NACY's hitting the road ... first stop, Atlantic Canada! 
We are coordinating a series of think tanks across Canada, with out second one to be held March 23-24, 2011 in Halifax, NS. The there of our think tank "Inform, Inspire, Innovate," aims to assist the sector in developing a series of strategies and best practices for dealing with and overcoming organizational and sectoral challenges. This will be a unique opportunity for child and youth leaders in Atlantic Canada to gather and to take stock of the sector in Canada, to share their knowledge and experience, and to provide guidance and advice that will be shared nationally on how to survice and grow during challenging times. If you are interested, please email us at: [email protected].

NACY meets with HRSDC Senior Officals

NACY recently met with HRSDC's Deputy Minister, Ian Shugart and Associat Deputy Minister, Allen Sutherland to discuss the current state of national social policy concerning children, youth and families. We were interested in HRSDC's perspective on this and were pleased to see opportunities for future collaboration in the renewal process of our social federation and developing new and innovative thinking.


Take our Survey!
If your organization supports children, youth and/or their families, we would like to hear from you. Take part in our Survey and let us know how the economic downturn has had an impact on your organization. (version française du sondage)

Join NACY's SuperSearch Network

Within our Taking Stock project, one activity is to provide sector members with a more robust NACY website to: share project and sector solutions; provide a central access site for the child and youth sector; and profile a catalogue of child and youth sector nonprofit agency best practices. The NACY website will therefore be updated and enhanced with additional features, the first of which is NACY's new SuperSearch engine.  


NACY's new SuperSearch will enable users to search through child and youth sector and other relevant websites using just one central search engine. It is a one-stop solution to search for useful information and resources on issues that impact (or are relevant to) the sector specifically and the nonprofit world in general.


NACY is asking organizations to join our SuperSearch network. For more information about NACY's SuperSearch we invite you to read the factsheetIf you are interested in joining our SuperSearch network please fill out the form.


Call for NACY e-Digest Contribution

A vital part of NACY's mandate is its unique ability to bring together a wide variety of child and family serving organizations. This monthly e-Digest presents an excellent opportunity for NACY's members to communication with one another and to keep fellow activits updated on their organization's activities.


Whether you are preparing a press release, applying for governmetn grant, or planning a workshop or conference, NACY wants to hear about i! This e-Digest is here to profile the invaluable work of NACY's members. Please send your contributions to [email protected].  




Social Planning Council of Winnipeg (SPCW) Welcomes New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of SPCW welcomes Dennis Lewycky to the position of Executive Director. 

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CWLC's AGM & 2010 Achievement Awards

The CWLC will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, February 25, 2011 from 9 to 10 am in the Palladian Room of the Fairmount Chateau Laurier Hotel. The CWLC will also be celebrating the winners of the 2010 CWLC Achievement Awards including the winner of the new 2010 RBC Youth Achievement Award and bursary on Thursday, February 24, 2011 from 5 to 7 pm at the Fairmount Chateau Laurier Hotel. Please RSVP to [email protected].


In the best interests of children and families: Early childhood education and care in Alberta 

Report from the Muttart Foundation provides an overview of the current funding and delivery of ECEC in Alberta and an alternate vision for ECEC that can better meet the needs of Alberta's children and their families. Read More


The Current State of Canadian Family Finances

Even though standard economic indicators tell us the recession is techincally over, The Vanier Institute of the Family's report indicates hat the confidence Canadian families have in their economic and financial situation is shaky. Read More



Children's Rights in Canada 2011: Show Your Support!
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children invites you to be part of a special process this year that could lead to improvement, if we work together. They are posting a series of reports on various aspects of children's rights on the 'Monitoring Page' of the CCRC website. New ones will be posted as they are ready. Over the next six months, the CCRC asks you to do two things:
  1. Use the reports to raise awareness about children's rights within your work and networks
  2. Give them feedback for next steps

The CCRC will present an updated, consolidated report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, in preparation for the official review of Canada's implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which will happen in June, 2012.

Democracy and experimentation: Two fundamental values for education
Paper by Peter Moss and Mathias Urban argues that "at a time when managerial, technical and market approaches are increasingly influential" in education, democracy and experimentation should be explored as alternatives. Read More

What a difference a decade makes: Counting the benefits of investmetn in early childhood development in Québec
Article by Christa Japel in Paediatrics & Child Health reviews the lessons that can be learned more than 10 years after Quebec's child care reform.
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Imagine Canada Releases its Third Sector Monitor

The Sector Monitor survey program was launched at the end of 2009 to regularly monitor the state of charities across the country and their ability to deliver their missions. Read More


Debate: Canada needs a national child-care policy

As Canada gears up for a possible federal election, child care has roared back onto the public agenda.  Read More


Beyond child's play: Caring for and educating young children in Canada

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has now made this 2009 issue of Our Schools/Ourselves available online. It brings together Canada's leading researchers, writers and activists to discuss how we can best care for and educate our young children. Read More


Five years after cancelling the national child care program

Press release by child care advocates and women's groups on the 5th anniversary of Harper's cancellation of a national child care program says "Canada urgently needs a public system of early childhood education and care." Read More


Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario has been renamed to the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. In addition to the new name, the Centre has also refreshed its visual identity and is also offering many new communication materials, information channels, a new website, and engagement opportunities which will illustrate the refreshed and rejuvenated Centre brand. 


During the next six years, the Centre will focus on delivering programs and activities designed to foster the sharing and use of knowledge in the daily practice of front-line service providers. Their new strategic plan outlines three key strategic priorities:

  • Foster a culture of organizational learning to support agencies in using evidence to improve client outcomes.
  • Build and develop collaborative partnerships to sustain capacity within mental health services. 
  • Be a true learning organization and lead by example.


Families, time and well-being in Canada
Paper by two Dalhousie University researchers documents evolutions in income, working hours and "time crunch" for two-parent Canadian families with children. Read More

UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre's Report Card 9 finds that Canada lags far behind in equality of children's material well-being - placing 17th of in equality of children's material well-being - placing 17th of 24 countries.The children left behind: A league table of inequality in child well-being in the world's rich countries 

Report in pdf (see pg. 27 for child care discussion)
UNICEF Canada press release

See also:

UNICEF Canada is calling for the creation of a National Children's Commissioner for Canada

Haynessy's Index

New monthly feature from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives "highlights statistics found in the news and in CCPA research about Canada and its place in the world." Read More 


Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs Conference
Early Learning, and a Whole Lot More!

April 26-29, 2011 (Omni Mont-Royal Hotel, Montreal QC) 

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Gilles Julien, social pediatrician, Montreal QC
Dr. Jean Clinton, Hamilton ON
Carl Dunst, PhD, Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, Asheville, North Carolina, USA


See the program at  

 Register by February 28, 2011 to take advantage of the members' early-bird rate of $345. Regular registration fees for members after that date: $395


Journey of possibilities: Reggio inspirations in elementary contexts  

April 28 to April 30 (Calgary)

Save the date! Registration coming soon. This conference will bring together international and Canadian educators to discuss the Reggio Emilia philosophy in elementary and middle school contexts.


Reflections in practice

June 11-12 (Dartmouth)

Child Care Connections Nova Scotia hosts the province's 2011 child care conference and trade show, featuring a keynot address and professional development workshop with Margie Carter. 


Imagine Canada's National Summit 2011

November (Ottawa)

The National Summit will bring together sector representatives from across the country to advance the priorities identified in the revised Framework for Action (Summary Framework for Action) that will emerge from the provincial events and extended community conversations in 2010.

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