COVID-19 Links

Ontario Public Health COVID-19 school and child care screening : https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Childcare is always an essential service :
https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/march-2020/covid-19-crisis-shows-us-childcare-is-always-an-essential-service/

Child Development Links

5 Facts about motivation that are often misunderstood : https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/5-facts-about-motivation-that-are-often-misunderstood/

Free Play : BHCELC subscribes to the philosophy that children learn best when offered opportunities for unstructured play. We promote the use of “loose parts” both inside and outside of facility. Please have a look at the Canadian Public Health Association’s position on free play.

First Words : Did you know that there is an online tool through First Words you can use to check on your child’s development? TheCommunication Checkup is an online screening tool created for parents and legal guardians living in Ottawa, Ontario. It should take just 15-30 minutes to complete. firstwords.ca/communication-checkup/

Early Language : Help Your Child Develop Early Language
http://firstwords.ca/audience/general-public/help-your-child-develop-early-language/

Early Experiences : How a child’s brain develops through early experiences.

Municipal and Provincial Links

Some more useful resources for parents and caregivers:

Andrew Fleck Child Care Services – ‘This Caught Our Attention’

Child, Adolescent, and Family Centre of Ottawa

Children’s Integration Support Services

City of Ottawa – Family

First Words Preschool Speech and Language Program of Ottawa

Helping parents choose childcare

Information and resources for parents and caregiver – Parent Resource Centre

Ontario Early Years Centers

Ontario Early Years Policy Framework

Ottawa Neighbourhood Study

Ottawa Parent Resource Centre