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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Revitalizing Outdoor Play and Reigniting a Sense of Community

Revitalizing Outdoor Play and Reigniting a Sense of Community English | Français COVID-19 restrictions have highlighted the importance of access to outdoor play for children. It has also shown the need for a sense of community. This is especially true in urban and low-income communities, where there is often limited natural green and outdoor play space. To address this need, …

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National Family Week: Connected Families, Connected Communities

National Family Week: Connected Families, Connected Communities English | Français Since 1985 Canadians in communities across the country have come together in October for National Family Week. The week provides an opportunity to celebrate families and reflect on their importance in our lives. Since 2007, Families Canada has coordinated National Family Week.   This year, National Family Week is October 4-10, 2021 and the theme is …

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National PlayDay: Boosting Children’s Health and Well-being

National PlayDay: Boosting Children’s Health and Well-being English | Français Research and practice clearly shows that play is fundamental for children’s health and well-being. Unfortunately, there continue to be barriers to giving children the opportunity for exploring and learning through free, self-directed play. The International Play Association Canada (IPA Canada) is working to promote the child’s right to play. …

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Be a Lifeguard to Children’s “Risky Play”

Be a Lifeguard to Children’s “Risky Play” English | Français Where is the line between acceptable risk and recklessness? In this blog, see how you can bring risk safely back into play using the lifeguard approach.    By Jim Grove   Risky play is a hot button topic in parenting. Are you “overprotecting” your children? Or are …

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Debunking Five Banking Myths during a Pandemic

Debunking Five Banking Myths during a Pandemic English | Français Money is a source of stress for many families, especially during a pandemic. Many may be unsure if their money is safe in a Canadian financial institution. To reassure families that it is good to continue banking during a pandemic, we’ve asked our guest writer Peter Routledge, President and CEO of Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC), to …

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