Listed below are a few websites that provide a variety of information on topics relating to children and families that may be of interest to you.
Toronto Public Libraries:
Programs, Classes and Exhibits for Kids & Families at: Coxwell, Pape, Jones, Riverdale, S. Walter Stewart]
Parent Education Workshops:
The SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (SickKids CCMH), formerly known as The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, offers a variety of different topics relevant to community parents and focuses on concerns that children and youth may be dealing with. Parent education workshops are free to attend: https://www.sickkidscmh.ca
Parent Educator Resources:
Pasquale is a Registered Early Childhood & Parent Educator and author of a book called KidStuff, a parenting handbook which has been featured on TV, radio and various newspapers. http://www.kidstuffseminars.com
Alyson Schafer is a therapist, author and internationally acclaimed parenting expert who empowers families by sharing her principles, rules and tools for raising happy and healthy children. Alyson teaches a variety of workshops in Canada, the US, and Europe. Her entertaining style and depth of knowledge will keep you engaged. https://alysonschafer.com/workshops/
Nutrition & Health:
Toronto Public Health – information in different languages on children’s health, nutrition and safety information: www.toronto.ca/health
Healthy Canadians Website – information on health related issues, nutrition and material and food recalls: www.healthycanadians.gc.ca
The Hospital for Sick Children – About Kids Health Website – information concerning children’s health and well-being for all ages and stages: www.aboutkidshealth.ca
Child Development & Services:
Toronto Speech & Language Services – services and information to support language and literacy development in young children: www.tpsls.on.ca/
Bullying Canada – Youth Website – information about bullying and resources to support youth and parents including a hotline (English & French): www.bullyingcanada.ca
Caring for Kids –Caring for Kids provides parents with information about their child’s and teen's health and well-being. Because the site is developed by the Canadian Paediatric Society — the voice of more than 3,000 Canadian paediatricians—you can be sure the information is reliable.
Family Service Toronto – Helps people face a wide variety of life challenges. For 100 years they have been assisting families and individuals through counselling, community development, advocacy and public education programs. Their services are available to everyone who lives or works in Toronto. http://www.familyservicetoronto.org/
Childlife – An organization committed to bringing busy parents and early childhood professionals customized workshops, consultations and strategies on early childhood development. Their holistic approach and variety of services enables optimum development and all things possible for kids. www.childlife.ca
Stop Gap Foundation - Their Ramp Project has been successful at highlighting how a simple ramp can make life easier for everyone. A Kindergarten class at Toronto's Mabin School helped a local business get a new StopGap ramp. Watch the video on twitter see the kindies view of fairness: https://twitter.com/StopGapRamp
Parents without Partners - Parents Without Partners (PWP), the largest international, non profit membership organization devoted to the welfare and interests of single parents and their children. Single parents may join one of the many chapter around the US and Canada; they may be male or female, custodial or non-custodial, separated, divorced, widowed or never married. http://www.parentswithoutpartners.org/
Dad Central Ontario – Committed to strong, healthy children by affirming and valuing the bond between fathers and their children, Dad Central Ontario (formerly the Father Involvement Initiative - Ontario Network) works to provide relevant and well-crafted information for fathers and for individuals, agencies, and programs working with fathers. http://dadcentral.ca/
Best Start Resource Centre - Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre is a key program of Health Nexus, a bilingual health promotion organization that works with diverse partners to build healthy, equitable and thriving communities. The Best Start Resource Centre supports service providers who work in preconception health, prenatal health and early child development. http://en.beststart.org/
Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation – information on local parks, recreation programs and activities for children and families: www.toronto.ca/parks
Children’s Health and Safety Association – the site will provide you with information on children’s safety in the home, on the internet, in the sun, etc: www.safekid.org/
Bike Safety – information concerning bike safety for children and adults: http://bikesafety.caa.ca
Children’s Car Seat Safety – visit this website for information on child care seat safety:
Green Initiatives at Jackman Public School:
Litterless Lunches @ Jackman
It's back to school time and you know what that means... packing school lunches and snacks. Ugh! What can Jackman parents do to make kids’ lunches more eco friendly? Here are some ideas to get you started…
1. Start with a reusable lunch bag.
2. Pack food in reusable containers. Even juice & water should go in reusable containers.
3. Reduce the use of store bought / packaged foods. Pre-packaged, single-serving foods create so much waste.
4. Reduce the use of disposables such as foil, plastic food wrap & plastic cutlery.
5. More fresh fruits & veggies. They can easily be cut into kid-friendly portions and placed in reusable containers.
6. Reuse ziploc bags.
Food for thought - Packing a littlerless lunch not only reduces waste, it’s often a healthier, cost-saving option for school lunches. Let’s be a community that makes responsible eco choices.
BOOMERANG LUNCH @ JACKMAN
Boomerang lunch... It's simple... what you bring to school for lunch is either eaten or returned to home. There are no garbage cans available in the lunch rooms.
1. Instead of ‘throwing out’ uneaten food, kids are asked to hold onto food to eat later. No waste.
2. Kids also take home unwanted food. This is done to spark a family conversation about food likes and dislikes. Changes to lunches may be needed. Less waste.
3. Any packaging that is used for lunches is also sent home. Hopefully this will spark another family conversation about reducing packaged foods. Pack a litterless lunch instead. Reducing waste.
At Jackman, we’re working to reduce our impact on the environment and that means reducing food waste. Boomerang lunch is a really good idea.
For more ideas on Waste Free Jackman check out our Eco Team blog:
Jackman Eco Team Blog: wastefreejackman.blogspot.ca