Celebrating Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Families From Preconception to Preschool
is on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, as they apply to preconception, prenatal and child health. http://www.beststart.org/resources/howto/index.html
March 26, 2013
, Vancouver, BC. Scaling High Impact
A free symposium for not?for-profit agencies committed to navigating social and economic change and strategic philanthropists.
To register http://cgi.sfu.ca/~hccweb/cgi-bin/OnlineRegistration/site/event/detail.php?id=627
For more information http://hippycanada.ca/downloads/Scaling%20High%20Impact%20evite%20copy%202013-03-01.pdf
April 5 & 6, 2013
, 15th Annual CHANGE Early Learning and Child Care Conference, Brantford ON http://www.eycbrant.ca/?q=agencies/ontario-early-years-centre-brant/change-conference
April 12 & 13, 2013
, Parent-Child Mother Goose Program Teacher Training Workshop, Toronto ON http://www.nationalpcmgp.ca/workshop.htm#on
April 14-17, 2013
, Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) 2013 National Conference, Making Children and Families a Priority: Raising the Bar,
Washington DC https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=CWLA&WebCode=2013NC
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 22, 2013
, Strategies for Working with Young Fathers workshop, Mississauga ON www.dadcentral.ca/strategies_working_fathers
April 22-26, 2013
, FRP Canada National Conference, Family Well-being
, Hilton Lac Leamy, Gatineau, QC. www.frp.ca/conference2013
April 24 & 25, 2013
, Champions for Children and Youth 2013 B.C. Summit: A National Conference on Keeping Kids Safe and Connected
, Vancouver BC http://www.rcy2013summit.com/
May 7, 2013
, PREVNet's 7th Annual Conference, It's Everybody's Role to Promote Mental Health and Prevent Bullying
, Toronto ON http://prevnet.ca
May 9, 2013
, Family Issues Specialist Lundy Bancroft, sponsored by the Stop Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee Perth County ON, Stratford Ontario. Registration fee $75. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
May 14-15, 2013
, Bringing Children in from the Margins
. Symposium on child rights impact assessment, Ottawa ON. Organized by UNICEF Canada, Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, New Brunswick Office of the Child and Youth Advocate and University of Ottawa - Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child. Info: http://www.unicef.ca/en/article/child-rights-impact-assessment-symposium
June 4-6, 2013
, Positive Discipline: What it is and how to do it
Facilitator Training, Best Western Inn & Conference Centre, Renfrew ON. Registration fee: $160 ($80 for second person from the same organization). For more information go to www.frp.ca/PDTrainingRenfrew
June 25-28, 2013
, Child and Youth Care World Conference, Connecting at the Crossroads
, St. John’s NL www.cycworld2013.net
July 24-28, 2013
, Brain Development and Learning Conference, Making Sense of the Science
, Vancouver BC http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/BDL2013/
Governing motherhood: Who pays and who profits?
Report from the CCPA Nova Scotia office states that "if policy makers are truly interested in improving child health and welfare, more needs to be done to address the problems faced by families comprehensively and structurally; not only in terms of training individual mothers to behave in particular, culturally defined ways". http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/governing-motherhood
Trained treasurers seeking charities to serve on
Does your board of directors need an accounting professional? Every board should have one. PWC & Altruvest have begun to prepare 200 PwC staffers across Canada for the role of treasurer and match them with suitable charities in their communities. http://www.altruvest.org/boardmatch/