Welcome to our new Member!

NACY would like to welcome yet another member to our growing network of organizations dedicated to promoting the wellbeing of children and youth.


Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) represents and supports the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario. Their core membership consists of more than 80 community-based children's mental health centres that serve some 150,000 children and their families annually. website


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! Read more.


Organizations in Transformation Series: Family Service Canada

Clearly there have been significant changes in the sector since the federal government began restructuring in 2008. But while resources are reduced and restrained, we were impressed by the many stories of adaptation and transformation that we heard from our members and through the work we are doing on the ground via the Taking Stock project. This prompted us to try to capture and share some of these stories, which we found to be quite interesting and encouraging, in a series of articles that we are calling "Organizations in Transformation". The third article in this series reflects on the transformation of Family Service Canada (FSC), a national not-for-profit organizations that promotes learning and the exchange of expertise through the dynamic relationships between executive leaders of family serving organizations in Canada.


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 has been updated and enhanced with additional features, such as the 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 factsheet . If you are interested in joining our SuperSearch network please fill out the form.


Call for e-Digest Contributions

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 government 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 


Child & Youth Sector News

National Family Week campaign - Invitation to contribute

The Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP Canada) invites youorganization to contribute to their fall public awareness campaign - National Family Week. This year, National Family Week is October 1-7 and the theme, The Grandparent Connection / Les liens entre les générations, celebrates the role of the grandparent - as nurturer, caregiver, role model, historian and so much more.


Over the years, National Family Week has given family members, organizations and agencies across Canada an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of families and the important role families play in society.


If your organization is interested in contributing a bilingual one-page e-resource related to the grandparent theme, please contact Jackie Scheffel at for further details. Examples of past partner contributions are archived in the Resources section of and Mid-July deadline for submissions.


Children's Aid Foundation Funding Opportunity (Due: June 8, 2012)

The Children's Aid Foundation is seeking information from organizations about programs and services provided to new Canadian children, youth and families for a potential funding opportunity. The information provided in response to this RFI will be gathered from agencies across Canada and will be used to develop and distribute a Request for Proposal. Read more.


2011 Census

Statistics Canada report detailing up-to-date population trends. Findings show the highest increase in number of young children since the end of the baby boom. 


Healthy living guidelines for early learning and child care centres in PEI
Report from PEI Healthy Eating Alliance suggests guidelines and practices to facilitate nutritional eating habits for children and staff in childcare centres.


Measuring child poverty: New league tables of child poverty in the world's rich countries
New report places Canada's efforts at eradicating child poverty in an intentional context. See Canada Country profile for an overview of findings.


Need for a National Child Care Strategy

Blog Post by Candace Maxymowich

Children and families in Canada have a right to access quality, affordable child care services. Yet, only 20% of young children today have access to a regulated space and, in many regions, child care fees are the second highest expense for young families.Read More


Early Years Study 3 

Have you read the Early Years Study 3? Great way to find out what is happening in your province/territory with regards to public policy and practice. Really reinforces the need for political leadership for ECE.


Public perceptions of early learning and child care
Based on a series of focus group discussions in five major metropolitan areas across Canada, this report summarizes key insights into the public's (including parent) current perceptions and future visions of Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada.


Call for nominations to FRP Canada's Board of Directors (deadline June 22)

All materials including two nomination forms, nominee's consent form, biography, personal perspectives and nominee's résumé with contact information for two references must be received by the Elections Officer by 5:00 p.m. your local time on June 22, 2012. Read more.


New Targeted Adoption Subisidies in Ontario 

Beginning on June 15th, Children's Aid Societies in Ontario will be providing targeted subsidies to support families who adopt sibling groups or children aged ten or older. This is a welcome change that will go a long way towards ensuring that the families best suited to caring for these children in need can afford to do so. Read more.


Unicef releases Report Card 10 on child poverty

Measuring Child Poverty, Innocenti Report Card 10, 2012, places Canada's child poverty rate at 24 out of 35 "economically advanced" countries, behind countries such as Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom.

The sad, sad story of the UNICEF Child Poverty Report and its critics

David Morely, UNICEF Canada's Executive Director, has issued a bold challenge. "It is clearly time for Canada to prioritize children when planning budgets and spending our nation's resources, even in tough economic times," says a press release announcing the publication of a report on child poverty. The UNICEF Innocenti Report Card is the 10th in a regular series on child poverty in rich countries, each report hitting the headlines every second year or so. Read more.


Modernizing child care in Ontario: Sharing conversations, strengthening partnerships, working together
Discussion paper from the Government of Ontario identifies long term goals and medium term actions for modernizing the child care sector. Make sure to check out how you can provide feedback to the discussion questions on the government website.


Fathers in Canada
Factsheet from the Vanier Institute of the Family reveals that "men are much more likely than those who came before them to take parental and paternity leave with the birth of a child, to participate regularly in unpaid housework and child care and to leave the workforce behind altogether as a stay-at-home Dad".


CWLC and UNICEF Canada webinar series

The CWLC and UNICEF Canada launched an exciting webinar series that took place in May and June 2012 to inform and discuss the value of the United Nations Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children in child welfare policy and practice. This four-part, bilingual webinar series was brought to you by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). All webinars will be archived on the CWLC's website for future reference; all 5 webinars held to date are already uploaded (see them here).


Sign on for a child care system in Canada (Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada)
In the lead-up to the upcoming UN Child Rights Review this fall, where representatives of the Governments of Canada will respond to the Committee's ongoing review of developments in our country, we all have an opportunity to advance our call for a Child Care System in Canada. You can help build momentum by adding your organization to the list of endorsers for the Declaration. Forward this information to your networks and spread the word." Read more.


Year 2 Research Report on New Brunswick Early Childhood Centres (Health and Education Research Group)
This report describes the ongoing evaluation of the integrated platform of services being demonstrated at the New Brunswick Early Childhood Development Centres, and presents selected outcomes from the first two years of implementation.

Encyclopedia on ECD Updates (Centre of Excellence in Early Childhood Development) 

Update on Attachment Topic A new parent information sheet, "Parent-child attachment: A bond of trust" has been added. "When your baby cries or shows other signs of worry or distress, he is communicating his discomfort to you. If you react quickly to your infant needs by being loving and caring, he will feel more trusting and more secure with you. This is the basis of attachment. This
emotional bond is essential to become a well-rounded individual. To learn more on Attachment, a topic recently updated by Dr. Marinus van IJzendoorn, read the experts' texts and the synthesis in the Encyclopedia." 


Update on Temperament Topic: This topic has been updated by Mary K. Rothbart, PhD, "Temperament refers to individual characteristics that determine the individual's affective, attentional and motor responses in various situations. For example, temperament can affect young children's mood and emotions, how they approach and react to situations, their level of fear, frustration, sadness and discomfort. These responses also play a role in subsequent social interactions and social functioning."


Are we Killing Creativity (Early Childhood Education)

An interesting piece about the creativity of children. Read more.


Putting children first: Positioning early childhood for the future
Framework for integrated early learning released by New Brunswick's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.


A day without childcare
Video produced in the U.S. provides a humorous look at what life might be like if child care disappeared.


KidSKAN Newsletter

This special edition o fkidSKAN News includes coverage of the Imagine our Future conference in Moose Jaw. Read more.


Inequality of income, opportunity must be addressed (Herald, Opinion by Scott Brison)

Recent national polls have found that more than three-quarters of Canadians believe income inequality is a problem in Canada. I introduced a private member's motion (M-315) in Parliament this spring which asks the Finance Committee to undertake a study on income inequality in the country. I believe that income inequality and the growing inequality of opportunity have become significant threats to Canada's economy and society. Read more.


Joint Declaration of Support for for Jordan's Principle

Dr. Cindy Blackstock, member of Evergreen's Drafting Committee, is drawing attention to Jordan's Principle, included in Evergreen's values as important to Human Rights in Canada and key to health and mental health. Please help support Cindy's advocacy work by signing Jordan's Principle.


The Curse of the Perfect Mother

Poll says Canada is the best country in G20 to be a woman. Do you agree? Good time to revisit a popular story on motherhood.


Infographics for charities & nonprofits: Here, there, everywhere!

Infographics are a visual representation of numerical data, interesting facts, or other important insights that the designer wants an audience to know about. That's the concept in a sentence, read more here.


Organizations need proper stable funding

Funding for groups and organizations - usually non-profit - trying to do projects to better the community shouldn't have to come down to Internet voting...Don't get us wrong, we applaud corporations making funds available to give back to society....But government cuts in recent years have made this money desperately sought after. Read more.


Why Women Still Can't Have It All

It's time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here's what has to change. Read the article here.


Media relations for nonprofits: A primer, reading list and advice from the pros

Tips on media relations for nonprofits, read more.


Alberta's Social Policy Framework.

The Government of Alberta is leading the development of a Social Policy Framework that will guide the future of Alberta's social policy. Lots of ways to contribute:


Deconstructing Philanthropy: The fossilized newsletter?

Answering the question: where and with whom do newsletters work? Read more.


WorkforceConnect is an initiative of the Alberta Nonprofit Workforce Council, a diverse group of individuals and nonprofit organizations that understand sector workforce issues and are committed to working collaboratively to find long term solutions. They convene to review the state of the nonprofit workforce and identify and plan around key issues. visit the website here.


New tool provides easy access to charitable information -

Imagine Canada has long asserted that charities themselves are committed to ensuring ease of access to information that Canadians want to see, and just as importantly, that donors should not focus on financial results alone. This webinar will show you how your organization can further demonstrate transparency by updating your profile on CharityFocus.


Nonprofit Newswire 
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There's Strength in Numbers: Join the Community Data Program!
For over 15 years, the Canadian Council on Social Development's Community Data Program has served as a gateway for community networks of municipalities and voluntary sector organizations to access customized data from national statistical agencies in order to monitor and report on local social and economic trends. What can your organization do with data from the Community Data Program? You can generate neighbourhood maps, provide research for long-term social plans, and create poverty profiles of targeted populations! CCSD is now accepting applications from organizations or community networks interested in joining the Community Data Program for the 2012-2017 Membership Agreement.





Critical Crossroads: Youth Criminal Justice and Literacy

Toronto, ON - June 5, 2012

The goal of Critical Crossroads is to raise awareness of the link between literacy and young people's involvement in the criminal justice system. This conference will focus on engaging stakeholders, practitioners and policy makers in a dialogue regarding promising program practices, current research and policies.

Register online


Models of Early Childhood Services 

Montreal, QC - June 5-6, 2012

What does it take to implement effective early childhood programs in Canada or in another country? How can countries maintain and fund these programs? What are the challenges met and the lessons learned? Through keynote presentations, workshops and discussions, discover the challenges that governments and foundations of Canada, New Zealand, Finland, Brazil, Ireland and Great Britain have faced while implementing best ECD practices. The conference Website will soon be available. For more information, visit and


CCCABC Annual General Meeting
June 13, 2012 at 5:30pm
Rhizome Café, 317 East Broadway, Vancouver
Please RSVP to 604-515-5439 

CCCABC is a volunteer led and directed organization, in which Board members work collectively to provide ongoing leadership to BC's child care advocacy movement. This has been a very busy and active year for CCCABC. For their AGM this year they are planning a relaxed summer gathering. Read the AGM agenda


Canada's Premier Bullying Prevention Conference Hosted by PREVNet

You are invited to PREVNet's 6th Annual Conference on June 19th, 2012 in Toronto, ON. This year's conference theme is "Creating Healthy Relationships to Prevent Bullying: Get the Tools to Take Action". Official conference brochure


EUSARF 2012 - "All our children: positive experiences, successful outcomes for looked after and other vulnerable children"

Thistle Hotel, Glasgow - September 4-7, 2012


This conference aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, managers and policy makers, to address topical issues facing vulnerable children and young people, and their families. The programme will highlight three overarching themes: perspectives of children and young people; organisational change and effective intervention. The call for papers will be available shortly and they will be accepting abstract submissions from the 31st January. 


Fall research Exposition

October 24, 2012 - UBC, Vancouver, BC

Last year's Research exposition connected the dots across the first 10 years of HELP's research. This year, they will focus on the future, highlighting emerging child development research at HELP, including: Monitoring Child Rights, the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI), Child Development Trajectories. Read more.


Children's Mental Health Ontario's 40th Anniversary Conference

November 18-20, 2012 - Toronto, ON

The conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, new experiences and build community networks that will lead to a better mental health system for children and youth. Theme: Partnering and Leading in Innovation and Transforamtion. See flyer.


The National Alliance for Children and Youth (NACY) 

is Canada's national umbrella organization creating a collaborative network dedicated to all children and youth. NACY is able to advance shared goals with the combined voice of its members, by providing leadership dedicated to linking practice and research to policy development on a pan-Canadian basis. Our unique mandate brings together a wide variety of child and family-serving organizations from across all sectors including health, education, child care, justice, community, family and social services.

Add your voice to NACY's network by becoming a member today!

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