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Just Released! Financial Empowerment for Women Living on Low Incomes: An Action Plan

Families Canada is pleased to announce the release of Financial Empowerment for Women Living on Low Incomes: An Action Plan. This Action Plan provides twenty actions for adapting financial literacy programming to better support women living on low incomes.   The Action Plan was developed as part of the project Increasing Financial Literacy Opportunities for …

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It’s About Time! How Moms and Dads Can Share Housework and Childcare Equally

This blog post was guest written by Jessica Pratezina, MA, PhD Student at the University of Victoria. This article discusses the struggle to share housework and childcare equally and fairly and how there is a current lack of tools for family support practitioners to help heterosexual couples work towards a more equal relationship.   After my …

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Upholding the Mental Health Rights of Refugee Children and Youth

This blog post was guest written by Sierra Sumner. Sierra was awarded the Francine and Gerison Lansdown Student Essay Prize through the Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children's Rights in January 2022. To support children and youths' right to be heard, Families Canada asked Sierra to adapt her award-winning essay into …

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6 Tips to Support Positive Peer Relations in Early Childhood Development

In this blog post guest writer Angel Monks summarizes information presented by Isabelle Vinet, Executive Director of the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development, and Michel Boivin, Professor of Psychology at Laval University, in the webinar Early Childhood Development in a Time of Pandemic: Peer Relations. This webinar shared 6 ways educators and parents …

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9 Strategies to Promote Early Childhood Emotional Competence

In this blog post, guest writer Angel Monks summarizes information presented by Isabelle Vinet, Executive Director of the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development, in the webinar Early Childhood Development in a Time of Pandemic: Emotional Competence. Isabelle Vinet shared 9 strategies that family support practitioners can use to promote childhood emotional competence skills.    …

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Benefits of Intergenerational Programming for Newcomer Seniors and Children

In this blog post, guest writer Angel Monks summarizes information presented by Maureen Keelan and Jean Tinling in the webinar Promoting Intergenerational Volunteering - Benefits to Seniors and Preschool-Aged Children. They discuss the importance of intergenerational programming for seniors, newcomer seniors, and children and how it contributes to building a sense of community.   Seniors and …

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New at Families Canada! Online Learning Now Available for Family Support Practitioners

We're so pleased to announce the new Families Canada Training Portal! Created to provide family support practitioners interested in building on, building up, or simply refreshing their knowledge, the training portal is the perfect opportunity to access exclusive content developed in partnership with experts.   Courses  Focused on providing trusted, science-backed learning opportunities, all courses are …

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How does getting the COVID-19 vaccine help protect me and my community?

As members of communities across Canada, we want to help support and protect each other throughout the ongoing pandemic. Here are some ways in which getting vaccinated will help both you and your community stay protected against the virus.   Anyone who comes into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 is at risk of …

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How can I talk to parents and families about getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

Are you having trouble talking to parents and families about getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Here are some tips for having those more difficult conversations.  Find common ground. Finding common ground can help start the discussion. For example, “We all want the same thing – to get back to doing the things we love. Getting your …

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