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Manager's Submission
Happy New Year all!  I hope everyone had a chance to spend some time with family and friends over the Christmas season. 

North Shore Community Resources Society and the Child Care Resource and Referral Program have started off a busy year.  Our drop-in programs have started up with Mother Goose and Circle of Care, WHEELS is on the road doing outreach to programs and family child care providers, and the agency is undertaking strategic planning. 

The strategic planning process includes a detailed review of each program and how we deliver it, fund it, and threats and opportunities for the future.  As part of the process, we will be surveying clients about our services.  If you do receive a survey, we appreciate you taking the time to complete it.  In a world where there seems to be endless surveys, this one is very important to our work. 

It will be interesting to see if the change in the Federal government brings progress to a national child care system.  In their party platform, the Liberals said:

We will meet with provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities to begin work on a new National Early Learning and Child Care Framework, to deliver affordable, high-quality, flexible, and fully inclusive child care for Canadian families. This work will begin in the first 100 days of a Liberal government and will be funded through our investments in social infrastructure. The framework we design together will be administered in collaboration with, and in respect of, provincial jurisdictions.”

Of course, this plan will also depend on the response of the Province. It is good to encourage parents to advocate at a political level when they express concerns with the availability and cost of child care.  There are informative advocacy resources from ECEBC and the BC Coalition of Child Care Advocates.  All three municipalities on the North Shore are supportive of child care and do what they can with by-laws and developers to facilitate child care, however, the main political will and financial commitment must come from the Provincial and Federal levels.  The Provincial Early Years and Strong Start Centres have definitely broadened services and supports for families with young children but do not directly address the needs and challenges of accessible and affordable child care.

Our team wishes each of you a healthy, happy and productive year.  We look forward to our continued work together.

June Maynard
CCRR Workshops
How to Register for Workshops
 
For CCRR Subscribers and Registered Licence Not Required (RLNR) Clients: 
  • Visit http://www.nscr.bc.ca/nscrw
  • Click on Log In at the top of the website.
  • Click on Forgotten Password in order to receive an initial password.
  • Enter your email address and click Continue.
  • You will receive an email immediately with your password.
  • Now you can Log In with your email and new password. You can change your password by going to your Account at anytime.
  • Shop for your workshop(s).
  • To check out, use either the Check Out tab or click on the basket in the top right corner.
  • Pay with credit card via Pay Pal.  If there is a problem, you will get a message and you will need to recheck the number, use another card, etc. Registration is not complete until your payment is confirmed.
  • North Shore CCRR RLNR clients will be processed as free.
  • Once payment confirmed, the system will add you to the attendance list for each registered workshop.
  • You will receive an online receipt.
  • A workshop is full at maximum capacity.  There are no waitlists for workshops. 
It is important to update us if there is any change in your email address.

If you are not a CCRR Program Subscriber: 
  • Visit http://www.nscr.bc.ca/nscrw
  • Register by clicking on Create an Account and follow the registration process. 
  • You may want to subscribe to get the reduced workshop rate.  To subscribe, contact Fariba Aghdassi at fariba.aghdassi@nscr.bc.ca or at 604-982-3314.  When your subscription is processed, you will be notified to go online and register as a CCRR Program Subscriber. 
Register at: www.nscr.bc.ca/nscrw
 
To download the complete registration guide, please click here
 
Workshop Reminder: 
 
*Registration for workshops must be done on line and in advance.  We do not do registration at the door at the time of the workshop.  The registration link is in the workshop section of this newsletter.
 
*If you are registering for more than one person, please note the names of the people attending in the Comments section. If there is a change in attendance, please try and inform us so that we know the name of the person registered and the name of the person replacing the registrant.
 
Thank you!
Upcoming Workshops
 
Workshops are $15.00 for subscribers and $25.00 for non-subscribers per workshop. 
 
To download a copy of the January - March 2016 CCRR Workshop Schedule, please click here.

To view the January-March 2016 CCRR Activity Calendar, please click here. 

 
WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE FROM JANUARY TO JUNE
 
TITLE: Building positive relationships through conversations
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 28, 2016 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 holds her Early Childhood Diploma and is currently working in Child Care as a Program Manager in Vancouver.  
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Do you find it difficult or challenging to have a conversation with someone where you have to deliver information that makes you feel uncomfortable?  Do you avoid conversations with co-workers or parents when you know you should talk to them, but you don’t?  Maybe you’ve tried and it went badly, or maybe you fear that talking will only make the situation worse.  In this interactive workshop we will discuss best practice strategies, develop a checklist of action items to think about before going into the conversation.  We will practice how to start a conversation and some tips and suggestions to help you stay focused and how to follow up after the conversation.
 
TITLE: Make & take
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Tina Spencer
 
BIO: Early Childhood Educator at St.Catherine Preschool in North Vancouver.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This workshop is all about where preschool teachers and parents can create colourful felt and foam stories and activities to promote learning and entertainment in preschoolers. Certificates of hours given upon completion of workshops. Please make sure you bring a pair of sharp scissors, and trays or cookie sheets to take home your wet projects. Make sure you wear grubby clothes or bring an apron!
 
TITLE: Emotional Communication & Children
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Oxana Pavlenko  
 
BIO:  The workshop will be led by an experienced workshop presenter Oxana Pavlenko, Registered Professional Counsellor
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Workshop for Early Childhood Educators of Children 3 to 5.      Are there are times when you feel overwhelmed by children? When they get angry, stubborn, act out, cry and cannot tell you what they need? In this workshop you will explore different ways of responding to children during times of strong emotions, and how to be an “emotion coach” to a young child. This workshop is based on recent research on how the first five years of life affect the child’s development, and is ideal for Early Childhood Educators of children 3 to 5. You will learn simple steps to deal with daily situations at work and be able to recognize different emotions in children before they escalate.
 
TITLE: Refreshing & reaffirming our positive approach to guiding childrens’ behaviour
DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 10, 2016 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Gyda Chud
 
BIO:  Gyda Chud is a lifelong early childhood Advocate, and has served as ECE Instructor, Program Coordinator and Dean of Continuing Studies at Vancouver Community College. Over her career, she has been a Board member of numerous provincial and national early childhood organizations, was the founding Chair of the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council and continues to facilitate workshops and conference presentations.
 
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: "All of us in the ECE field, would agree that the most challenging element of our work is guiding childrens' behaviour in the most positive, proactive ways we can!  Join us to review, refresh and maybe learn some new strategies for interacting in ways that are both prevention and intervention oriented as we move forward in our efforts to provide the very best quality care and learning for the young ones in our programs." 
  
TITLE: Diversity
DATE & TIME: Thursday, April 28, 2016 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTERS: Elizabeth Cooke
 
BIO:    Elisabeth has a unique combination of skills in Human and Social Development, Corporate Communications, Law, and Governance. She brings over 20 year experience to Inclusivity, carved out across Canada, the United States, Australia and South East Asia.
Elisabeth has spent her career working closely with diverse communities and applying complex analysis to develop strategic outcomes to all sorts of challenges. After earning her B.A. in Human and Social Development at the School of Child and Youth Care at University of Victoria, Elisabeth went on to spearhead a groundbreaking program developing vocational opportunities for disadvantaged and disabled youth.
She then went on to earn her Juris Doctor of Law, from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School in 2011, with specializations in intellectual property, governance, and policy analysis. She combines her expertise in law, governance, policy and planning, corporate communication, emerging media, and strategy, with her expertise in working with vulnerable communities, including those with issues related to gender identity, sexual orientation, and mental health.
Elisabeth led the team that was awarded the 2015 PERC Award for Management Innovation and Ingenuity for North Shore QSA Symposium and Networking Event Programs.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Elisabeth Cooke will deliver an introductory workshop on Diversity, addressing gender identity and gender identity issues as they present in young children.
 
TITLE: What’s really happening at the playdough table
DATE & TIME: Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Shauna Mokelki
 
BIO: Shauna Mokelki has been working in child and family development for over 25 years, doing everything from child care to senior’s services to youth outreach and addiction counselling.  She is the current Manager of I hope family programs, has a BA in Child and Youth Care and is a certified Professional Coach.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: The work you do each day is valuable, but our work is often subtle, especially when facilitated by a skilled practitioner!  Can you articulate what you do and how you do it in a way that paints a picture for others?  To increase the understanding of the work of early childhood education and the process of child development, we have to be able to inform parents, cocktail party chatters and even each other - the magic that is happening at the playdough table!  In this interactive workshop, we’ll start by skill harvesting and then develop communication messages to advance the understanding and value of work in early childhood.

 
TITLE: Tools of Mindfulness
DATE & TIME: Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Christine Mann
 
BIO:  Christine Mann has over 22 years’ experience working with children and families from diverse cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds in a variety of contexts. She is a recognized and experienced facilitator of many Child Care related topics; giving workshops, lectures and courses for parents and Early Learning and Child Care Professionals. Currently she works for the North Shore Child Care Resource & Referral Program in North Vancouver BC, as a Child Care Support and Outreach Consultant and she is also a regular facilitator of the Foundations of Child Care Course at NSCR and of the Responsible Adult Course at Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre.

 
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:  From the sphere of ancient spiritual wisdom and traditions, learn ways to reflect on the nature of the mind and on becoming open to experiencing life and working fully in the present. Mindful Practice is helpful in any child care program, in any classroom, for any teacher and with every child.
 
TITLE: How stories are lived through art materials
DATE & TIME: Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Violet Jensen
 
BIO: Violet Jessen is a university instructor at the Capilano University's ECCE Department. A member of Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) since 1995, Violet sat on the Provincial board as a Member-at-large, and later became Director of Conference for the organization’s professional development events “Between Two Seas: Bridging Children and Communities” and “Leadership: Innovation & Inspiration, Celebrating 40 Years of ECEBC”.  She is a guide for the ethics training workshop modules “Best Choices: The Ethical Journey” (a project of the Canadian Child Care Federation and ECEBC). 
Violet volunteers extensively and enjoys a variety of community work. She is committed to ongoing professional development and is a board member of the North Shore Community Resources Society, a facilitator of the NSCR Mother Goose Program and one of the founding committee members of the North Shore Early Childhood Conference “To Learn, To Wonder” (established in 2002). 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This interactive workshop will offer a short presentation of projects and discussions at the Capilano University Children’s Centre and will focus on how stories are brought to life through the use of different art materials. There will be opportunities for participants to engage with and discuss these materials in depth.
Parents' Page
Child care provider staff, and our community partners, please distribute this to the parents in your centre. 
Hi everyone. Welcome to our CCRR parent page.
Our goal for a separate section for parents is to provide you with specific information on:
  • Parenting tips, topics and  information on raising our children
  • Resources and services for parents in our community
  • Updates and information on  resources from our CCRR library that parents can use
We hope this page will be useful for you. We welcome any suggestions, comments or ideas you may have.
Please feel free to contact me with your feedback.
Thanks.
Fariba Aghdassi
My contact information:
E-mail: fariba.aghdassi@nscr.bc.ca
Phone: 604-982-3314

 
Did You Know…..
Are you in the process of separating from your spouse and have children?
 
The task of continuing to parent through the legal, emotional, and financial turmoil of the separation process can be very difficult.  The Parenting After Separation course is a free, three hour information session for parents who are in the process of separating and dealing with parenting issues. The session is to help parents make informed decisions about separation issues. The goals of these workshops are to reduce the stress of the process for families and to assist them in moving forward in their lives. Some of the topics include the following:
 
  • The court and the mediation process
  • The child and parents’ experiences of the separation process
  • Strategies to help yourself and your child through this process
  • Effective ways to communicate and problem-solve in order to build a positive co-parenting relationship
 
These free sessions are offered throughout the year through West Coast Family Centres.
In North Vancouver the sessions are held at North Shore Neighbourhood House, 225 East 2nd St.
Pre-registration is required.
 
For registration and session dates, contact West Coast Family Centres at:
 
Phone: 604-505-6577
E-mail: pas@westcoastfamily.org
 
For more information refer to the following fact sheet: PAS-Article for newsletter-Jan 2016.pdf

We also have a resource kit in our library on this topic. The kit has articles, books and DVDs to assist parents going through separation and divorce.

Resource Kit: PARENTING THROUGH SEPARATION & DIVORCE
Articles Included:
  • What Is a Divorce?
  • Helping Your Child Through a Divorce
  • Tips for Divorcing Parents
  • Tips for Parents – Telling the Kids
  • Children first: Co-parenting through Separation and Divorce
  • Children& Divorce: Telling the Children
  • Parenting after Separation
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Children’s Books Included:
  • On the Day His Daddy Left
  • I Don’t Want To Talk About It
  • Mom and Dad Don’t Live Together Anymore
  • Let’s Talk About Divorce
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Pamphlets/Booklets/DVD’s:
  • Because...Life Goes On
  • What Happens Next?
  • Let’s Talk About Divorce
  • Divorce Law: Questions and Answers
  • Family Justice Centre
  • Kids & Divorce-For Better or Worse DVD
  • Parenting After Separation – Your Child’s Future
  • Helping Children with Separation and Divorce-
Infants and Young children
  • Helping Children through Separation and Divorce - School Age Children
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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 by e-mail at fariba.aghdassi@nscr.bc.ca
 Or you can call our office at 604-985-7138.
  
 
Below is information on a book on developing social and emotional skills- available for borrowing from our library.
10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn with Wendy Holden
This is a resource about giving our children-and ourselves-the social and emotional skills to reduce stress and anxiety for healthier, happier lives. An excellent guide that offers simple, effective ways for stressed parents to create calmer, kinder, happier families.
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Here is an article on How to help teens find purpose, that might be useful for us as parents. This is from the Greater Good Centre, The Science of a Meaningful Life. This website and centre has information, articles, and books on the Science for Joyful Kids and Happier Parents.
For information about them and other topics of interest, see their website below:
Website: www.greatergood.berkeley.edu/

How to Help Teens Find Purpose
By Patrick Cook-Deegan
Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.
These experiences are of clear interest to parents as well: Every parent wants his or her child to have a sense of purpose. But how can we actually help them do that??
Creating a sense of purpose in education starts with basic “why” questions: why are we taking this class? Why are we in school? Why am I learning algebra? These are straightforward and educators often try to answer them. But most school settings fail to address the even larger questions: Why was I put on this earth? What do I want to do with my life? Why am I having trouble figuring out my identity? A real education of adolescents must start with these “why” questions and then begin to help young people develop their own identity, sense of purpose, and understanding of the world and their place in it.
See full article below:
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_help_teens_find_purpose
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Below is an article for parents on teaching positive social skills to our children for developing friendship skills. As parents, one of our important roles, is to support and teach our children to develop social and friendship skills. The article provides useful and practical tips and tools in doing this. One key point emphasized is that parents need to act like a coach, since coaching is critical for helping our children use new skills in real-life situations in building friendships with their peers.
Please see full article below for more information.
Supporting Children's Friendship Skills.pdf
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This is me and I have rights, a publication by Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)
This is an interesting publication from MCFD which is aimed at young children in care, to teach them about their rights.  On the final page, there is contact information for various organisations that people can contact if they are concerned about a child in care.  The purpose of this resource is to engage children in care between the ages of 3 and 8 to learn about their rights through a creative, supportive, and fun approach.
It is an activity book for young children in care. It is about their rights and what they need to be safe, to be healthy, to be heard, and to be themselves.
The kids can do this activity book by themselves or with an adult, like their caregiver or worker. It is a way for the adults in their life to learn more about them.
Who should use this book?
This book is for the adults who are involved in the life of a child who is in care. These adults include: workers, family members, caregivers, community members, and professionals. The adults in a child’s life have a shared responsibility to teach children in care about their rights and to help them understand the role that adults have in upholding their rights.
How should this book be used?
This resource was designed for children and adults to do together and provides the opportunity to start a conversation with children about their rights. Depending on the age of the child, some activities are appropriate for children to do on their own. Consider the cultural identity of children as you explore their rights with them.
Below is the link to the resource.
this is me - MCFD booklet.pdf
Articles & Resources
Licensing Information
 
North Shore Community Care Facilities Licensing Update:
North Shore Licensing is please to introduce Birgit Laube, Licensing Secretary. Carole Ann Benson is on a leave so please contact Birgit for any licensing information you need. Birgit has been part of our team on a part time basis of Monday to Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm one week and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday each alternate week. Birgit’s phone number is 604-983-6787. The days Birgit is off the phone line is covered by Melanie St. George our Environmental Health Team Secretary.
 
Criminal Record Clearances: (CRC)
Do not hire staff or have staff on site without a Criminal Record Clearance.
As a reminder, please remember that in order to employ an individual or have a person volunteer in your facility, a CRC clearance must be acquired in advance along with the other required documentation. Criminal Record Check clearances must always be sought from the Ministry of Justice. A copy of a clearance obtained directly from an individual is not permitted as per the Ministry of Justice’s requirements.
Also RCMP Criminal Record Clearances are not acceptable
Please be advised that there is a Sharing Form (in order to receive a copy of an existing/current clearance directly from the Ministry) as well as the application to have an account with the Ministry for paying for clearances.
Also remember for Licensee and for Family and In-home childcare all persons over 12 years old living in the premises you are required to make an appointment with our Licensing Secretary to have your identification verified. Birgit: 604-983-6787.
 
Geographical Districts for Licensing Officers:
Child Care Licensing Officers will shortly be moving to a specific Geographical District which may result in you having another Licensing Officer for your program. Vancouver Coastal Health Licensing is in the process of providing equitable facilities assigned to Child Care licensing regionally. We are still in the process of working out the exact areas but hope to have this accomplished within  the next six weeks, we have been saying this for some time but with the new data system, the need to have some Licensing Officers working in another area it is taking longer than anticipated.
 
Amended Community Care and Assisted Living Act
For your information, the CCALA was amended on December 18, 2015 which brought into force portions of the Administrative Tribunals Statutes Amendment Act, 2015 by the Ministry of Justice. This has resulted in changes to s.29 [Appeals to the Board] and adds a new s.29.1 [Application of Administrative Tribunals Act].
Below is a link to the changes in the CCALA as it appears on BC Laws:
 
http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/02075_01#section29.1
 
Respectfully, Glenda Burrows and the North Shore Licensing Team Best Wishes for 2016.
Update from the BC Provincial Office for the Early Years
 
Good afternoon,
 
I’m writing from the Provincial Office of the Early Years to make sure all CCRRs know about a few important items: 
  • A new round of Child Care Major Capital has opened. Applications are due Feb. 26th
  • BC’s “Get Youth Working” hiring incentive program is now taking applications. Child care operators outside the Lower Mainland/Southwest region may apply for a $2,800 hiring incentive plus $1,000 for external training.
  • MCFD’s new Information for Child Care Providers website connects to a range of resources for child care operators, including information on financing, legal topics, marketing, and more
Please feel free to spread the word about these supports via your newsletters or otherwise.
 
Thank you,
 
Sally Reid  | Senior Policy Analyst
Provincial Office for the Early Years
4-765 Broughton Street | Victoria | BC
250-356-2879
Online Claims for Licensed Childcare Providers

There is a new online claim process for licensed childcare providers from Childcare Subsidy.
 
Below is the link regarding the Child Care Subsidy – Child Care Provider Portal option for licensed providers (only) to submit their child care subsidy claims.

http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/subsidy/forms.htm
Websites of Interest

Science of Early Childhood Development: Narrowing the Gap Between Research and Practice

The Science of Early Child Development is a multi-media, multi-edition interactive educational resource designed to share the science and information about the vital importance of the early years. It is designed to make current research accessible to anyone interested in learning more about the profound impact of the early years on lifelong health and well-being. The site is supported by Red River College, the University of Toronto, and the Aga Khan Development Network.

There are resources, on line training and other information of interest.  This is a powerful video of the impact of early childhood education:

http://www.scienceofecd.com/pages/the-long-reach-of-early-childhood
http://www.scienceofecd.com/index.php


Screen Time Research Links:

Information and resources on the use of screen time for parents and young children:
http://alexandrasamuel.com/parenting/what-kind-of-digital-parent-are-you
http://www.screensmart.ca/

 
Activity Ideas

Follow the link for some great activity ideas to do with little ones! 

http://www.nscr.bc.ca/childcare/resource-pdf/Activity%20Ideas.pdf
This Is Me and I Have Rights, a publication by Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)

This is an interesting publication from MCFD which is aimed at young children in care, to teach them about their rights.  On the final page, there is contact information for various organisations that people can contact if they are concerned about a child in care.  The purpose of this resource is to engage children in care between the ages of 3 and 8 to learn about their rights through a creative, supportive, and fun approach.
It is an activity book for young children in care. It is about their rights and what they need to be safe, to be healthy, to be heard, and to be themselves.
The kids  can do this activity book by themselves  or with an adult, like their caregiver or worker. It is a way for the adults in their life to learn more about them.
Who should use this book?
This book is for the adults who are involved in the life of a child who is in care. These adults include: workers, family members, caregivers, community members, and professionals. The adults in a child’s life have a shared responsibility to teach children in care about their rights and to help them understand the role that adults have in upholding their rights.
How should this book be used?
This resource was designed for children and adults to do together and provides the opportunity to start a conversation with children about their rights. Depending on the age of the child, some activities are appropriate for children to do on their own. Consider the cultural identity of children as you explore their rights with them.
Below is the link to the resource.
this is me - MCFD booklet.pdf
From Capilano University Early Childhood Care and Education Program

A Student’s Perspective:

 
Anne Fontaine is a student in the Early Childhood Care and Education program as Capilano University. As part of her course studies she has been looking more deeply into Ecological Systems Theories in relation to current policies affecting children, school, families and community. This paper addresses some of the concerns of choosing the Universal Child Care Benefit over a universal child care program; while questioning governmental leadership in fulfilling our fundamental commitment to uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

To read the Policy Review Assignment, click here. 
 
Anne C Fontaine annefontaine@my.capilanou.ca
NSCR's Resource of Websites

North Shore Community Resources annually updates a resource of websites that might be useful for child care providers and parents.

To view the list, click here. 

 
Announcements & Events
Revitalization of the ECEBC North Shore Branch
     By Violet Jessen

 
It feels more than remarkable that the first meeting of the revitalization of the ECEBC (Early Childhood Educators of BC) North Shore Branch is taking place at Cedardale Child Learning Centre. The centre is in the same location of a past preschool where I completed my first practicum as a Capilano College (now University) student. I joined ECEBC as a student but it was the teachers at the preschool who welcomed me and encouraged me to join the North Shore ECEBC branch. They went on to mentor me and through the years, I took on different positions on the branch executive where I met other educators who were passionate and proud to be part of ECEBC.
 
Branch membership was at its height in the 1980’s but slowly drifted downward.  For these past several years, the branch has kept a low profile but retains an important role as being one of several key organizations involved in the North Shore Early Childhood Conference: To Learn, To Wonder. One of the things that remain constant is the branch’s commitment to professional development.
 
Professionalism in early childhood care requires the childcare practitioner to balance knowledge, skills and self-awareness with a high level of commitment and ethical responsibility. When child care practitioners engage in professional development activities, they increase their knowledge and skills base, stay current on child care issues, learn about the latest research in early childhood, and advance the child care profession as a whole.  Personal benefits include being part of a social network with their peers and experiencing a boost in self-esteem and pleasure in their work (Kaiser and Raminsky, 1999).
 
We celebrate the revitalization of the ECEBC North Shore branch with many of our colleagues and special guest ECEBC Executive Director Emily Mlieczko. The Education 470 (Perspectives on Children, Families and ECCE) students of Capilano University and their instructors Tia Smith and Antje Bitterberg join us to hear Emily’s message about the importance of ECEBC membership.  And capping off the evening is Haideh Nouri, an early childhood educator and Capilano University degree student who is presenting Behind the Doors of HallonEtt” and will speak about her experiences at the HallonEtt Preschool in Sweden. We welcome members past, present and new to the North Shore ECEBC branch and invite all educators to come and strengthen our ECE community.
 
References:
Kaiser, B., & Rasminsky, J.S. (1999). Communities. Ottawa: Canadian Child Care Federation.
 
Violet Jessen is an instructor in the Capilano University Early Childhood Care and Education Degree Program. She has been a long time member since 1995 with ECEBC and the ECEBC North Shore Branch.
 
The North Shore ECEBC Branch is holding its revitalization meeting on Tuesday, January 19th, 7-9pm at Cedardale Child Learning Centre, 885 West 22nd Street, West Vancouver.
West Vancouver Memorial Library Upcoming Events

Storyhouse Family Drop-In
Families with children aged six and under are invited to come and celebrate learning in a fun, relaxed environment led by a certified Early Childhood Educator. A snack for children will be provided. This session runs every Monday (excluding February 8) to March 7. This is a drop in program, no need to register.
 
Celebration of Language Storytime
Saturday January 30th 11:30 – 12:15pm
Join us for a special family storytime in celebration of Family Literacy Day! We will have songs, rhymes and stories with special guests in different languages for families to enjoy. This is a drop in program, no need to register.
 
February Events:
Paws for Stories | Ages 6 – 12
Wednesdays  4:00-5:00pm
Research shows that reading to a dog is tremendously motivational for kids and also provides a calming, relaxed environment for children who may be feel hesitant or anxious about reading. Sessions are 15 minutes and run for three weeks. Registration is required.
 
Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble – The Monkey King | All Ages Concert
Saturday, February 6th 11:30am – 12:30pm
Join us as the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble presents Monkey King in celebration of the New Year! 
 
Registration starts on February 18th for Spring Break programs! Check out our online events calendar for lots of spring break programming including a visit from O.W.L. Society, technology classes, movie matinees and more!
 
Also register early for Nowruz events:
 
Nowruz storytime | All Ages
Sunday, March 20th 11:30 – 12:00pm
 
Nowruz Egg Decorating | Ages 6 – 9
Sunday March 20th 2:30 – 3:30pm 

 
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 mark your calendars for the 2016 administrator’s network meeting dates:

February 24
May 18
October 26
 
Times: Wednesdays, 11:30AM to 1:30PM
Where: 203-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
 
To RSVP or more information please contact  Tunde Getaneh at 604.982.3324 or email tunde.getaneh@nscr.bc.ca
Welcome to our Newest Family Child Care Providers!
 
Anita Family Daycare – new LFCC
Elfgarden Daycare – new LFCC
First Step Center Ltd. – new Multi-Age
Froebel Gabe Learning II CC Centre – new Multi-Age
Itsy Bitsy Daycare – new LFCC
Kid the Challenger – new LFCC
Milky Way – new LFCC
Taylor Way Childcare Centre – new Multi-Age 
Thank You

To our volunteer: Rose Olson

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  
Emergency Preparedness

A reminder following the recent earthquake off our coast:

All programs are required to have supplies available for all children and staff for 72 hours. Please remember to check the expiry dates on your annual practice and replenish as needed (water you can label and use for sanitary purposes or use up before expiry if that works). Consider submission for the minor capitol grants as this has been successful for many programs. If you have further questions regarding Emergency Preparedness please contact your Licensing Officer.
Updates from the Early Childhood Educators of B.C.:
 
ECEBC’s Student Award Nomination:
ECEBC’s Student Award was established by ECEBC’s Board of Directors on January 31, 2014 to recognize the importance of ECE students to the early care and learning sector.  Students represent a fresh perspective and possess the energy and passion to be an integral part in the future of our sector.  ECEBC recognizes the importance of building upon and encouraging students to be an active part of our organization.

ECE student bursary:
During the summer of 2014, the Early Childhood Educators of BC received funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to establish a bursary fund for students enrolled in early childhood educational programs. To respond to identified needs, priority will be given to:
• Aboriginal students,
• Students attending early childhood educational programs with an Aboriginal focus, and
• Students working to achieve an infant/toddler educator designation.
 All students registered for ECE courses during the Winter 2016 semester (January to April 2016) at an approved training institution are encouraged to apply. Students will be able to apply for up to $300 per course, to a maximum of $1,500 per semester.
 Eligible applicants must be enrolled at an approved educational institution in an ECE program, with priority given to Aboriginal students, or students enrolled in ECE programs with an Aboriginal focus or working to achieve an infant/toddler educator designation.

ECEBC’s Kay Britton Mentor Award Nomination:
The Kay Britton Mentor Award was established by ECEBC’s Board of Directors to honour the life work of Kay Britton, a licensing officer, and a deeply passionate and caring individual who left a legacy of how Early Childhood Educators can change the world.
This award will recognize and honour an individual who has met the criteria below.  We will award the selected candidate at ECEBC’s Annual General Meeting on May 6, 2016.  The recipient will receive a certificate and have her or his name inscribed on the Kay Britton Mentor Award plaque housed at ECEBC’s provincial office.

For ECEBC provincial members: Extended Benefits Plan through Health Source Plus
Are you interested in having extended benefits for yourself and/or family?
To access the most competitive rates, we will need as many people as possible to complete the employee information form, downloadable from our homepage at www.ecebc.ca under “What’s New”. Please go to
http://www.ecebc.ca/images/0116_ECEBC%20-%20Group%20Benefits%20Program%20-%20Announcement%20-%20%28Oct2015%29.pdf  for more information.  Note that all information provided on the employee information form will be kept confidential by Health Source Plus and will only be used to provide a quote for us.
ECEBC has been advancing early childhood education and care since 1969.This fast paced organization constantly strives to remain current and responsive to current trends in our sector and continuously looks for opportunities to enhance services to its Members.


There is more information and application forms at www.ecebc.ca.
Training and Professional Development
Library Resources
Welcome to Our CCRR 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. 
The library has a wide variety of children's books and toys available to borrow.  We also provide books and educational videos that address many important aspects of child care, including:
  • Nutrition
  • Discipline
  • Family Relationships
  • Health
  • Safety, etc. 
At the library, resources may be checked out for up to four weeks at a time -no charge, to all subscribers of the Child Care Resource & Referral Program.
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. Except for a small reference section, most resources are available for borrowing.
The library is divided into various categories including books on small business and operating a child care facility, parent books and activity books. Some of these are
  • Child Care Programs (code CCP)-this is a large grouping of activity books for use with children and in child care settings with special sections for music/art and science. There is also a section on management for family child care and on program development for various ages.
  • 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.
  • Diversity (code DIV)-this is a small section in the library that is constantly growing to include all types of multicultural books and videos with some diversity programming for child care settings.
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.
Journals and newsletters from early childhood related organizations.
Books for children-From toddlers to teens.
Equipment - These items can be borrowed for a maximum of 4 weeks.
Large Toys, Activity Boxes and Grab Bags- can be borrowed for a maximum
4 weeks. Items in this category are intended to enhance and expand the programming that already exists in your child care setting.
 
THEME BOXES - These boxes can be borrowed for a maximum period of
4 weeks and must be returned at the end of the contracted time.
Please see the link below for our equipment directory.
 
 
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 by e-mail at fariba.aghdassi@nscr.bc.ca
Or you can call our office at 604-985-7138.
About Our Organization
 
North Shore Community Resources Society
 
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.
201-935 Marine Drive (Capilano Mall),
North Vancouver, BC  V7P 1S3
604-985-7138
 
Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm
The CCRR is open until 8:00pm only on the dates when there is a workshop running.  
 
Office Closed
New Year's Day (January 1)
Family Day
Good Friday
Easter Monday
Victoria Day
Canada Day (July 1)
BC Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving
Remembrance Day (November 11)
Christmas Day (December 25)
Boxing Day (December 26)

The CCRR Program Provides the Following Services

  • Newsletters
  • Workshops and training courses
  • Library of books, music, video and resources
  • Equipment and toy lending
  • Laminating and photocopying
  • Job postings
  • Computer access
  • 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.
Would You Like Email Updates?
 
If you would like to be kept informed and up-to-date with our program and with current events in child care, please let us know.
 
Family Child Care Providers:
Christine.Mann@nscr.bc.ca 
 
Group Child Care Providers:
Tunde.Getaneh@nscr.bc.ca
 
All others (parents, agencies, etc.):
June.Maynard@nscr.bc.ca
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