What’s happening? 
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
Wrap up
If you have any questions on the topic 
Self-Regulation in Early Years please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will try to answer them all during the webinar. 

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Thursday, 16 April 2020 18:32

The Wishing Star Developmental Clinic

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.

Please call 778-294-8732 or email the clinic at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need support or have questions.

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B.C. Support Services for your Family: one-on-one phone support

To help families connect and receive individual support for the challenges they are facing during the pandemic, the BC Council for Families has compiled a listing of currently operating agencies offering free, personal and immediate one-on-one support. This means a conversation with a real person you can trust.
General Referral Line to Support and Services  
BC 211: Dial 2-11 to speak with a trained referral specialist who can connect you with support for financial, mental health and addiction, legal, housing, emergency services and many other issues. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m anywhere in BC.  
Support for children and youth 
Kids Help Phone: Speak with a counsellor with Canada’s only 24/7 free, national, confidential support line. Call 1-800-668-6868 or Text CONNECT to 686868. 
Mental Health Support
Kelty Mental Health: Get free mental health and substance use information, support, resources, mental health system navigation assistance and peer support from Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 1-800-665-1822, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC: Receive free, confidential support during times of distress, 24 hours a day seven days a week. Call one of their support or distress lines, or chat online.
  • Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311 (voicemail, with others) 
  • Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky: 1-866-661-3311
  • BC Wide: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) 
  • Seniors’ Distress Line: 604-872-1234
  • Online Chat Service for Youth: www.YouthInBC.com (Noon to 1am)
  • Online Chat Service for Adults: www.CrisisCentreChat.ca (Noon to 1am)
KUU-US Aboriginal Crisis Line: Aboriginal adults/elders and child/youth who are in distress can call this 24/7 crisis line throughout BC and receive free, confidential support. Call 1-800-588-8717
Support for women experiencing violence 
Battered Women’s Support Services: Women and girls experiencing gender-based domestic violence can receive emotional support, counselling, and referrals. Call 604-687-1867 or 1-855-687-1868 from Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Medical Support 
HealthLink BC: A health professional will answer your call and provide health navigation, connecting you to a nurse, dietician, exercise professional or pharmacist. Dial 8-1-1. 
In the event of an emergency, always dial 911


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