Finding quality child care can be a difficult task. Thankfully, there are folks who can help! Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre provides information, referrals, training and resources to families, individuals and organizations who are seeking the best care and early learning for children. They also publish a Parents' Guide to Selecting and Monitoring Child Care in BC.
Also, on Wednesday, October 15 during the afternoon drop in (1 - 3 PM), advisers from Westcoast Childcare Resource will visit us with information about how to choose quality child care, they can also help you customize a child care list for your specific needs, or provide information about current vacancies. We hope to see you there!
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It costs a lot of money to support a family and everyone needs as much help as they can get. Today we have a bit of information about Education & Training Savings Plans as well as the Humanomics Youth Savings Account.
Families in British Columbia are encouraged to start planning and saving early for their children’s post-secondary education or training program. To help, the B.C. Government will contribute a grant of $1,200 to eligible children through the BCTES grant. You can find out more details about the grant here and you can watch a short informative video here.
The Humanomics Youth Savings Account offer is available for a limited time at participating Humanomics credit unions. These accounts are for 11 or 12 year olds. They must open the account in their own name, with a deposit of $25, or a recurring monthly deposit of $10 for three months. On the account's first year anniversary, there's a bonus of 20%*. By the third year, there's a bonus of 5%*. That’s up to $125 for free. You can find out more information on the Humanomics website (they also have a short informative video, too).
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Today is Vancouver's Family Place Day! To celebrate this and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we are having a potluck after our morning drop in. Our drop in will start at the normal time (9:30 AM), and the potluck lunch will begin at 11:30 AM. We would love to have you join us!, just show up with some food to share!
There are also four other Family Places in Vancouver. Please take a few minutes to peruse their websites to find out more!
The text of the Proclamation above (for those interested):
Whereas Family Places (also known as Family Resource Programs FRPs) make a difference in the lives of families with young children and build healthy relationships and community networks;
And Whereas Family Places work with their communities on different levels to address issues around family support, settlement, parenting, early childhood development, isolation, advocacy, and community;
And Whereas Family Places provide opportunities for families to come together to learn, share, network, and support each other;
And Whereas Family Places are active in their efforts to find support to run their many family-focused programs and services;
And Whereas Families and caregivers with young children (ages 0 to 6), volunteers and community partners, come together to create healthy, caring, and inclusive communities for everyone;
And Whereas Our communities are better places in which to live when families have opportunities to form healthy relationships and build community;
Now, Therefore, I, Gregor Robertson, Mayor of the City of Vancouver, Do Hereby Proclaim Thursday, October 9th as
Family Place Day in the city of Vancouver.
Today we have a video preview of the course we run occasionally throughout the year. The speaker is Dr. Gordon Neufeld, a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 40 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change.
Dental Workshop Tomorrow! (October 8) Our local Community Health Dental Team will be visiting both drop-in sessions. They will be available to take a look at your child's teeth and answer any questions you might have about oral hygiene.
Why is caring for these little baby teeth so important? Here is an answer from Vancouver Coastal Health's Dental Program website: "Healthy baby teeth will help your baby eat foods, learn to talk, smile and feel good about themselves as well as hold spaces for the adult teeth. It is easy for babies and children to get tooth decay so parents need to do daily mouth care for their babies right from the start. Your baby's teeth are already forming before he or she is even born."
You can find answers to more dental health questions here!
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This week is National Family Week! To celebrate this special week, we will be posting daily to our blog and to our Facebook page various topics that families might find interesting. We begin the week with thoughts and opportunities related to mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment, which can be trained by meditational practices derived from Buddhist anapanasati. As parents, it can be very difficult to be mindful and present because there are so many distractions and stresses pulling our focus.
The Dalai Lama is returning to Vancouver to engage and inspire prominent thought leaders from business, education and the community to ‘be the village’ to expand a focus on heart-mind well-being in children and youth in British Columbia. We have two free tickets to this conversation taking place on Tuesday 21 October, 2014. We are collecting names of those interested and able to attend this event. At the end of the week, we will draw a name out of all those collected.
Also, the Mount Pleasant Family Centre is part of the Windows of Opportunity Early Childhood Development Table, the participants of which hope to put on a Heart-Mind Conference for families in 2015. Until we have more information about this conference, we encourage you to take on the Heart-Mind Challenge and let us know about your experience!
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