Best Start: Healthy Baby Healthy Brain launched three Playing Builds Brains videos that show parents actively engaging with their babies and toddlers in “serve & return” interactions within the context of everyday play, sensory play, and language and numbers play. It also includes links for further reading and resources.
Learn more about your Métis Early Years Navigators, who are located throughout the province and are reaching out to families with children from birth to age 8 and assisting them with enrolling in the Métis Early Years Program. The navigators will connect, support, and advocate for Métis families. Families can MORE
In April, SFU Public Square hosted the Confronting the Disinformation Age Community Summit. The summit considered how the proliferation of disinformation is impacting society and challenging our capacity to make informed decisions about our economic, social, and political lives. Two resources were created from the summit. The Youth Take Action MORE
Dylan Cohen, Fostering Change Campaign Organizer, worked with Spotlight: Child Welfare to discuss the best practices for journalists interviewing youth, parents and others with lived experience in the child welfare system. He developed tip sheets drawing on existing literature, his own experiences with media, and interviews with youth and parents MORE
At the federal level, Bill C-92 proposes major changes in the federal system of indigenous child welfare. At the same time, reform is needed at the provincial level to achieve better outcomes for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and to protect the rights of all children involved in child welfare. MORE
The Canadian Mental Health Association of BC released a paper that aims to further explore how BC can better support youth in and from care, with a specific lens on their mental health and well-being. It explores the current context of foster care in BC, the mental health and substance MORE
Jordan’s Principle ensures that all First Nations children can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. It was named in memory of Jordan River Anderson from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. The principle recognizes that First Nations Children may need government services that exceed the MORE
The Federation of Community Social Services of BC held a Social Policy Forum in February 2019. The program was full of speakers, working sessions, and engagement opportunities to create strong and sustainable community social services. Three of the presentations are now available online. Tim Agg presented on Reimagining Community Inclusion, and Allison Bond MORE
The Fostering Change Campaign recently released new advocacy resources on their website. The resources include guides and manuals on Agreements with Youth Adults and research comparisons and reports. In late 2018, they submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request for policy manuals that social workers refer to regularly, called the Aboriginal Policy MORE
Zero to Three recently released an infographic on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) to help professionals talk about social and emotional development. It provides the definition of IECMH and illustrates where social and emotional development can be promoted. Zero to Three encourages you to share the resource as a handout MORE
As part of BC’s Early Learning and Child Care Agreement with the federal government, the BC government has announced new investments in professional development and resources for early childhood educators (ECEs) and other child care providers. Six organizations, including First Call member organizations Early Childhood Educators of BC and Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre, MORE
The Power of Play first aired on CBC-TV on January 20th. This must-watch documentary explores the importance of play to childhood development and to good mental health for adults. If you missed it, you can watch it online here.
The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC released a progress summary that outlines the BC government’s financial steps towards implementing universal child care. The BC Budget 2018 committed $1 billion over three years to improve access to quality, affordable child care, complemented by additional federal funding of $153 million. MORE
The BC Government recently launched the erase portal (expect respect & a safe education). The portal provides parents and students with helpful tips and advice on how to address bullying. The site also includes a confidential online reporting tool for youth to report bullying. It is part of the erase MORE
The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership released their third State of the Child Report that supports investments in the first years of a child’s life and highlights how the community supports the positive development of young people. It provides an overview of the situations of family and economic wellbeing, health and wellness, MORE