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October 2016
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Register for our AGM!

Please join the BC Association of Family Resource Programs for our Annual General Meeting at the beautiful Musqueam Cultural Centre, in Vancouver.

Our theme this year is "Walking the Path of Family Mental Health" and will feature a presentation by the Raven Institute on indigenous cultural awareness, as well as a talk by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe on infant mental health. Vancouver Councillor Andrea Reimer will also give an address.

The meeting will end with a networking lunch.

Register here!

FRP Funding Opportunities

Apply for a Community Gaming Grant through

The BC Council for Families has received a Community Gaming Grant to support agencies across the province in delivery of the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting, My Tween and Me and Parent-Child Mother Goose Programs. 

The grants are intended to help agencies with limited funding deliver programs to help parents connect and share experiences, learn about child development and enhance their positive parenting skills. 

Gaming Grant Applications:  Application Deadline: October 28, 2016.
Surveys - Please help!
First Call ECD Roundtable Early Years Access Survey
Working with Early Childhood Development Roundtable members, First Call has developed a short survey (essentially just four questions) to collect data from service providers on access barriers in early years services and programs throughout BC.

Knowing where there are access barriers for parents/caregivers is crucial for improving ECD services and supporting policy advocacy. Share your experiences here  []

New survey deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016
Changes to the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit
There have been several changes to the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit, including a rate increase and changes to the BC Bus Pass Program. To reflect these and other changes, the Disability Alliance of BC have updated their Help Sheet series. For more details, visit the Money and Income Supports page on the Disability Alliance BC website.

The Province has also posted a news release about this change on its website
Consultation about Charities Engaging in Political Activities
As announced in Budget 2016, the Canada Revenue Agency will engage with charities to clarify the rules governing political activities. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, has launched these public consultations. The online consultations are now open, and the in-person consultations – which will be held in six cities across Canada – will follow in the coming months.

The online consultations are the first step in a broader engagement process, and are open to all Canadians and all charities. Charities are encouraged to visit the CRA website and submit feedback before November 25, 2016.
BCAPOP AGM and Conference!

Check out the BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Program's Conference and Annual General Meeting October 26-28. The conference will explore Supporting Diverse Needs with Compassion, Knowledge, and Skill. Register online today!
International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This advanced level conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration. Please email: for more information and to be put on the enquiry list.

When: March 1-4, 2017
Where: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC
Family Resource Facilitator
Family Services of the North Shore is still hiring a Family Resource Facilitator! The position closes when filled, so get your application in soon! Contact Kathleen Whyte for more information and to apply.
Excellent Research & Resource Links

Communicating with Children - This resource combines knowledge from the fields of child development and media studies with insights from children’s media production, to provide simple information on developmental norms at different stages of a child’s life. It helps us understand the implications these norms have on what and how
we can communicate most effectively with children of different age groups.

Single Mothers Resource Guide - This guide has information about the resources and services available to single mothers in the Lower Mainland.

Physical Literacy - This fact sheet explains what physical literacy is and why it is important
Video Spotlight
Check out Kid Care Canada's video explaining how early experiences last a lifetime!
ECEBC Training
Registration is open for Positive Guidance – November 10 to 23 (participants choose times that are most convenient for them). Register by November 3, 2016. For more information, please click here!
FREE Training!
We're excited to be able to give our members access to an incredible training opportunity! The Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMPH) team at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto is offering a 15-part training in infant mental health. Normally, this training is $1,600 for members of IMPH, and $2,000 for non-members. This training is FREE for agencies funded by CAPC or CPNP!

IMHP has also generously agreed to let our non-CAPC and CPNP members have access to it at a huge discount: we are making this training available to FRP-BC members for $160.

The fee gets you access to the training for unlimited staff at your agency. Please contact Ramsay at if you are interested in registering. We only have a limited number of spots for our members, so act quickly!

The training is online, so it is great for agencies in rural or isolated areas. Find more information about the training here.

Nurturing the Seed: Engaging and Supporting Indigenous Communities and Families

Many people play a role in supporting Indigenous infants, children and families in their life journeys. Nurturing the Seed is a resource intended to recognize and honor these differing worldviews and create a platform to share valuable cultural knowledge specifically relating to promoting infant mental health. Check out more information about this course here
Seven Cs: Criteria Guide for Outdoor Place Spaces
The Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre has produced a criteria guide, Seven Cs, for outdoor play spaces, based on a five-year multidisciplinary study of outdoor play spaces at of sixteen Vancouver child care centres. You can find the report here.
Learning from Stories: Breastfeeding and Younger Women
The Best Start Resource Centre has produced a new resource booklet, Learning from Stories: Breastfeeding and Younger Women. The booklet explore the actions being taken in Ontario to support breastfeeding and younger women.

The booklet contains stories gathered from breastfeeding women and health care providers are intended to help health care and social service providers to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
For Parents
Parenting Through the Storm
"You are not alone – if you feel like your family is the only family or you are defective or did it all wrong, it is not true. There is so much stigma that keeps people quiet and it keeps us feeling isolated."

Check out Dr. Vanessa Lapointe's blog post this month, where she interviews Ann Douglas, author of Parenting Through the Storm--a book that guides parents through the very emotional and challenging times of a child being diagnosed and treated for mental health, neuro-developmental, or behavioral challenges.
Talking to your children about the U.S. Election
Worried about crude language coming out of the U.S. election campaign? Are you wondering what you should do when your children hear the comments?

"Those are tough conversations to have with your children, but I think the most important thing is that we do have to have those conversations"

Read more from CBC on talking to your children about the election.
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