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Return to Work Safety Plan - June 29, 2020
 
MPFCS is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for reopening the workplace that eliminates the risk of COVID-19 infection. This document provides interim guidance protocols for the prevention and control of COVID-19 among staff, volunteers and participants as of June 21, 2020. It is based on the latest available best practices and scientific evidence and is in keeping with BC’s COVID-19 Go Forward Management Strategy and WorkSafeBC’s COVID-19 and returning to safe operation guidelines.
 
This document may be updated from time to time as information and guidance change or are updated.
 
Each site will adopt and make available the plan to staff, volunteers and participants. Management and staff are responsible for implementing and complying with these protocols. Managers will ensure staff follow these protocols, as well as, any site-specific guidelines. Planning for staff providing in-person services to participants will be done in accordance with allguidelines.
 
Step 1: Assess the risks at the workplace
Assessment
 Risk-prone areas where individuals gather including shared offices, meeting rooms, lunch tables, playrooms, playgrounds and shared washrooms were identified;
 High-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, elevator buttons and light switches and shared workplace equipment, kitchen equipment and tools were identified;
 Job tasks and activities where staff are close to one another (circles time, accompaniments, home visits, office visits) or members of the public not in our work bubble were identified (community partners);
 Frontline staff, managers, were involved in identifying areas where there may be risks, either through close physical proximity or through contaminated surfaces.
 
Step 2: Implement protocols to reduce the risks
In protocols to protect against identified risks, information and guidance were sought from the following:
WorkSafeBC industry-specific protocols;
Orders, guidance and notices issued by B.C. health officer that’s relevant to our industry;
MPFCS’s managers and frontline workers and,
 MPFCS’s Policies and Procedures Emergency Manual
 
Reducing the risk of person-to-person transmission
To reduce the risk of the virus spreading through droplets in the air, we have implemented protocols to protect against identified risks. Different protocols offer different levels of protection. Wherever possible, we have used the protocol that offers the highest level of protection. We considered controls from additional levels if the first level wasn’t practicable or does not control the risk and in corporate controls from various levels to address the risk at our workplace.
 
FIRST-LEVEL PROTECTION (elimination): Limiting the number of people at the workplace and ensuring physical distance whenever possible.
Measures in place
 Physical layout of the workplace was reconfigured to keep staff and others 2 metres/6 feet apart.
 Only a minimum number of staff are allowed to return to the workplace by implementing staggered or rotating schedules, reorganizing work tasks and allowing for work-from-home, where feasible.
 Visits to the workplace by visitors and vendors are limited to essential visits only. Visits are pre- arranged, staggered, and safety protocols communicated before entry into the workplace. A record of visitors and vendors to the workplace is retained for contacttracing.
 Visitors are advised to attend appointments alone and reduce time spent in waiting area before their appointments (e.g. request to wait in the vehicles, text message or call when ready).
 No meeting or event of more than 50 people will be organized or attended bystaff.
 Use of meeting rooms for non-essential activities and events isdiscouraged.
 Non-essential travel to other work locations is notallowed.
 Staff is encouraged to hold virtual meetings over in-personmeetings.
 Where reasonably practical, interior doors are to remain open to avoid regular touching and contact.
 Deliveries are directed to the main entrance or pre-arrangedarea.
Restricting entry to public
 Participants will only be seen by appointment.
 All front line staff will ask the client verbally to confirm that:
  • 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.
If the answer to any of the above questions is positive, the person will not be allowed entry.
 
SECOND-LEVEL PROTECTION (engineering): Barriers and partitions
Measures in place
Plexiglass barriers are installed in areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained such as receptions, meetings rooms at ISSofBC.
 
THIRD-LEVEL PROTECTION (administrative): Rules and guidelines
Measures in place
 All staff returning to work in their office receive information on reopening protocols and guidelines through a combination of training andsignage.
 Signage is being utilized from various external partners; simplified signage is being produced in-house. Signs will be posted in applicable areas to remind staff/guests of protocols in place.
 Signage is posted at the main entrance, restricting access to the workplace to those who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. (e.g. anyone who experiences fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, loss of taste and smell or anyone directed by Public Health to self-isolate will not be allowed in thebuilding).
 Anyone who has been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, or has travelled outside of Canada, must isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
 Staff must assess themselves daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza or COVID-19 prior to entering the workplace.
 Posters on physical distancing, occupancy limits and hygiene practices are displayed at the workplace.
 No communal food or drinks are allowed.
 Sharing of tools and equipment (e.g. keyboards, pens, telephones) between and among staff is discouraged. If sharing is required (e.g. photocopiers), staff is provided with cleaning solution to clean and disinfect after each use.
 All communal items (e.g. utensils, plates, coffee makers) are removed.
 
FOURTH-LEVEL PROTECTION: Using masks (optional measure in addition to other control measures)
Measures in place
 Staff are provided with washable, reusable masks (MPFCS will reimburse employees for the cost of purchasing the reusable mask of their choice).
 Masks must be used where physical distancing is a challenge or, to provide a physical barrier that may help to prevent the transmission of the virus. The use of mask is primarily to protect others, as opposed to protecting the individual wearing the mask. Frontline workers (e.g. receptionists, service assistants, registrars, etc.) and maintenance team will wear a mask and/or face shield if they are unable to maintain proper physical distance from others.
 PPEs will only be used in combination with other control measures.
 Staff should avoid touching the mask or eye protection unnecessarily, and if they have to, they must perform hand hygiene immediately.
 Reusable PPE (face shields, cloth masks) must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
 Single-use PPE (gloves, masks) must be properly disposed of in trash bins with covers or lids.
Instructions on the correct use and handling of masks are disseminated through training and signage.
 Managers will monitor and maintain the distribution and replacement of PPE supplies as needed.
 
Reducing risk of surface transmission through effective cleaning and hygiene practices
Measures in place
Facilitating frequent handwashing and good hygiene practices are a priority during the reopening of any MPFCS site. Information on how and when to wash hands and other hygienic practices is communicated through training and signage:
 Wash hands with hot water and soap for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with a minimum concentration of 60%alcohol.
 Handwashing is essential:
  • 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
 Maintain good respiratory etiquette:
  • coughing into a sleeve
  • sneezing into a tissue
  • avoid touching the face
 Using gloves alone is not a substitute for handwashing.
 Hand sanitizer is provided at the entrance and multiple locations in the workplace.
 Safe place for visitors to dispose of used sanitizing wipes and other PPEs is provided.
 Handshakes and other contact methods of greetings are strongly discouraged.
 
Cleaning protocols in compliance with health guidelines and physical adjustments to simplify the cleaning process are in place:
 Increasing frequency of cleaning and disinfection in high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces (e.g. doorknobs, handrails, elevator buttons, light switches).
 Staff team conducts daytime cleaning and disinfecting of high-contact items, shared tools and frequently touched areas such as washroom door handle, toilet flush.
 Staff will clean and disinfect surfaces, while wearing gloves, after meeting with participants or volunteers.
 If a person becomes ill or tests positive for COVID-19, the affected and common areas will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by a qualified service provider.
 
Cleaning Protocols for Drop-in Space:
For younger children, maintaining physical distance is less practical and Provincial Health Office Guidelines focus on minimizing physical contact instead. With this in mind, we will keep the play environment as natural as possible and find creative ways to interact with each other. Provincial standards will inform cleaning/disinfecting of drop-in space.
 Toys that enter the mouth or come in contact with bodily fluids will be removed immediately, then cleaned and sanitized before they are put back into the room for use.
 Plush toys, dress up clothes will be removed; children will not be allowed to bring toys from home into the space.
 Wherever possible, children will not be permitted to share items in the drop-in space.
 Each station will have adequate supplies for children to access their own set of materials.
 Once we open for Drop in staff will frequently do a thorough, more detailed cleaning/disinfecting
 Adequate supply of cleaning and disinfection products and materials will be maintained.
 Adequate ventilation will be maintained in the drop-in space.
 Outdoor space will be used for programming during approved times only.
 Staff will do a scan of the environment prior to use and only use limited Drop in toys and equipment.
Measures in place
 All staff returning to work will be updated on any changes made to the safety plan as it evolves, and will notify their Manager by email or verbally follow-up by an email, any questions or concern regarding the safety plan.
 All returning staff have access to service procedures that address issues such as:
  • 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.
 Staff, volunteers, participants and others are not allowed to enter the workplace if they:
  • 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.
 Staff at work who subsequently feel symptomatic from the onset of an illness including but not limited to: fever, sore throat, beginning to cough, should:
  • 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.
 Staff working from home will follow the MPFCS Guidelines for Remote Work during COVID-19.
 
Step 4: Communication Plans and Training
Management will ensure that everyone entering the workplace, including workers from other employers, knows how to keep themselves safe while at our workplace.
Measures in place
Training
 All staff have access to the MPFCS Return-to-Work Safety Plan posted on the MPFCS website.
 Staff at specific sites have access to any addendums to the safety plan that are applicable to that site.
Communication Plan
This communication plan ensures that everyone entering the workplace, is provided with information to keep themselves safe while at our workplace.
Measures include:
 Coordinating and providing communication support in disseminating timely announcements, updates, and policies and procedures, related to reopening to staff, as well as, the public, through online (website, social media, email, texts) and traditional communication platforms (printed copies, bulletin boards). Information includes:
  • Activity schedules
  • Reopening safety plan
  • Reopening contact person – Gini Bonner, Executive Director MPFCS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Providing communication support for training initiatives related to reopening.
 Posting signage at site entrance restricting entry by anyone with identified risk conditions.
 Displaying posters in visible common areas promoting the following messages:
  • Physical distancing
  • Infection control tips
 Displaying posters in target areas inside the workplace on key hygiene practices;
 Posting occupancy limit for frequently-accessed common areas (YTD).
 Maintaining and providing timely communication support as conditions, regulations, government rulings change
 
Step 5: Monitor workplace and update plans as necessary
Things may change as operations resume. As new areas of concern are identified, steps to update the
practices and procedures are taken.
Measures in place
A plan to monitor risks that involves regular check-ins with program Managers supervisors is in place.
Staff will direct any safety concerns to their immediate supervisor or Manager.
 
Step 6: Assessing and addressing risks from reopening
Risks for reopening after prolonged period of remote work operations are identified and addressed.
Measures in place
All required organizational and administrative adjustments are made before reopening.
Staff returning to work receive an orientation by the Leadership team to ensure they understand the workplace changes that have been made and the procedures to be followed.
Where applicable, staff receive training on any new roles or responsibilities assigned, and any new equipment or processes being used.

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

June Newsletter

May 28, 2020

 


2910 St. George Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 4L9
604-872-6757
www.mpfamilycentre.ca
JUNE NEWSLETTER
Executive Director's Spring Report 
 
Dear Members

Wow!  What can I say?  These are strange times for all of us and particularly if in the past your daily routine included visiting our playroom and enjoying the good company of other parents and the wonderful  personal interactions with the Family Support Workers in the Family Drop in. Since March 2020,  we have reached out to as many families as we have had contact information for and we are learning a variety of new ways to show we sincerely care about the children and families in our community.  While we are not experts with social media and many of us are very shy to be recorded and on display, I think the staff at the Family Centre is doing an amazing job staying connected with families and we are doing our best to fulfill our your needs and to maintain appropriate safety protocols.  All of the adapted services we are now offering are listed on our website at www.mpfamilycentre.ca and I encourage you to have look – if you see something missing let us know!   In addition I want to take this opportunity to promote our membership and to ask each of you to renew and then ask a friend or neighbour to become a new member!  The small revenue that we gather through membership demonstrates to our funders that we are valued and essential to a happy, healthy and thriving community.
 
I hope you are doing OK and enjoying this novel time at home – Ho'oponopono
 
With kind regards, 
Gini Bonner
Executive Director, MPFCS
Gone but never forgotten! Janice Bavis

Sadly, on April 23, 2020 Janice Elizabeth Bavis slipped away in the loving company of her family. Janice was a long time playroom volunteer and great friend of the staff at Mount Pleasant Family Centre Drop in and a very special woman indeed.  Janice rose to the many challenges of Down Syndrome over the years to lead a full and productive life. One of the first special needs students to be integrated in the 70's, she attended her local school and joined in many community activities.

After graduation, she volunteered many hours at West Side Family Place and Arbutus Montessori, and her favourite Mount Pleasant Family Centre. Her indomitable spirit led her to overcome many health crises in her life. 
All of us at Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society wishes to send heartfelt condolences to the Baivs family and close relatives and wants to ensure you all that Janice has left an indelible mark on our hearts and on our lives.

Gone but never forgotten!



MAY IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH - PLEASE SHOW US SOME LOVE!

Dear participants and supporters of the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society
It’s that time of year again when we are reaching out to ask for your financial contributions to our programs by renewing your MPFCS Membership.  As a special thanks to those of you who renew before May 30th we will enter your name in a draw for a MPFCS Gift Basket that includes: 25$ Coupon for the Vancouver Farmers Markets, 3 Family Activity Kits, and 4 tickets to the Capilano Suspension Bridge (valid for one year), and a $75 Gift Card for Buy Low Foods generously donated by the MPFCS Board Members.
While we recognize the uncertainty of the future we hope that you will consider our services as a vital part of your support network going forward. Membership fees are a critical part of our annual revenue and help fund our Family Drop in, parent education, workshops, special event and seasonal celebrations.  Membership is an integral part of community participation and an effective way to contribute to our sustainability.
Benefits of Membership
  • Invitation to participate and vote at our Annual General Meeting and enjoy a special night of information sharing
  • The opportunity to serve on the MPFCS Board of Directors
  • The opportunity to join one of our fundraising committees and gain valuable knowledge and skills
  • Eligible to rent the playroom for your children’s birthday parties –including staff support
  • May be eligible to register for ABC time, adult workshops and parent education programs
Annual membership runs from May 1st to April 30th and cost $45 per year.
If you would like to sign for membership or want to renew an existing membership  please go directly to our membership page
Featured board member of the Month: Bernadette Aquino

Growing up, I was taught to appreciate the little things life brings. Every challenge and their reward, every success and failure, as well as every person you encounter and form relationships with. For they are what shaped us into who we are today.
Everyone is going through similar challenges, which is why we must be kind. Offer a helping hand, or an ear to listen. It need not be grand gestures to show you care.
Uncertain times make everyone vulnerable. It is during these times we must exemplify what it is to be compassionate and caring humans. To bond together, strengthen and support each other.
Here’s hoping that everyone has a great summer! Be safe.

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Family Drop-In 

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. 
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 necessary and to maintain our high standard of cleanliness!

Family Time
Every Tuesday and Thursday mornings we 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!
 
Dads’ Drop-In
Negar, Isabelle and Andy are facilitating either a story time, circle time for Dads/male caregivers and children.  Once a month they also host a live zoom coffee time featuring a “conversation starter” suggested by participants.  The first live session on Zoom will be on May 30th at 9:30 am, registration is required with first priority going to dads but everyone is welcome. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration and to receive an invite. 
 
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!
 
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
 
CurbSide Chats
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!  Therefore 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.
 
Activity Kits
MPFCS Playroom staff have been busy putting together small activity kits for families to work on at home.  If you would like a kit please let us know during our phone check-in or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will make arrangements to get one to you. Once you have completed your art activity please send us a picture (to the same email address) and we would share the pictures during our videos for you and your children to see!
 
Community Art and Craft
We are sure many of you are so creative when it comes to art and craft, if you would like, you can share your art and craft ideas along with a tutorial video or pictures of how to make that craft for our families and email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we can post it in our Facebook.
 
Toy Lending Library
We offer a great selection of developmentally appropriate toys, games, puzzles and books for young children, toddlers and preschoolers as well as adult’s books and parenting resources. If you would like to select the items you wish to borrow please let us know during our phone check-in or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will make arrangements to give you one.
 
***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
If you have any suggestions of how we can support you further please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Circles of Care and Connection Program 
ISSofBC Welcome Centre
3rd Floor Playroom
2610 Victoria Drive

COVID-19 has not stopped the Circles of Care and Connection Program Staff from providing our services to the families.
  • Each Child and Family Settlement Worker communicates with their caseload via email, phone calls and ZOOM/videos.
  • Thanks to the Vancouver Foundation’s generous donation, the playroom staff have been producing activity kits containing art and craft supplies, books and games for the current families who live at ISS, as well as, families on our caseload.
  • We created a new partnership with Grandview Woodlands Food Connection, which provide food boxes containing fresh fruit and vegetables plus kitchen staples such as bread, eggs, milk, cheese, rice and yogurt.
  • The CFSWs provide curbside delivery of these boxes, while connecting with each family at a safe and social distance.
 
As Dr. Bonnie Henry would say, “This is our time to be kind, be calm and be safe”. We miss everyone and hope to see you all soon.

Pictured here is Jasmine, one of our CFSWs, delivering a food box and art kit to one of our families. And check out our popular art kits and these creations from our littlest artists!

 
2910 St. George Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 4L9
604-872-6757
www.mpfamilycentre.ca

MAY IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH
MAY IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH - PLEASE SHOW US SOME LOVE!

Dear participants and supporters of the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society
It’s that time of year again when we are reaching out to ask for your financial contributions to our programs by renewing your MPFCS Membership.  As a special thanks to those of you who renew before May 30th we will enter your name in a draw for a MPFCS Gift Basket that includes: 25$ Coupon for the Vancouver Farmers Markets, 3 Family Activity Kits, and 4 tickets to the Capilano Suspension Bridge (valid for one year), and a $75 Gift Card for Buy Low Foods generously donated by the MPFCS Board Members.

While we recognize the uncertainty of the future we hope that you will consider our services as a vital part of your support network going forward. Membership fees are a critical part of our annual revenue and help fund our Family Drop in, parent education, workshops, special event and seasonal celebrations.  Membership is an integral part of community participation and an effective way to contribute to our sustainability.
Benefits of Membership
  • Invitation to participate and vote at our Annual General Meeting and enjoy a special night of information sharing
  • The opportunity to serve on the MPFCS Board of Directors
  • The opportunity to join one of our fundraising committees and gain valuable knowledge and skills
  • Eligible to rent the playroom for your children’s birthday parties –including staff support
  • May be eligible to register for ABC time, adult workshops and parent education programs
Annual membership runs from May 1st to April 30th and cost $45 per year.
If you would like to sign for membership or want to renew an existing membership please go directly to our membership page
 
 
 

 


2910 St. George Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 4L9
604-872-6757
www.mpfamilycentre.ca
National Volunteer Week April 19-25, 2020


 

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!

Family Time

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!

 Dads’ Drop-In

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

Starting in April our highly skilled and trained facilitators, Flora and Negar will be taking registration for the Nobody’s Perfect workshop. Nobody’s Perfect is a parent support education group that allows parents to get a better understanding of their children’s development and meet other parents. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Please contact Flora for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on her work cell phone: 236-788-3349

 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

 CurbSide Chats

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.

 Actitivy Kits

MPFCS Playroom staff have been busy putting together small activity kits for families to work on at home. If you would like a kit please let us know during our phone check-in or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will make arrangements to get one to you. Once you have completed your art activity please send us a picture (to the same email address) and we would share the pictures during our videos for you and your children to see!

Community Art and Craft

  We are sure many of you are so creative when it comes to art and craft, if you would like you can share your art and craft ideas along with a tutorial video or pictures of how to make that craft for our families and email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can post it in our Facebook.

Toy Lending Library

We offer a great selection of developmentally appropriate toys, games, puzzles and books for young children, toddlers and preschoolers as well as adult’s books and parenting resources. If you would like to select the items you wish to borrow please let us know during our phone check-in or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will make arrangements to give you one.

 

***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

If you have any suggestions of how we can support you further please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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.

 
When?
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. 

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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