We have all had a very busy fall with programs starting up again, workshops, and some new and exciting programs and services.
There has been a great deal of activity and progress on both the North Shore Early Years Implementation Project. This is the community implementation of recommendations from the EDI data from Wave 5 from a study completed in 2015. The study focuses on supports for families in five key North Shore neighbourhoods. This project has about two more years to establish initiatives and Jane White, the Coordinator, is taking it forward.
In cooperation with the Implementation project noted above, the North Shore Early Years Centre project, awarded this spring, is working with the Implementation project to have sustainable programs and neighbourhood “hubs” ongoing in the five neighbourhoods which will benefit the North Shore as a whole.
Another recent program, thanks to funding from the 2016 District of North Vancouver Child Care grant, is the pilot of a Mother Goose program at Lynn Valley Care Centre – a senior’s residential care facility. This is being done in partnership with the District of North Vancouver library. NSCR and the library provide the two facilitators for the program and Lynn Valley Care Centre provide the space, refreshments and the senior participants. As this newsletter goes out, we will have completed the first 10 week session. From the first week, the reviews of all participating were very positive.
North Shore Community Resources Society is in the process of finalizing its agency Strategic Plan. This has meant a thoughtful review of the agency programs, mission, and vision to ensure that we are providing the best service we can and open to new opportunities that fit with our community expertise and support the North Shore to thrive.
We are coming up to a time of Christmas, New Year’s and various winter celebrations. Whatever you celebrate, I hope that you are surrounded by friends and family and have some relaxing time to reflect on the fine work you have done for North Shore families.
I wish everyone good health and every happiness in the New Year and look forward to our continued work together in 2017.
Support NSCR: Deadline for Tax-Deductable Giving
NSCR relies on financial support from the community for program support. You can provide your donation securely by credit card and interact through Canada Helps at https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/10605. You can also donate by cheque via traditional mail or with cash in person at our office.
Contribute by December 31, 2016 to receive your charitable donation receipt for the 2016 tax year. (Letters post-marked that date will be valid.)
CRA#11906 1273 RR0001.
For more information, contact Nancy Hollstedt by emailor by telephone at (604) 982-3311.
Please note: the North Shore Community Resources office will be closed as of the end of the day, Friday, December 23, 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3,2017.
NSCR 2016 Annual Report
The 2016 NSCR Annual Report provides detailed information about NSCR's mandate and its core programs including programming for children, seniors, information and referral, volunteering and legal services.Look for information about NSCR's impact and inspiration behind what we do. Click HERE to read.
TITLE: Qmunity - LGBQT DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm PRESENTER: Joel Harnest
BIO: Joel is passionate about building positive social change in communities historically under-served and under-represented in media, politics, and other institutions of power. The best way to do this? In the power of stories: by sharing his own, while creating space for others to feel confident and safe enough to share theirs. An open exchange of ideas, shared with humility and in the true spirit of collaboration and consensus-building are the greatest assets we have at our disposal in working towards creating space for people from all walks of life to feel fully human: respected, dignified and valued. In his role at QMUNITY, Joel is a skilled facilitator with over 10 years of experience, facilitating over 80 workshops each year with service providers, health care practitioners, educators and business leaders, building their capacity to be queer and trans inclusive.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:Working with LGBTQ2S Families and Gender-Variant Children. Are you interested in building safe, inclusive environments for your organization’s LGBTQ/2S members? Do you want to develop your understanding, language, and skills to better support LGBTQ/2S folk in your work or personal life? Queer Competency Trainings are experiential workshops to help you understand the complexity, fluidity and potential of sexual and gender diversity and to make your organization more inclusive for queer, trans, and Two-Spirit clients and staff.TITLE:Ukelele Fun DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm PRESENTER: Graham Walker
BIO: Graham Walker Graham Walker is a children’s musician, with many years of teaching kids and adults the joy of making simple music together.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:This workshop is designed to quickly give 'non-musical' teachers the ability to learn and play ukuleles, and use them in their classes. We will learn some easy chords, how to play a scale, and practice singing simple kid’s songs together. We’ll also learn how to keep time and play a regular strum pattern and play ‘in time’ with the beat. Using coloured stickers on the use, and colours matched on the song sheets, it’s just a matter of a little practice, and you’ll soon be having lots of fun.TITLE:How starting small can change our communities! DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm PRESENTER: Sarah McCarthy
BIO:Sarah McCarthyhas a Bachelor of Science in Education and Training, a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Montessori (0-12 years), and a certificate for Children with Special needs. Sarah has been in the educational field for over 15 years. She has taught in Reggio preschools, Play-based centers, Montessori schools, and was an Early-Childhood Coordinator and Instructor for Sprott Shaw College.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: As Early-Childhood Educators we need to remember that we need to connect with communities and give back. Humanity starts small; children are loving, caring, and extremely empathetic. Communities are hurting and I think centers need to connect more to them. Children need exposure to the realities that surround them. They also need to learn to connect and be kind. The aim of my workshop is to facilitate a discussion on the importance of starting small and creating community in the classroom and connecting outside of the center.
Understand that community begins in the classroom
Explore ways to connect to our communities
Discuss the benefits of intergenerational activities
Integrate social justice in the early childhood education
Investigate what ‘democracy’ looks like in a classroom
TITLE: Building Relationships and Parent Engagement DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm PRESENTER: Kim Pender
BIO: Kim has been working in the Child Care field for over 29 years. She has worked with infants, toddlers, children who require extra supports and teenagers who are pregnant and/or parenting. She has her Early Childhood Education Diploma and is currently working in Child Care as an Early Years Manager in Vancouver.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: In this interactive workshop we will explore the benefits of building relationships with the families we work with. We will develop strategies on how to engage families to strengthen our dialogues and foster the relationships. A tip sheet will be provided with some ideas for supporting ongoing family involvement.TITLE: Tall Tales and Silly Songs DATE & TIME: Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm PRESENTER: Sonia Garrett
BIO: Sonia Garrett has lived and worked on four continents, Europe, Australia, Africa, and North America. Throughout her travels she has worked with young children and expended her collection of stories. Sonia has a BA (Hons) in English and Drama from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England; a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education from Goldsmith’s College, University of London; an International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy from the Montessori Centre International, London, England, and an ECE from Douglas College, Vancouver. She now lives in North Vancouver and teaches in the Pre-school and Kindergarten program at North Star Montessori. She is a published poet, an executive member of the North Shore Writers Association, and a member of the Vancouver Society of Storytellers.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Tall Tales an Silly Songs is a fun, participatory workshop. We will explore the ‘how, what, why and when’ of incorporating stories and songs into our work. Sonia will share from her experience as an oral storyteller and ECE professional, and encourage participants to do the same. The aim is that each person will complete the workshop with some new ideas to enliven and reinvigorate circle times, book corners, outdoor activities and other parts of our work life.TITLE: Meeting Your Difficult Emotions With Understanding: Using The Work of Byron Katie DATE & TIME: Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm PRESENTER: Tania Fierro, MA
BIO: Tania Fierro, MA is the founding partner at the Innerland Institute. She is a speaker, counselor, coach, facilitator, management consultant, trainer, Olympic athlete, and transformation specialist; she offers clients a deeply compassionate, razor-sharp awareness to get to the crux of any situation. Together she travels through our most fearful and painful beliefs allowing for profound transformation and clear course of action. There is no situation, emotion or thought that Inquiry can't hold and she invites us not to believe her and to try it for ourselves. Tania is a Certified Counselor by the American Philosophical Practitioners Association, a Certified Facilitator and trainer for The Work of Byron Katie, and serves as the Director for the Worldwide Institute for The Work of Byron Katie. She holds bachelors and master`s degrees in philosophy and ethics`, and has 20 years of experience supporting individuals within organizations in questioning and undoing the repetitive, stressful patterns that cause suffering in their lives.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Difficult emotions are alarm clocks that ask for attention in order to identify what are the beliefs, assumptions and perceptions we have about ourselves and others. Is the problem your emotions or your beliefs about them? Do you tell stories about what they mean to you and about you? The Work is Inquiry: Four questions and turnarounds that can access a deeper truth at the other side of our difficult emotions.
How To Register For Our Workshops
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To subscribe, contact Fariba Aghdassi at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 604-982-3314. When your subscription is processed, you will be notified to go online and register as a CCRR Program Subscriber.
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Below is information on a book on happiness available for borrowing from our library:
Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for more joyful kids and happier parents by Christine Carter, PhD
This is the parenting book, the one to read over and over: so much wisdom and empathy, all based in real science.
What do we wish most for our children?? Next to being healthy, we want them to be happy, of course!
This book provides practical tips and suggestions how to do that.
Drawing on what psychology, sociology, and neuroscience have proven about confidence, gratefulness, and optimism, and using her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures as a mom, Christine Carter, PhD., a sociologist for UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Centre, introduces 10 key steps to help you set the stage for your children’s happiness into their adolescence and beyond. Inside this book you will find
The best way to avoid raising a brat-changing bad habits into good ones
The trap of trying to be perfect-and how to stay clear of its pitfalls
The right way to praise kids-and why too much of the wrong kind can be just as bad as not enough
The spirit of kindness-how to raise kind, compassionate, and loving children
Strategies for inspiring kids to become more self-motivated
Financial Information for Families
Below are some financial information to assist parents and families in planning for the future of their children’s post-secondary education.
Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)
One of the ways you can start to save for your child’s post-secondary education is through an education savings plan. A Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is a savings account that parents can open at a bank, credit union or certified financial planners. It allows parents to contribute towards their child’s university education. The savings are tax-free until the child is ready to attend full-time university. Parents, guardians, grandparents, other relatives or friends can open a RESP for a child.
Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG)
In addition when you contribute to an RESP for your child, you might be eligible for a matching grant from the federal government, depending on your family income level. The government grant is 20% of the first $2,500 contributed by you each year. This is $500 per year, per child up to age 17, to a maximum of $8,500 in a child’s lifetime. This means that for every $2,500 that you contribute towards this savings plan per year, the federal government will match it by $500 per year.
For more information on RESP and CESG, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website at: www.cra-arc.gc.ca
BC Training & Education Savings Grant
When you open a RESP for your child, you can apply for a $1,200 grant called the BC Training & Education Savings Grant from the Government of BC. The criteria are:
Your child is born in 2006 or later
Both child and parent must be a resident of BC
Your child is named as the beneficiary of the RESP opened
Canada Learning Bond
The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money that the Government of Canada deposits directly into a child's Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) account to help parents get a head start on saving for their child's education after high school.
If your child was born 2004 or later and your net family income is less than $45,000, your child may be eligible to receive up to $2,000 until your child turns 15.
Information on our Library
The Child Care Resource Program's library is designed to encourage a richly diverse learning environment. We have dramatic play, story, and science displays to help stimulate ideas for parents, child care providers, teachers, and students.
We have over 2000 books, videos and equipment on a variety of topics related to Early Childhood Education, Child Care Programming, Child Development, Parenting, and children’s books.
The library is divided into various categories including books on parenting.
Parenting (code PAR)-this is a large group of books covering all kinds of parenting issues from babyhood to teenage. This is a good place to browse for general information and for help with specific problems.
We also have Information Packages (Resource kits) on a variety of topics such as separation, anxiety, sleep problems, temper tantrums, self- esteem, new baby, etc. Each package includes a variety of articles as well as children’s books related to the topic.
We also have many books for children-From toddlers to teens.
Resources are available for loan, no charge, to all subscribers of the Child Care Resource & Referral Program.
To subscribe please contact Fariba Aghdassi.
Phone (direct line): 604-982-3314
Or you can call our office at 604-985-7138.
Articles & Resources
Activities for Winter
Check out these fun activities found on Pinterest HERE.
For your interest, below is information regarding a job training grant and wage subsidy program:
The Canada-BC Job Grant (training grant)
For non-profit child care operators
For employers wishing to train up an employee (Employers receive up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant per fiscal year, and up to a maximum of $15,000 per participant per fiscal year for the new Unemployed Stream. Employers must contribute at least one-third to the cost of training, with the exception of the Unemployed stream)
Delivery organization (Bowman) help applicants develop application materials and navigate the process (no fee is required)—contact them if you have questions about the program.
Child Care Operating Funding Program
Announcements & Events
Mother Goose Resumes on January 9th
Administrator's Network Meeting
This meeting is for group childcare providers on the North Shore to meet and network and share ideas. This is in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health Childcare Licensing team. Please join us at our next meeting:
Date: February 22, 2017 Time: 11:30 am-1:30 pm Location: 203-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
The North Shore Pre-Teen Conference is an annual event that has been designed to provide pre-teens in grades 6 and 7 with the concepts, motivation, and strategies to be agents of positive change in their school, family, and community. At the conference the preteens work on strategies to take a leadership role in creating a North Shore that is safer, more respectful, inclusive, cooperative, and environmentally friendly.
The day was made up of interactive workshops, large and small group activities, and opportunities to reflect and problem solve.
We are looking forward to another great event in April 2017. Check out the Connectforkids.ca website in the New Year for more information and registration for the April 2017
Standing Strong Together: The Importance of ECEBC Membership
The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), established in 1969, is a charitable organization that strives to advance the work, education, and value in of early care and learning and the educators that work in the sector.
ECEBC represents over 1000 Early Childhood Educators in the province. Our members include, child care providers who hold a certificate to practice granted by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, ECE students, Administrative Directors, ECE Instructors and other professionals who work in closely related fields.
ECEBC provides many membership benefits, including
Canadian Child Care Federation membership
Discounted rates for all education programs such as the ECEBC Annual Conference, Lets Talk, Best Choice: Ethical Journey Training, Online Training, ect.
Bi-monthly membership calls
Access to an extended benefits package through Health Source Plus
Access to 2 professional journals: ECEBC’s - The Early Childhood Educator and CCCF’s – Interaction.
As a member, you have the opportunity be part of a local branch which are operated by ECEBC members and located throughout BC. Branch meetings provide members with opportunities to network, access support, be part of a larger group to explore and grow within the profession.
The biggest benefit…Is you.
ECEBC sees the most valuable part of membership is YOU! The power and strength of a collective voice unites our profession, and allows the provincial organization to speak on your behalf with confidence. Membership provides the necessary resources to develop research and evidence, and strengthen the understanding of the early years and the importance of investing in the sector. For further information contact any of our team or visit our website.
iPALs Program in on the North Shore: Early Literacy Support
“Learning through Play”
"My daughter Tsumugi started pointing out STOP sign on the street and tried to read it after she made the sign in an activity station of an iPALs session," said Saiko Tachibana, mother of Tsumugi and one of the participating families in the 2016 iPALs (Parents as Literacy Supporters) program in North Vancouver.
In the “Print in Community” session, the second of the 8-week program, Tsumugi was also eager to explore roadways in the community road map with her mother, and the mother explained what the road signs meant as instructed by a facilitator of the session. Door Hanger Making, Story Book Station with big pillows and Journal Writing were also included in the fun activities of session 2.
The iPALs program, fully funded by the federal government through Decoda Literacy Solutions, was designed to help parents support learning to read and write for children 3-5 years old. The North Shore Multicultural Society delivers the program for the North Vancouver community in partnership with North Vancouver School District.
Other themes of the iPALs program include “Learning to Read,” “Learning to Write,” “Linking Early Literacy to Play,” and “Early Math”. Through activities using play dough, blocks, alphabet fishing game, puzzles, sand, shaving cream, and stickers, the preschoolers learn letter recognition/formation, letter-sound linking and early math concepts, which are foundations for early literacy.
"Tsumugi asked me to read take-home books such as Pete the Cat at the beginning, and tried to read the books by herself afterwards. She also likes to play with take-home toys such as wooden traffic signs and alphabet magnet, and often takes them to sleep with her," said Saiko. She added, "We’ve been in Canada only for a year, and my daughter was very shy to speak in English. My daughter gained a lot of confidence from this program, and I got to know how to support and encourage her."
The iPALs programruns once a year, each fall for the North Vancouver School District.
It also runs in the fall in the West Vancouver School District, run by the West Vancouver School District.
Provincial Early Years Survey: Shortened to 15 Minutes
They want to hear what you have to say!
At the start of a new BC initiative (called Appetite to Play) researchers at UVic and UBC are conducting a BC wide Provincial Early Years Survey to find out about what is currently happening in licensed group child care environments for 3-5 year olds. You have likely received information about the survey and a link for the Manager or Staff survey from us, your Licensing Officer, or your manager. Based on your feedback the research team has now SHORTENED the survey. Each survey now only takes 15 minutes to complete. If you haven’t already done so they are asking you to take the time to fill out one of the on-line surveys as it will help to establish a Provincial picture. Click on the links below to access the surveys. All survey respondents are eligible for a $5 e-gift card as a small token of appreciation for your time.
Feel free to contact Dr. PJ Naylor and the research team if you have any questions (EarlyYearsStudy@uvic.ca , (250) 853-3140)
A Message from the Representative for Children and Youth
We are pleased to introduce Bernard Richard, B.C.’s new Acting Representative for Children and Youth. Mr. Richard has assumed the role in an acting capacity until his appointment is made by the Legislative Assembly when it resumes sitting in early 2017.
Mr. Richard has extensive experience in public service, managing independent organizations and working collaboratively with Indigenous leaders and communities. He previously served as New Brunswick’s first Child and Youth Advocate and is a lawyer whose early career was in social work. Mr. Richard served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1991 to 2003. During that period, he held a number of portfolios, including Minister of State for Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs, Acting Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of Education, and Minister responsible for social policy renewal, as well as leader of the Official Opposition.
As Mr. Richard furthers his knowledge of child and youth issues in B.C., he is eager to meet with organizations and advocates, to introduce himself, hear others’ issues and concerns, and explore options for collaboration.
Mr. Richard’s full biography can be found on the RCY website at: www.rcybc.ca
Successful Co-Parenting: Free 6-Week Group
Successful Co-Parenting is a 6 week free group where you can:
Learn about the impact of separation/divorce on children.
Prioritize what children need from both parents.
Choose better ways to communicate with your ex.
Manage your own stress and conflict through the transition.
Where: John Braithwaite Community Centre 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC
When: Mondays Jan 16th- Feb 27th 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm
Free registered child minding is available
To register, please email email@example.com or please call 604.254.5457 Ext. 238.
RECALL NOTICE: Sargent Art Tempera Paints
Health Canada has issued a recall notice for Sargent Art Tempera Paints dated May 2015-June 2016, most bottles have a date stamp on them which will help in deciphering if the product is affected by this recall (for example 8/15). The link to the Health Canada Recall is below please read and use as information to discuss with families, coworkers and public if you need.
Sargent Art recalls Tempera Paints and Finger Paints
Do you know a terrific teacher or early childhood educator? Consider nominating them for a 2016-17 Prime Minister’s Award! This prestigious program honours innovative and outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers and early childhood educators who are helping prepare Canadian youth for the challenges of tomorrow.
BC Family Child Care Association's Record Keeping Calendars
BC FAMILY CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION'S 2017 RECORD KEEPING CALENDARS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! Our 2017 calendar is now better than ever before! As always, it has space to keep attendance and record expenses and emergency drills, which help to keep your licencor happy.
Date blocks are conveniently large enough to add your daily activities. To make it even better, we've added pages that answer parents' questions about what their children are learning while they seem to be "only playing". You'll also find useful activity suggestions and links to more information.
Welcome to our newest family child care providers!
Butterfly Garden Childcare Centre – RLNR became Multi-age
Canyon Heights Before and After School Care – new RLNR
Roses Family Child Care – RLNR became In-home Multi-age
Sweet House – new LFCC
Websites Of Interest
Parent Support Services Society of BC
To realize our vision and mission we create opportunities for parents and grandparents that foster independence and personal responsibility, and by creating cost-effective and comprehensive community based services in cooperation with public and private partners. There are resources, a blog and advocacy for parenting as well as grandparents raising grandchildren. Visit their website: www.parentsupportbc.ca
Intergenerational Landed Learning Project at UBC
The Intergenerational Landed Learning Project promotes garden based intergenerational collaboration and interdisciplinary hands-on learning. Our programs merge educational research and school curriculum to teach about and promote environmental stewardship, healthy diets and lifestyles, and social development. There are a Pinterest topics, gardening resources, and connections to projects with local organizations. Visit the website: http://landedlearning.educ.ubc.ca/
First Aid Resources
The following organizations provide First Aid training on the North Shore:
EmergencyChild Care First Aid, Standard First Aid, and Emergency First Aid courses are available through NorthVanRec. Please click here: www.nvrc.ca/programs/first-aid.aspx for course listings or call 604-983-6534.
About Our Organization
North Shore Community Resources Society 201-935 Marine Drive (Capilano Mall),
North Vancouver, BC V7P 1S3
604-985-7138 A non-profit society with a variety of information and support services, including:
Information North Shore
Legal information and advocacy
North Shore Caregiver Support Program
Seniors' One Stop Information
North Shore Better at Home Program
North Shore Child Care Resource Program
Volunteer North Shore
Housing North Shore
Host for WECAN, Middle Childhood Matters, and North Shore Inter-Agency Network.
Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm
The CCRR is open until 8:00pm only on the dates when there is a workshop running.
New Year's Day (January 1)
Canada Day (July 1)
Remembrance Day (November 11)
Christmas (December 23-January 3)
Boxing Day (December 26)
The CCRR program provides the following services:
Workshops and training courses
Library of books, music, video and resources
Equipment and toy lending
Laminating and photocopying
Referrals to child care facilities
As well as support and consultation for parents, child care providers and the community. For other information and resources please check our website.
North Shore Community Resources CCRR Staff
For a list of the CCRR staff members and their contact information, please click here.
We wish to thank...
Our volunteers: Rose Olson and Vivian Xi Our Community Partners: John Braithwaite Community Centre; District of North Vancouver – Lynn Valley Library; Parkgate Community Centre; St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, North Vancouver
Our Funders: The Ministry for Child and Family Development; City of North Vancouver; District of North Vancouver; District of West Vancouver; Modern Mama – North Shore; and the North Shore News
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