Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society
We are a non-profit society offering a range of resources and services for parents, caregivers and their young children, pre-birth to 6 years. A Home Away From Home, Mount Pleasant Family Centre is a place for families with young children to drop in, make new friends, learn new skills and receive support in times of need.
- They have not been diagnosed with COVID 19 nor had any symptoms in the last ten (10) days that could be COVID 19 (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath etc);
- Have not been directed by Public Health to self-isolate;
- Have not arrived from outside Canada in the past fourteen (14) days,and,
- Have not been in contact with a confirmed COVID 19 case in the past fourteen (14) days.
- when arriving at work
- before and after eating or drinking
- after using the washroom facilities
- before and after handling any tools or equipment
- before putting on and removing the mask
- before putting on and removing the gloves
- coughing into a sleeve
- sneezing into a tissue
- avoid touching the face
- ensuring compliance with posted maximum capacity for the playrooms at any one time,
- screening questions to be asked of participants or others to meet threshold level to enter the office.
- Have symptoms of COVID-19 – i.e. fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headache – in the last 10 days;
- Are directed by Public Health to self-isolate; or
- Have arrived from outside of Canada or who have had contact with a confirmed COVID- 19 case who must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
- immediately notify their Manager by email or phone.
- use disinfectant wipes to clean their desk, chair, keyboard and mouse, as well as, any other high- touch area before exiting the building.
- contact a friend, family member or emergency contact to pick them up if they do not feel able to get themselves home. When waiting to be picked-up, staff should wait outside the building.
- If they become ill and are in clear medical distress such that they need to be transported by ambulance to hospital, either call 911 themselves or have a staff member do so on their behalf.
- Activity schedules
- Reopening safety plan
- Physical distancing
- Infection control tips
MPFCS Anti-Racism Statement
The Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society stands against racism.We stand in solidarity with people who have suffered from racial injustice. Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter. We are angered and saddened by the ongoing experience of Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour within our community, and globally. We have spent the last few weeks reflecting on the persistence of systemic racism in our communities and we condemn the rise of anti-Asian racism that has occurred in light of the recent global pandemic.
We have the honour of working with families with young children from diverse backgrounds, and this is a huge opportunity for us to work forward towards change. We must recognize our role within these systems, our privilege, and our responsibility to educate ourselves and to take actions to make the world a better place for all children.
Some of our next steps include taking a critical look at our programs to identify how to make them more inclusive. We will also be collecting and sharing resources about race-based discrimination and invitingmore members of the community to join us. As we begin this work we are open to feedback and accountability. We are always listening and learning.
Sending love and peace,
MPFCS Staff and Board of Directors
During these unprecedented times due to COVID-19, we have closed our Family Drop in’s and outreach services in order to follow the provincial health guidelines that prevent the spread of COVID-19. Because of this, we are now creating new ways to support families online.
Welcome to a NEW way of sharing and caring for families, friends and the broader community!
Online programming will include recorded video’s of our traditional Family Time with songs, stories and art activities, Parenting Programs, a One to One Parent Hotline, Curbside Chats and Activity Kits, and Story time.
For each and every activity we offer MPFCS staff are observing social distancing and using the utmost care to wash our hands, use protective gloves when necesarry and to maintain our high standard of cleanliness!
First thing Tuesday and Thursday mornings we will post a new video recording of Family Time favorites brought to you by the familiar faces of Maria, Ewa, Alma, Negar and Shahira including songs, stories and art activities for you and your little ones to enjoy!
Negar, Isabelle and Andy will be facilitating either a story time, circle time for Dads/male caregivers and children. Once a month they will also host a live zoom coffee time featuring a “conversation starter” suggested by participants. Stay tuned for more information!
Storytime with Negar
Every Thursday mornings, we will post a new video recording of story time with Negar including your favorite stories and songs for you and your little ones to enjoy!
Nobody’s Perfect workshop
One to One Parent Hotline
When you need just a little bit more support: Follow-up with Flora by Phone!
Flora really misses seeing you all, sitting around the table exploring family issues with you.
Take heart! You can still connect, by phone!
Whether it's about eating, sleeping or surviving isolation with a toddler, let's continue searching for ways to support children, and preserve parent's mental health.
Give Flora a call, Monday to Friday, 9-4 pm, or by appointment 236-788-3349
For those of you who have ever taken a parenting class with us you know the time flies by too quickly and you are often left wishing for just one more session! Therfore with this in mind Flora will be visiting you (curbside) to offer just a little more 1:1 support. If you would like to sign up for a curbside chat please don’t hesitate to reach out to Flora on her work cell phone: 236-788-3349 to book at visit.
Community Art and Craft
Toy Lending Library
***For more information about our online programs please visit our website https://www.mpfamilycentre.ca
and check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/MPFamilyCentre
Families Canada (FC) and the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) are pleased to launch Early Childhood Development in a Time of Pandemic, a webinar series created in response to the current COVID-19 climate. The webinar will highlight some possible effects of the pandemic on young children’s behaviours and emotions and discuss ways to support children, families and service providers through a series of presentations and open plenary.
Isabelle Vinet, an expert in the prevention of disruptive behaviours during early childhood and Executive Director of the CEECD, will facilitate the series.
Every Wednesday starting TODAY at 1 PM EDT in English and 2 PM EDT in French.
How do I join?
Please register in advance for this webinar series at this link!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
What’s on the agenda for this week?
Introduction and welcome
Presentation on self-regulation in early years
Q&A and plenary
Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych. and her team at The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic are now providing services across the province of British Columbia on their newly established Telehealth platform. Also Dr Vanessa’s team has opened 70 short-term spaces for sliding scale clients with up to a 50% fee reduction for families that are in need.