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Happy New Year!

We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday with friends and family! We look forward to a 2017 filled with happiness and health for everyone.

On January 27, we'll be moving to the Langley Early Years Centre, so please take note of our new address. The current mailing address will close effective January 21, 2017. Our emails and phone number will remain the same.

Also, be sure to follow us on Social Media throughout the year!


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News | Events & Training Workshops | Resources | Parent's Corner | Let's Talk


CRA Tax-Filing Changes

The CRA has noted several updates and changes to tax-filing policies. Among these changes is the Canada Child Benefit, which replaces old benefits under the Universal Child Care Benefit, the family tax cut, and children’s fitness and arts tax credits. The Children's art tax and and fitness tax have also been reduced. Learn more about these reductions by visiting CRA's website.

First Call Submission to CRA on Federal Policy Limitations

First Call has sent a submission to the CRA in regards to revising current policy that places limitations on the way charitable organizations can advocate for changes in legislation. First Call's submission is a response to the CRA asking for input on the matter, with other organizations such as Imagine Canada also providing responses. Read First Call's response and the specific policy in question here.

Head of Unicef in Vancouver

Head of Unicef Canada, David Morley was in Vancouver January 16 and 17 to speak about the rising inequality for children in Canada. Morley hosted a webinar and spoke at a BC Poverty Reduction Conference, highlighting the need for increased investment in early years services. This is the first of three discussions hosted by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition as part of their 2017 Speaker Series. Read more about David Morley's visit and the Speaker Series. 

$10 Child Care Can Boost BC Economy - New Study

Robert Fairholm and Lynell Anderson have recently published a study on the economic benefits of the $10 a day Child Care Plan. According to the report, $1 Million spent on child care creates the equivalent of 36.4 jobs, due to the "employment multiplier" in this type of government spending. Quebec has increased its GDP 1.7 percent as a result of implementing a $7 a day child care program. Learn more by reading the article or downloading the report.
On January 4 Inclusion BC launched the Kids Can't Wait campaign. Which aims to shed light on the long waits families and children to receive vital services. Some of the stories from families with long waits are available on the The BCACDI website. Inclusion BC has also released a report to support the campaign; it outlines key issues and challenges with current policy and it's effects on caregivers and parents. 

Supporters can sign the Inclusion BC petition and raise awareness on social media using #kidscantwait.

Events & Training Workshops

How Early Childhood Affects Lifelong Wellness: A Talk with Dr. Paul

Join us on January 26,2017 at the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture and be part of a free afternoon seminar! You’ll gain insight on how significant early childhood and family support is for lifelong health, be provided time to network with peers, and receive a free copy of Dr. Paul’s new book. Our Guest Speakers include Author & Pediatrician, Dr. Paul and Executive Director at FRP Canada, Kelly Stone. Register Now!

Voices in Action: The Federation's 2017 Social Policy Forum

Register for this interactive Social Policy Forum on February 16-17 in Victoria. Meet with politcal leaders and members in the Liberal, NDP, Green & Independent parties. Help paint a picture of what's important in the community sector; attendees will be able to pick a social issue and work with Federation staff to create an informal presentation on the topic that will be heard by invited politicians. Learn more and register here.

Children the Heart of the Matter Conference – Celebrating 20 years!

This two-day event on February 17 and February 18 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel will host keynote speakers and interactive workshops. The Keynote speakers include Dr. Deborah McNamara and Denita Dinger, with pre-conference training available on Friday February 17. Learn more about the event with this brochure, and register at this link.

PHAC Innovation Strategy Webinar: Guide to Policy-Influence Evaluation

Learn how to evaluate the impact of your health promotion interventions with this webinar on January 25, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (EST). This webinar is about PHAC's new tool, the Guide to Policy-Influence Evaluation, which can be downloaded here. Register for this event:

Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Webinars from the First Nations Health Authority

This series of webinars provides supports and training on ways to advance cultural safety and humility in your work practices. Four webinars are already released, and can be found on the FNHA website. The next webinar is on February 1, from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, titled "Pursuing Cultural Safety – From Unearthing Bias to Realizing Reconciliation". The link for the next session can be found here.

Making Meaning of Relationships: Treatment Approaches for Young Children and Their Caregivers

On February 27, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, participate in a webinar that will help practitioners in a variety of settings from infant development, child protection home visiting and health care. The framework provides strategies for guiding parents and will help practitioners increase their knowledge and skills to assess, plan and intervene effectively.  Register here.

Community Gaming Grants Workshop

Are you interested in applying for a community gaming grant? Get informed and learn how to properly apply and submit gaming grants in this workshop hosted by Community Gaming Grants Branch. Meet their staff, and hear about past grant recipients and their experience. This workshop is open to the public. Contact to arrange a face-to-face meeting after the workshop.
  • January 27, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Richmond at the Richmond City Centre Community Centre, Multipurpose Room 4.
  • February 15, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Nanaimo at the Nanaimo Port Theatre
  • March 2, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Castlegar at the Castlegar District Community Complex
  • March 16, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Prince George at the Ramada Plaza Prince George


Science of Early Childhood Development:

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education 

Have a Ball Together – Physical Activity and Early Childhood: Building Lifelong Habits Online Training Modules

Society for Children and Youth of BC

Canada Summer Jobs Funding

The Government of BC has invested in a provincial access license for anyone in BC to use the Science of Early Childhood Development (SECD) resource.
This free multimedia resource can be used for your own professional development, staff training, workshops, parent education or online teaching.

This free online course through UBCx will show you ways of incorporating indigenous culture, views, and history as part of the work you perform in your organization. The course starts January 24th, so don't miss out and enroll now!

These two online training modules support continued learning about physical activity and literacy for children 0-6. Both modules are free and can be completed independently from each other.

The Society for Children and Youth of BC hosts a variety of resources on children's and youth rights. All files are easily downloadable and range from frequently asked questions from parents, to UNCRC guiding principles. 

Are you planning to hire a student this summer? Canada Summer Jobs Funding is now open, learn more and apply for your grant before January 20, 2017

Parent's Corner

Some fun little parenting tricks!

What To Say When Everything is Not Going To Be Okay

This is such a tough question to ask yourself as a parent; what do you say to your kids when things aren't going to be okay? This article tries to answer that question with some interesting perspective.

Let's Talk!

We want to know what you're thinking, hearing or seeing in the sector. Have a workshop you want us to promote? Is there a particular topic you want to see more of in our newsletters? Is there a story at your centre you just have to tell someone about? Let us know, because we really want to hear you and let the rest of the province know too.

Contact: if you want to share or provide feedback to us. We look forward to hearing from you! 
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