NACY's Child & Youth Think Tank Session in Atlantic Canada: Highlight Report Available
Back in March 2011, NACY hosted its second Think Tank session in Halifax, NS. The theme of the think tank "Inform, Inspire, Innovate," aimed to assist our sector in developing a series of strategies and best practices for dealing with and overcoming organizational and sectoral challenges. This was 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 survive and grow during challenging times. 


The Think Tank report, as well as Katherine Scott's resourceful presentation on the current state of Canadian family finances, and the Taking Stock project overview presentation. Two more think tank sessions will be hosted over the next year. Stay tuned for more information, but in the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about the Taking Stock Project, you can email us at:

Call for Photos
NACY is looking to profile your good work in photos. If your organization has photos that convey the essence of your work and/or its impact in your community, we'd love to see them and show them to everyone else! Photos help explain ideas, concepts and convey stories. As we all know -- a picture is worth a thousand words. If we use your photos in our publications or on our web properties, we'll give credit to the organization. Your photos may be used in general NACY materials. Please email them to

Join NACY's SuperSearch Network

Within our Taking Stock project, one activity is to provide sector colleagues 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 SuperSearch feature enables 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



FRP Canada's Play & Parenting Update

The Summer 2011 issue of Play and Parenting, the newsletter of the Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs, is now available on the Web. The resource sheet with this issue is called "Your Family's Values in Action".


CEECD's New Aboriginal Products & new Key Messages for Parents

The Encyclopedia contains many different products on Early Childhood Development.  At its heart, hundreds of papers written by international experts on the most up-to-date scientific knowledge on 44 topics. From these papers, syntheses and Key Messages are developed for parents and practitioners, while Canadian representatives from Aboriginal communities are invited to give their perspectives on these experts' texts in "Voices from the Field" papers. Read the two new Aboriginal "Voices from the Field" and the key message for Aboriginal Parents on Physical Activity:


No Place Like Home: Aboriginal midwives in Every Aboriginal Community (Katsi Cook)

Poverty and Pregnancy in Aboriginal Communities (Lise Duchesneau)

Physical Activity and Young Children: A Fun and Healhy Habit


Numeracy: It adds up to more than counting

Preventing math learning difficulties: It adds up to success

Preventing reading difficulties: It spells success!

Social cognition: Helping your child understand people's thoughts and feelings


Early Childhood Education and Care in Toronto: Funding the Future

Paper by CRRU Executive Director, Martha Friendly, for the City of Toronto provides background research on child care funidng models, reviews current ECEC funding arrangements and makes recommendations to both the provincial and municipal governments. Read more.

CWLC's Call for Papers: Canada's Children

The Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC) is currently preparing the Fall edition of Canada's Children. This entire edition will be devoted to the Every Child Matters project and will focus on issues related to foster care in Canada. Should you be interested in submitting an article or editorial, please send in your submissions before August 10, 2011. Submissions are welcomed in French or English. Guidelines for Canada's Children are available by clicking here. Please contact Anna Ekins, Knowledge Development Coordinator at (tel) 613-235-4412 ext 26 or to submit your article.
BC's Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning & Virtual Tool Kit for Communities 
In April, the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC released their Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning.

A new Virtual Tool Kit for Communities
The kit includes ideas and resources to help build support for the Plan in your community. Fore more information:

Action to End Poverty in Alberta

The Poverty Reduction Strategy Initiative launched the social media part of their campaign for a provincial poverty reduction strategy. This includes three new communication tools that will contribut to the dialogue and discussion in the issue about the elements needed in the future strategy to reduce poverty in Alberta. Read more.
CHNET-Works! invites you to FREE Fireside chats
CHNET-Works! is a network of networks, using innovative information technology to support discussions and actions on pressing population health issues. The intent is to make leading edge research and application information accessible, to enable discussions and to support individual and collective action on population health issues. Working in partnership with provincial, territorial and national organizations, two streams are evident: continuing education and mobilizing the network to action. For informaiton on upcoming Fireside Chats, click here.
Children with Special Educational Needs in Early Childhood
Concept paper by Ryerson University's Kathryn Underwood and Rachel Langford for the Atkinson Centre Early Years Task Force. 
Early Learning in Ontario: From Policy to Implementation
Presentations and posters from the Atkinson/GBC Summer Institute 2011 held on June 1st. Video coming soon.  
Resources for Canadian Parents
This feature gathers websites, government contacts and community groups organized by province/territory to help families in finding child care, acessing subsidies, dealing with concerns, and getitng involved in the child care community.
Tax, Time and Territory: The Development of Early Childhood Education and Child Care in Canada and Great Britian
University of Toronto PhD dissertation by Luc Turgeon examines the evolution of Britain's and Canada's ECEC sectors, drawing on both extensive archival research and on interviews with policy-makers and ECEC activists. Read more.
Materials from the 2011 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Annual conference organized by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences featured a number of presentations of new research relevant to the early childhood education and care community. Read more.
New Website Aims to Protect Canadian Children is a new website launched by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection that provides vital information and assistance to parents of missing children. It is also a resource for law enforcement agencies across Canada that work tirelessly to reunite missing children with their families.

Every year, more than 50,000 children are reported missing in Canada. The website will act as a portal where communities and law enforcement can immediately access and/or share information on missing or abducted children, including Amber Alerts. has four primary functions: To assist in the location of missing children; To provide educational materials to help prevent children from going missing; To be an information resource centre on missing children; and To coordinate efforts and assist stakeholders in the delivery of missing children services.
Join the Consultation on the Child Rights Principles for Business Initiative
UNICEF, the UN Global Compact, and Save the Children are leading a process to develop global principles on the children's rights and business. These principles are intended to guide and support the private sector in becoming a more positive force for children, whether in the workplace, marketplace or community. We hope they will become a reference for all those concerned with children's rights and business, regardless of sector.
The group is developing the principles through consultation with a wide range of partners and contributors. They invite you to take pare in shaping these important principles through the online portal at the Business and Human Rights Resource Center website. You will find explanatory information, the draft principles an a simple process to contribute your views on the principles and how they can best be implemented. Contributions can be made in any of hte six UN languages. The online consultation will be open until 30 June 2011. You can contact Madison Goodacre ( with any queries that you may have about the consultation or the initiative.
Top Legal Mind to Tackly Cyberbullying in NS
Wayne MacKay, a law professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax and a noted human rights advocate, was recently chosen to lead a provincial cyberbullying task force by the Government of Nova Scotia. He was recently interviewed by The Halifax Chronicle Herald about the task force and what he hopes it can accomplish. In the article, MacKay admits the five-member task force faces a huge challenge in tackling what he considers to be an ever-growing problem. "It's somewhat of a different order of having your reputation damaged worldwide by having comments made or things done on the Internet," he said. The full article can be viewed by clicking here.
Funding Available for Healthy Transitions for Vulnerable Youth
The Community Action Initiative is designed to promote and support community-based, collaborative and culturally safe approaches to mental health and substance use. It was established through a $10M grant from the Province of British Columbia.

The Initiative provides funding opportunities for community groups and organizations to support cross-sectoral activities and projects that improve the mental health of children, youth and adults in British Columbia and reduce harms related to substance use. Their mission is to strengthen the capacity of communities and their members to participate in an expanded response continuum to mental health and substance use and to contribute to effective public policy.

This year initiatives related to "Healthy Transitions for Vulnerable Youth" are invited to apply for funding. Details are available at
UNICEF Canada Petition for National Children's Commissioner
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada ranks second in the world on a quality of life index. However, when examining the state and well-being of our children, Canada falls to the middle of the pack.

In early June, David Morley, president and CEO, UNICEF Canada, wrote a letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail in response to their original reporting on Canada's 2nd place ranking:
"Canada's second-place finish behind Australia in an OECD ranking of quality of life indicators looks laudatory, but in the race for that silver medal, our children are running behind their peers in other industrialized countries. When the health and development statistics of children are looked at in isolation from those of the general population, Canada suddenly drops to the middle of the pack.

Canada's children are a quarter of our population, but they're virtually invisible in our public policy debates. It's time for a national children's commissioner to assess the impact of federal laws on children, and for more transparent budgeting for children's programs and services at all levels."

UNICEF Canada has launched a petition for a National Children's Commissioner and are asking that you take the time to sign and forward it on. They will also soon launch a new letter-writing campaign in the near future. Please visit for more information or visit them on Facebook at
Occupational Standards Checklists
New tool from the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council "uses a checklist format that allows ECEs and administrators to evaluate themselves on their tasks and reflect on their skills, knowledge and abilities". More information, here.
Briefing Note on CHRT Tribunal
CWLC created a briefing note on the decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) regarding the complaint of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and Assembly of First Nations (AFN). To access the document, click here.
Permanency for Children in Ontario (Bill 179)
Ontarians have united in a call to action for permanency for children in Ontario. Bill 179 was the last bill to be signed by the Ontario legislation before it sat on June 2 2011. The Bill represents a huge step forward in developing a Provincial Permanency Agenda for Ontario that focuses totally on the need of children for permanency and the recognition that permanency is a family.

The force behind the legislation was the 2009 Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption lead by current governor general David Johnson. In November 2010, frustrated by inaction on the recommendations of the panel, families and youth spoke directly to government officials. Their voices were heard.

More notably, this bill was supported unanimously by all three parties and represents a comprehensive process of needs assessment that brought in the voice of families, adoptees, birth families and child welfare professionals. This will support continued collaboration, planning and action regardless of which political party is leading the province in Ontario. For more information, please visit the Adoption Council of Ontario's website.  

Federal Election 2011: What do the party platforms say?
CRRU has gathered links to the parties' election platforms and highlighted excerpts from their ECEC platforms or related family policies where include. Read more
Post Election Commentary
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit's new blog child care canada NOW features a post election commentary by CRRU's Executive Director Martha Friendly. Read more.
Federal Budget June 2011 & Responses
Links to the June 6 Federal Budget documents as well as a selection of responses from child care, social policy and labour groups. Read more.
Analysis of the 2011 Throne Speech and Budget
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children published a child rights analysis of the 2011 throne speech and federal budget. In it, the CCRC assesses the impacts on Canada's children. First Call for Children, a central principle in the Convention, requires governments to ensure that children are a top priority in the allocation of a country's resources. To read how Budget 2011 measures up to Canada's commitments to children, click here.
When is $500 not $500? (Caledon Institute of Social Policy)
Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman point out that tax credits are often worth less than they appear. In fact, most tax credits are designed as 'non-refundable credits.' This design means that recipients of these tax benefits do not receive any direct cash payment. Rather they obtain their benefit in the form of an income tax reduction when they file their taxes. Non-refundable credits are also of limited value to households with low or no income and do little to alleviate poverty. Read more.
New CEO at the Vanier Institute of the Family
Effective June 6th, Nora Spinks assumed the responsibilities of CEO of the Institute. Read more.
HR Council welcomes new Executive Director & recognizes outstanding contributions of Lynne Toupin
The HR Council Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Gay Hamilton as Executive Director of the HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector. Read more.
The HR Council's Board of Directors would like to recognize the outstanding contributions of Lynne Toupin, outgoing and founding Executive Director.
Lynne has been at the helm of the HR Council (and its predecessor, HRVS, a joint venture between Community Foundations of Canada and United Way - Centraide Canada) for nearly nine years. Read more.
Children's Rights in Canada 2011: Show Your Support!
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of the Child (CCRC) is currently preparing national, community-

based reports on various aspects of children's rights, in cooperation with other groups across the country. A series of Working Documents (with more to come) are currently posted on the CCRC website.

  1. Introduction:  Why Are Children's Rights Important for Canada in 2011?   
  2. General Principles
  3. General Measures
  4. Progress on Previous Recommendations
  5. Awareness of Children's Rights
  6. Right to Be Free From Violence
  7. Sexual Exploitation:  Canada's First Report and CCRC Analysis
  8. Right to Healthy Conditions and Health Care
  9. Free from Poverty and Workplace Exploitation
  10. Right to be educated
  11. Rights and Effectiveness in Youth Justice
  12. Right to Play
  13. International Development
  14. Refugee and Immigrant Children
The reports are available for two purposes:
  • Use these reports for information and discussion about children's rights;
  • Send feedback, based on your knowledge and experience, to, for use in the next steps. If possible, include references or documentation.
When all of the thematic reports are completed, they will be consolidated for submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, for use in the official review of Canada's implementation of the Convention. To access these reports, please visit the CCRC website.

mesh: the network for young nonprofit professionals in the national capital region

NACY's coordinator, Amanda Mayer, and Lee Rose (HR Council, Ten Oaks Project) have launched a network for young nonprofit professionals in the National Capital Region. The concept of mesh networking, that it relies on peer-to-peer interaction and engagement, is an apt description for the new network for young nonprofit professionals. It's not about the organization you work for. It's not about your boss, your board, or your funder. It's about you. It's about me. It's about us. People who are enganged in nonprofit work and are looking for ways to connect, to share, to learn. So it's real. It's here. It has a name and it's building momentum. Read more about this exciting initiative here.


Metcalf Innovation Fellowship Program
The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new, Foundation-wide Innovation Fellowship Program. In this time of profound change, simple solutions to the complex, interconnected issues we are facing - from growing income inequality to the rapid depletion of our natural environments - are not adequate. We need new ways of seeing and acting to tackle the ecological, social, economic, and cultural challenges confronting us today. These are the challenging issues that will be funded by this new initiative.

The Metcalf Innovation Fellowship Program is directed at supporting new "thinking and doing" and want to create opportunities for this work to be developed, disseminated and heard. These Fellowships will give individuals of vision and creativity working in one or more of Metcalf's program areas, the freedom to pursue powerful ideas, models, or practices that have the potential to contribute to building a healthier, more resilient community.

For more information about the Innovation Fellowship, please visit the Foundation's new website.
Dr. Joan Durrant Wins Humanitarian of the Year Award
Congratulations to Dr. Joan Durrant who received this year's Humanitarian of the Year award from the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Red Cross in recognition of her work to promote nonviolence in families and respect for the rights of children.

Dr. Durrant is a psychologist and professor at the University of Manitoba, where she has taught and conducted research for the past 20 years. She has been at the forefront of local, national and international efforts to promote parenting that teaches nonviolence by example, respects children's rights, and responds to children's developmental needs. Dr. Durrant's research has had a profound impact on governments, organizations, and individuals around the world. Her work has made a lasting contribution to global efforts to alleviate the suffering of children, promote their health and well-being, and recognize their worth as full human beings. For more information, click here.
CCCABC Annual General Meeting 2011
Vancouver, BC - July 13
For more information and the agenda, click here.
Prevention Matters Conference: Supporting Children's Well-Being
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - September 21-23
Saskatchewan Prevention Institute:

National Family Week: Turning Your Family's Values into Action
October 3-9

Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference
Be Visible: Connecting Evidence to Action in Injury, Violence and Suicide Prevention
Vancouver, British Columbia - November 16-18
Imagine Canada's National Summit 2011
November 28-30 (Ottawa, ON)
The National Summit for the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector is bringing together leaders from across sub-sectors and from across the country. We're moving on the top four priorities for action identified nationally:
  • Improved conditions for the attraction and retention of paid staff
  • More diversified and sustainable financing
  • Better understanding of our work and our impact
  • Enhanced support for the engagement of volunteers/external talent

The Summit is also a great learning opportunity for Young Leaders who want to explore the issues facing our sector and to be part of the collective action going forward. For more information on the Young Leaders Initiative, click here.


The Early Years Conference

The Development of Children's Mental Health: How Do We Become Who We Are?

Vancouver, British Columbia - February 2-4, 2012

First National Parental Mental Health Conference. First International Young Carers Congress, Third International World Congress on Children of Parents with Mental Illness

Vancouver, British Columbia - May 6-8, 2012

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