How Toxic Stress Affects Us

The latest video from Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University looks at the impact of toxic stress on parents. What can be done? There are suggested resources for parents and policy makers to accompany this video.

The Roots of Reading Videos

Have you seen these videos? Well worth a look – or a second look! The Vancouver Public Library has created The Roots of Reading, a series of videos for parents and caregivers on early language and literacy development.  There’s an introductory video and then separate videos for talking, singing, playing, reading and writing. In addition,… Read more

Helping Children Learn

Have you seen the Learning Together Every Day booklets? If you’re working with adults who are working on their literacy skills and are parents of young children, here’s a great, made-in-BC resource to use.The three booklets are in easy-to-read English, and contain fun activities to do with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. You can find these… Read more

The ABC’s of Reading to Your Child

Have you ever seen story time in a laundromat? Here’s your chance! How to Help Your Child Love Reading is an article that introduces The ABC’s of Reading to Your Child video. Is there a right or wrong way to read to your child? Should you spend 20 minutes a day with a book in… Read more

Let’s Talk About Math!

Children’s brains are ready to understand number concepts earlier than many people expect. A little encouragement that is playful and part of everyday life can boost their learning. Let’s Talk About Math is a guide to introducing young children to math concepts and words. It shows how easy it can be to talk about math… Read more

Screen Sense

What role should screen media play in the life of very young children? Screen Sense, a new resource series from Zero to Three, helps answer that question. Screen Sense: What the Research Says About the Impact of Media on Children Aged 0-3 Years Old  summarizes the recent research. (Read the Executive Summary here.) The research… Read more

Things Every Parent Should Know About Play

Message in a BackpackTM Things Every Parent Should Know about Play is an article in the latest issue of NAEYC’s Teaching Young Children. It outlines the variety of skills children learn and develop through play, and includes the following key messages: Play is healthy Play reduces stress Play outside Play and learning go hand in… Read more

P is for Parents

Family literacy activities are based on parents and children together, but our attention is often focused on what parents are teaching and what children are learning. Parents are also learning. And, this year’s Family Literacy Week theme of healthy eating – “What’s on My Plate?” – provides examples of good practice in adult learning. Adults… Read more

“Thank you, Sam-I-Am!”

Today Joel Barohn, a registered dietitian and chef,  is sharing tips for helping children become healthy eaters. Do you remember discovering Sam-I-am and his Green Eggs and Ham?  Reading Dr. Seuss with my parents at bedtime, as I am sure many of you experienced, occurred not once, not twice, but quite often thrice.  Dr. Seuss’… Read more

Sesame Street in Communities

It’s Family Friday! Do you work with families with young children? Do you have a young family? Sesame Street in Communities is a website designed for you, the people who provide the “circle of care” that surrounds children. The web site provides free evidence-based resources to parents, caregivers, and community providers to help children to… Read more