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Many thanks to Morgan Reid, a local dad and member of the Family Centre, who facilitated discussions today related to media and technology. He left us with a few resource lists that we will have available for the next week or so. Here are a few links from Morgan's list:

 

From Common Sense Media

Family Media Agreement

Common Sense Media Tip Sheet for Parents

 

Books to Read

Understanding Media and Screen Time Effects on Children:

Virtual Child: The Terrifying Truth About What Technology is Doing to Children by Cris Rowan

 

Understanding Brain Development

The Female Brain and The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine

 

Advertising and Corporate Pursuit of Children

Childhood Under Siege by Joel Bakan

 

If you have any further questions about technology and its impact on families, feel free to email Morgan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Photo Credit: Nicolas Alejandro Street Photography via Compfight

Here is a little video of this year's Canada Day Celebration at the Mount Pleasant Family Centre. Thanks to all for attending, enjoy!

 

The Mt. Pleasant Family Centre recieved the following letter from Libby Davies in response to the postcard campaign organized by CAPC (Community Action Program for Children) and CPNP (Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program). Many thanks to all of our parents and caregivers who filled out a postcard telling our government officials just how important our services are to you and your children.

 

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Come one, come all to our Canada Day Celebration! 

Monday, June 30, from 10 AM - 2 PM, rain or shine.

Our regular drop-in will resume Wednesday, July 2.

 

We hope to see you there!

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It is with a heavy heart that we close our satellite drop in at Kimount Boys & Girls Club today.  This program has been a great support to families with young children, grandparents and  family day care providers.  Over the years we have developed a strong relationship with the Boys and Girls Club staff and management and have benefited greatly from their hospitality.  Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society Board and staff also wish to thank Margaret Kelly and Gisele McClain our Kimount staff team who have dedicated years of service to this program and as the cake says….We will miss you, Sayonara, Adios!

 

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The Mount Pleasant Family Centre is looking for committed adult volunteers who are interested in playing with children in the playroom setting. We need volunteers during our morning drop-ins: Monday - Thursday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Volunteers must complete a criminal record check before beginning.

If you are available and interested, please speak to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., our Executive Director.

Healthy City for All

April 29, 2014

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A few days ago, the City of Vancouver launched their “Talk Healthy City for All” engagement process for the Healthy City Strategy. Please share your bold and innovative ideas for reaching the Strategy’s targets over the next decade - on their online forum, through social media, at in-person ideas labs, or by hosting your own event.

 

Visit www.vancouver.ca/healthycity4all for more details - watch the video, check out the goals and targets, sign up for a SoapBox account and start posting your best and boldest ideas (and vote, comment and add to others). City staff and the Healthy City for All Leadership Table will be listening.

 

Plus, you could win a chance to discuss your idea with local and global social innovators at the Social Innovation Exchange Ideas Festival on May 30, or learn additional skills to turn your idea into action with a scholarship to attend the THNK Creative Leadership workshop hosted by FUEL on May 30!

In 2015, the BC government is introducing the new BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit to improve the affordability of child care and assist families with the cost of raising young children. The BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit, which is part of the Province’sEarly Years Strategy, is a tax-free monthly payment of up to a maximum of $55 per month – or $660 dollars per year – for each child under the age of six.

Benefits are based on the number of children in the family and the family's net income. The maximum benefit will be available to eligible families with family net incomes under $100,000. The benefit will start to phase out at $100,000 and will be fully phased out at $150,000. About 140,000 families will be eligible to receive the full benefit, while an additional 40,000 families with family net incomes over $100,000 will receive a partial benefit.

This benefit will be administered on a monthly basis through the Canada Child Tax Benefit system, withpayments starting in April 2015.To be eligible to receive the benefit, families must file their 2013 personal income tax returns even if they have no income to report.

For more information on the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit, please visit the Ministry’s website at:http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/tax_benefit.htm.

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