MEMBER & Child and Youth SECTOR NEWS
Girl Guides of Canada e-Bulletin
The fall edition of Guiding Matters is now online. Click here to read more.
FRP Canada updates
The Fall 2011 issue of FRP Canada's Play and Parenting newsletter has just been released, including the Benefits of Play in Natural Settings resource sheet. They have also posted their pre-budget submission to the Federal Government.
NEW CIHI Report - Return on Investment: Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention
The Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) commissioned the Canadian Policy Network at the University of Western Ontario to complete a scoping study that examines the return on investment and cost effectiveness of mental health promotion.
Mental health issues will be among the leading causes of disability in Canada by 2030, yet there is limited information about the costs of interventions for mental illness prevention and mental health promotion. This scoping study found that there is research showing a return on investment for some mental health promotion/illness prevention interventions. The strongest evidence was for interventions targeting children and youth (such as those that focus on conduct disorders, depression, parenting, and suicide awareness and prevention), while the weakest evidence was from the workplace sector. Downlaod the report. For more information, contact Karen Weir at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calls for Proposals - Women Living in Rural and Remote Communities and Small Urban Centres
Status of Women Canada is launching a Call for Proposals to solicit funding applications for projects that promote equality and support the advancement of women and girls living in rural and remote communities and small urban centres. Projects under this Call for Proposals fall under one of two thematic areas:
1. Community planning to reduce violence against women and girls in rural communities and small urban centres in Canada.
2. Community planning for women's economic security in rural and remote communities in Canada.
The deadline for application to this Call for Proposals is November 4th, 2011. For more information about this Call for Proposals, visit their website. Status of Women Canada reminds organizations that applications to the Women's Program are also accepted on an ongoing basis.
Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in the fall 2011 provincial/territorial elections
CRRU collects information about how ECEC is being addressed in elections in Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, Ontario, Manitoba,Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon Territory.
National Council on Welfare's Report: The dollars and sense of solving poverty
Report looks at the high cost of poverty and the long-term investments needed to solve it; says "the importance and cost-effectiveness of quality early learning is one of the most well-documented fields of study." Read more
BullyingCanada is now a registered national charity They are Canada's first youth created anti-bullying website. Find out more here.
Effectiveness of early educational intervention Article by W. Steven Barnett in the journal Science examines the effectiveness of early childhood programs designed to offset the impacts of poverty and inadequate learning environments on child development and school success. Full-text available online.
Help CEECD Identify the next topics for the Encyclopedia
The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development showcases the latest scientific knowledge on the development of young children (0 to 5). It currently covers 45 topics, and keeps growing. They would like to know which topics you would like to find in the Encyclopedia in the upcoming months and years. You can fill out their survey by October 27, 2011.
The Lancet Early Childhood Development Series
The Lancet released new research in a series of papers focused on Early Childhood Development. The 2011 series examines risks and protective factors for early child development, and new evidence on program effectiveness from 40 studies and program evaluations. Tthis series represents a significant opportunity to amplify the importance of investing in Early Childhood Development and of models that can go to scale. Also, see UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre's take on the series and other related material at http://www.unicef-irc.org
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. 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.
Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning in BC The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early ChildhoodEducators of BC are pleased to share their Community Plan for a Public System ofIntegrated Early Care and Learning in BC. The Plan offers a "made-in BC" solution to the current child care crisis and incorporates the best of quality child care and the bestof public education. Now it is time for decision makers to endorse the Plan and move it forward so that children, families, communities and our economy are served by ahigh quality, universal, democratic and accountable system of early care andlearning. To endorse the Plan and see the wide range of organizations that are supporting the Plan, go to: http://www.cccabc.bc.ca/plan/endorse-the-plan/.
Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth A Memo was sent out out at the end of July to the Endorsers of the Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth. The Memo summarizes Canadian and international developments and research regarding physical punishment of children and are posted to the CHEO website. Read the memo. The Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth was developed by a national coalition of organizations facilitated by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Based on an extensive review of research, the Joint Statement provides an overview of the developmental outcomes associated with the use of physical punishment. Click here for more information, and to read the Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth or its executive summary.
International Bureau for Children's Rights Report The International Bureau for Children's Rights has published a report entitled "The Protection of Child Victims and Witnesses of Criminal Acts in Quebec" (« La protection des enfants victimes et témoins d'actes criminels au Québec - Étude sur la mise en œuvre des Lignes directrices en matière de justice pour les enfants victimes et témoins d'actes criminels »). Please click hereto read the report (in French only).