Last March, as part of annual goal setting, the FRP Canada Board struck an ad hoc Sustainability Committee which was charged with the task of developing a long-term funding framework that would ensure the sustainability of the organization with a stronger, more diversified funding base less dependent on government project funding.
After a thorough review of all core costs and sources of revenue, the committee’s recommendations included an increase in membership fees for the first time in over ten years. A motion was put forward at the September 19th Annual General Meeting to change the annual FRP Canada membership fee to $150. This motion passed and the revised membership fee will take effect April 1, 2013.
The continuing support of member organizations across Canada is FRP Canada’s most valued asset, one which we do not take for granted. We sincerely hope that you understand the necessity of this action and that next spring your organization will once again renew its commitment to advancing the field of family support at a national level.
Anger in the Family
“You’re mean! I hate you!” When you’re tenderly cradling your newborn baby, you never expect that some day your child will yell those words at you in anger. It may be even harder to imagine that one day you could feel like yelling in anger . . . . Download >
is now open. Choose to pay with a credit card, or print an invoice and mail in a cheque. If you need to pay with next year’s money, contact us - we can make that work.
The early bird
rate for members of $405 expires on February 15
. Members can apply for a travel subsidy
until January 9, 2013.
Exciting workshops are being confirmed every day. See www.frp.ca/2013ConferenceProgram
for the details.
Applications are being received for Exhibitors and Program Showcase tables. See www.frp.ca/Exhibits
New e-Valuation system is getting a good workout
FRP Canada’s upgraded e-Valuation system is seeing lots of use this fall. Many members have taken part in free orientations sessions to learn the ins and outs of the improved online system which allows customization of the participant survey and gives coordinators more control over their account. Organizations are able to generate reports for their own programs as well as see results of aggregated data from their province or the whole country.
If you are curious whether this free, user-friendly system would work for your organization, visit frp-evaluation.ca
and check it out. To find out about upcoming orientations, or to register for the next webinar on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 2pm EST, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The goal of this project, that wrapped up on July 31, 2012, was to attract and engage isolated new Canadian families to community-based family resource programs in order to:
• build transferable skills
• enhance knowledge about Canadian practices and values
• increase intercultural understanding
• provide opportunities to contribute through volunteerism
• nurture broader social networks.
Twenty FRP Canada member organizations were funded as project sites to develop activities to meet this goal in their communities. See more about the project on www.welcomehere.ca/background
FRP Canada’s website www.welcomehere.ca now has a new look with more streamlined navigation and new resources. This website features resources, information and links for immigrant families and those who work with them. The French version will available soon.
Executive Director of FRP Canada becomes Chair of the National Alliance of Children and Youth
The National Alliance of Children and Youth (NACY) was incorporated in 2006 as an umbrella organization for the child, youth and family not-for-profit sector so that members could speak with a stronger voice about issues of concern to them and the populations they serve. NACY originated as an informal network under the name National Children’s Alliance; FRP Canada was a founding member.
In September Janice MacAulay was elected Chair of the NACY Board and she looks forward to bringing the perspectives of family support to the table.
If you are interested in learning more about NACY and possibly joining as a Member or Friend, visit www.nacy.ca >
Latest resources from Best Start Resource Centre
Reaching IN... Reaching OUT (RIRO) resources for facilitators
Breastfeeding video from Aboriginal perspective
Our Tradition, My Choice: One expectant mother’s journey about breastfeeding (Northwest Territories Prenatal Nutrition Program) is a documentary-style training video about the benefits of breastfeeding from an Aboriginal perspective.
New website devoted to proper car/booster seat use
Developed by the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada and other partners, the Car Safety and Kids website aims to create broader awareness of the importance of proper car seat and booster seat use and encourage correct and consistent child passenger restraint use as the socially expected norm. www.carsafetyandkids.ca
New formats for Nipissing District Development Screen (ndds) tools
The Pocket ndds
is a durable, spiral bound 5 x 7” booklet featuring all thirteen checklists with activities.
The Poster ndds
is a set of thirteen 11 x 17” posters featuring one checklist for each age.
10% off all orders using the coupon code "pocketposter" until December 24
For Me, as a Parent... toolkit for practitioners
The For Me, as a Parent… kit is neither a program nor an evaluation instrument, but rather an intervention support tool that offers concrete aid to professionals working to support parents in their roles with their children. http://formeasaparent.com
Read more >
Nurturing basic skills early on for lifelong learning – Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child
Executive function and self-regulation (ability to focus, filter distractions, hold and work with information) are skills that, with the right formative experiences, begin to develop in early childhood and continue to improve through the early adult years.
Changing roles and responsibilities for families in Canada
The recent issue of the Vanier Institute of the Family’s Transition magazine examines how changes in today’s society impact the way families and individual family members understand and fulfill their roles and responsibilities.
Statistics Canada: Portrait of Families and Living Arrangements in Canada
There were 5,587,165 children aged 14 and under who lived in private households in 2011. Most of these children lived with married (63.6%), common-law (16.3%) or lone (19.3%) parents, while 0.8% of children lived with other relatives or non-relatives. For the full report:
Report on the State of Public Health in Canada, 2012: Influencing Health – The Importance of Sex and Gender
The report examines how sex (i.e. biological characteristics) and gender (i.e. socio-cultural factors) interact with each other and with other determinants of health to influence health behaviours and symptoms, treatment effects and access to care for Canadians. From this examination, the report outlines interventions, programs and policies that have maintained and improved the current and future health and well-being of Canadians. It also identifies priority areas for action where Canada as a society can better incorporate sex- and gender-related issues in public health resulting in reduced health inequalities.
January 25-26, 2013, Parent-Child Mother Goose Program - Teacher Training Workshops, Toronto ON
(future Toronto training dates - April 12-13, June 7-8, September 27-28, 2013)
www.nald.ca/mothergooseprogram or contact Renita Fillatre at email@example.com, 416-588-5234
February 6-8, 2013, Best Start Conference, Toronto ON
February 27 - March 2, 2013, 5th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Research, Results and Relevance: Integrating Research, Policy and Promising Practice Around the World, Vancouver BC
March 23, 2013, Early Learning and Child Care Conference, Kitchener ON
April 16-17, 2013, Expanding Horizons for the Early Years 2013, Promoting Mental Health from Conception and Beyond, Toronto ON
April 23-26, 2013, FRP Canada national nonference, Family Well-being, Hilton Lac Leamy, Gatineau, QC.
U of T launches Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development
Responding to the challenge of providing every child the opportunity to have the best start in life. The Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development (IHD) brings together University of Toronto researchers from a variety of disciplines — such as education, medicine, psychology, biology and social work — to connect in new ways and make the most of the early years of human development. www.news.utoronto.ca/fraser-mustard-institute-human-development
Key initiatives addressing child and youth mental health
in the latest edition of the Child Welfare League of Canada's publication “Canada’s Children” http://cwlc.ca/sites/default/files/CWLC_CCV18-3-Aug20.pdf
Recent policy submission by Health Nexus on childhood obesity
Recommendations to the Ontario Healthy Kids Panel regarding provincial strategies to address child obesity. www.healthnexus.ca/newsroom/Health_Nexus_submission_Healthy_Kids_Panel_Sept2012.pdf
Funding Opportunity -- Canadian Tire Jumpstart
Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids participate in organized sport and recreation. They also support unique initiatives aimed at increasing access to sport and recreation programs. Applications for assistance can be submitted from January 15 to
June 1 for spring/summer programs. Read more >