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December 2016
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Happy Holidays!

It's that time of year! We wish you the very best this season and hope that you are able to enjoy the time with your family.

Please note that the office will be closed beginning December 21st. It will re-open January 3. In that time, e-mails will be answered intermittently.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
Thanks for coming to our AGM!
Thanks to everyone for attending our AGM, and especially to Teara and Kianna from the Raven Institute as well as Dr. Vanessa Lapoine for the informational and inspirational presentations.

We're excited to pass on that the Raven Institute has extended a promotion to all FRP-BC members for their upcoming Indigenous History and Cultural Awareness session on Jan 16th, 2016! The promo code frpbc gets you a 20% discount. You can register at
New Options for Leave from Work
The federal government launched an online consultation for considering two new options for eligible Canadians on leave from work to care for a newborn or a newly adopted child, in addition to the current possibility option of a combined 12 months of maternity and parental benefits. In response, the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada and 25 community and labour organizations have sent a joint letter expressing concerns with current federal consultations on parental leave.
New National Children's Advocacy Group
According to UNICEF's global index, Canada has been rated 17th out of 29 affluent nations for children's wellbeing. In wake of this report, Children First Canada, a new non-profit launched in November. Its aims to "improve children's wellbeing by building greater awareness among Canadians about the urgent needs of kids in our country, and mobilizing government, lawmakers and influencers to change the status quo."
7th Annual Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

March 1-4, 2017 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC. 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.

Register here:
Dr. Paul Roumeliotis Presentation: Save the Date!
Dr. Paul Roumeliotis is a pediatrician and public health leader, with a specific interest and focus on early child development support and its effects over the course of a lifetime. He'll join us with Kelly Stone, Executive Director of FRP Canada, for a discussion of his book "Baby comes home" and the role of family support in child health promotion. Save the date!

When: January 26, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: 6184 Ash Street, Vancouver, BC
Useful links and resources

Science of ECD - this website is a living textbook with five modules that provide an overview of early childhood development, examples of research, and links to practice. It can be used to train ECD practitioners.

Child Trends - provides research focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families.

Child Rights - This quick-read newsletter pulls material from the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights of interest to family support practitioners and the organizations for which they work. - Child health and wellness information for parents.
Research: What We're Reading
Canadian Index of Wellbeing: 2016 National Report
Among the calls from the 2016 National Report are a focus on an “upstream” approach for health promotion including "a range of community-based health and social supports and helps reduce pressure on the primary health care system." While not mentioned specifically, family resource programs provide this kind of "upstream" health promotion.
2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card
First Call has just released the 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card. Highlights from the report include:
  • 1 in 5 children are in poverty;
  • children under 6 are the most likely to be in poverty than other children and than the general population;
  • children make up 1/3 of food bank users; and
  • most poor children live with parents in the work force.
Columbia Basin Trust Grants
If you’re in South Eastern BC and looking for up to $5,000 for a small grant, apply for the Columbia Basin Trust grant here. The next review period is in January. URL:
Violence Prevention Grants
Canadian Women’s Foundation is now accepting proposals for Annual Violence Prevention Grants. Submission deadline is February 6th, 2017. URL:
New Societies Act Transition Training
Law For Non-Profits has created Societies Act Transition Hubs to support smaller and rural non-profit societies transition to the New Societies Act. Check these out:
Indigenous Cultural Training
The Raven Institute is hosting "Fostering Resiliency and Connection Through a Traditional Indigenous Lens" on January 16th in Vancouver. This engaging and inspiring workshop will provide a unique lens into the importance of focusing on resiliency in our work with Indigenous peoples. The Raven Institute has generously offered our members a discount of 20% when using the promo code: frpbc. Register here:
For Parents
Did you know that skin-to-skin contact can have huge benefits for your baby, including reducing pain?
What's driving your child's behaviour (and how to respond)
Does your child have difficult behaviours? Physical aggression, yelling, and whining are triggering events for parents. On Dr. Vanessa Lapointe's blog, Nicole Schwartz, parenting coach, explores reasons behind challenging behaviour, and appropriate ways to respond during your child’s heated moments.
Want to encourage your kids to be polite? Check out this parent's journey for authentically polite children.
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