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dotART OF HUMAN LEARNING
This is not going to be an art exhibit like any you have seen before. We are going to showcase the wonder and importance of early child development.

We invite you to submit your family's story and art. Download our brochure to learn more. Fill out submission form.

Opening on Friday, October 3rd, 6:30 to 8 pm. Refreshments and presentation by the Images of Learning Project team.

We are planning creative gatherings during the month of October. Watch for dates. Contact us for more info.

Project Ideas from Terrace Sunflower Daycare:
The Tree:

Talking Log

dotFASD AWARENESS DAY - Sept 9, 2014
Watchmy interview with Kermode Friendship Society's Louisa Gray and Lisa Lawley

dotDOCUMENTARY ON CBC TV DOC ZONE
How to Stop Crime, Save Billions,
& Raise Happier, Healthier Children
Premieres on CBC Television Doc Zone
Thursday, March 27 at 9 pm (9:30 pm NT)
Repeats Saturday, March 29 at 11 pm ET (8 pm PT)
on CBC News Network.
Watch Trailer

Angry Kids & Stressed Out Parents follows children and parents enrolled in groundbreaking early childhood interventions. These programs work with parents and kids to help children master the skills they need to do well in life, like self-control and self-regulation. From middle-class kids to children of poverty, we witness young lives transformed, social problems solved, and
billions of taxpayer dollars saved.

More discussion on the topic
CBC Radio, The Current

dotNATIONAL CHILD DAY: Wed, Nov 20
Each year we celebrate Children and Children's Rights on November 20th. We chose the RIGHT to PLAY as this year's theme.

Submit a drawing, painting or a photo of your favourite play activity - submissions by children, parents or families accepted.
Download Submission Form: doc | pdf

Drop off your art at The Family Place, 4553 Park Ave. or email by Nov 18.


dotVIDEO: Talk to Your Baby: Avoid the Texting Silence
VIDEO: Texting Silence
Video by Northern Health about the importance of communicating with your baby.
Play the video

dotDR. GABOR MATÉ IN TERRACE
Dr. Gabor Mate
Thank you all for coming. We had a great turn out for both presentations.
Please fill out an online evaluation/ sign up for Pro-D Certificate letter.

TOPICS:
Thu, April 25 at 7-10 pm
Peer Orientation Why Children Are Stressed, Why Parents and Teachers Are Disempowered and How To Restore a Healthy Balance in Adult-Child Relationships.
Fri, April 26 at 9 am - 12 pm
The Biology of Loss What Happens When Attachments Are Impaired and How To Foster Resilience
Description of Presentations

visit Dr. Gabor Maté's websiteDr. Gabor Mate at the REM Lee Theatre in Terrace, BC

This amazing presentation is brought to you free of charge sponsored by Terrace Make Children First Network in partnership with the Coast Mountain School District.

dotFEBRUARY 2013: DR. PAUL KERSHAW VISITS TERRACE TO SHARE THE MESSAGE OF




Join and Share: Generation Squeeze
dot2012 EARLY YEARS FAMILY FAIR PLANNED
Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 10 am - 2 pm
at Suwilaawks Community School, Clarence Michiel, 3430 Sparks Str.
Early Years Family Fair 2012Download Exhibitors Form
Theme: Social-Emotional Learning

Terrace Make Children First have been coordinating, hosting and funding a fabulous event for Terrace & area families together with early child educators, health practitioners, service providers, caregivers, social workers, teachers, principals, volunteers. This year is no different - in a new location, same hours and quality.

dotEARLY YEARS FAMILY FAIR RETURNS FOR SIXTH YEAR
Early Years Family Fair 2011Terrace and area early child educators, health practitioners, service providers, caregivers, social workers, teachers, principals, volunteers - all are gearing up for this years Early Years Family Fair which promises to be the most exciting yet!

Held again on the second Saturday in May - May 14th but at a new location: Skeena Jr. Secondary School at the same time as Relay for Life will provide families with a unique opportunity to take in both important events.

This year's theme focuses on Social Development and Play. Organizers and presenters are working on live music and many interactive activities as well as sharing all the info parents need to help them raise their children during the critical first five years.

Download Registration Form

Contact us if you would like to participate or have any questions.

dotVULNERABILITY OF BC CHILDREN CONTINUES TO GROW
EDI map for TerraceEvery year at this time, Dr. Clyde Hertzman and his team at UBC's Human Early Learning Partnership release the latest set of EDI maps.
Early Development Instrument (EDI) measures children's readines for school and for life. The levels of vulnerabily have been steadily growing in majority of communities in BC. Read more.
dotREPORT: INVESTING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT SAVES MILLIONS
Vancouver, Sep 13, 2010: the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Justice Institute of B.C. released a joint report saying that investing in early childhood development -- particularly before age five -will save governments and society millions of dollars in the long run. Read more.
Read the Report online

dot5th ANNUAL EARLY YEARS FAMILY FAIR
Early Years Family Fair 2010Saturday, May 8

10 am till 2 pm
Terrace Arena
Growing Up Active


This is a FREE family event with loads of information and activities for children and families from pregnancy to age 6.

Read more

dotFAMILY LITERACY DAY
Strong Start CentrePLAY-SING-READ: Literacy is more than printed word!

Sat, January 30, 2010
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Suwilaawks Community School, Clarence Michiel Building

3430 Spark St.

FREE event for the whole family! Many activities and information. Download event poster.

Call Rosemary Craig at 250-638-1330 for more info.

 

dotEARLY DEVELOPMENT INSTRUMENT (EDI) MAPS AVAILABLE
The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a population-based tool developed by Drs. Dan Offord and Magdalena Janus used to measure the state of children's development at Kindergarten entry.
Watch a brief video on the benefits of EDI (8 min., 2008)

The EDI is a checklist that Kindergarten teachers complete for each child in their class. It is a holistic measure of children's development across five areas:

  1. physical health and well-being
  2. social competence
  3. emotional maturity
  4. language and cognitive development
  5. communication skills

For more information, visit Human Early Learning Partnership's website. Watch for information about local presentations and discussions coming up in 2010.

 

dotNATIONAL CHILD DAY: November 20
Celebrating 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.





What's happening in Terrace:

  • free skating: 3:30 - 5:30 pm
  • free swimming: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • children's activities: 4:00 - 9:00 pm
  • free BBQ: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Read more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child

 
dotFASD AWARENESS DAY: September 9, 2009
Program in Terrace
Morning program will be held at the Health Unit Auditorium:
8:30 am - free pancake breakfast
9:09 am - sirens and bells
9:30 am - panel discussion on the affects of FASD

Afternoon program will be held at the George Little Park
2:00 - 6:00 pm - family activities, free barbeque, music & dance
3:00 pm - panel discussion on the affects of FASD
read more

 
dotEARLY YEARS FAMILY FAIR
Sat, May 9, 2009
10 am till 2 pm

Terrace Arena

This year's theme: "The Age of Recycling - Start Now"

The event is FREE for all families with children from conception to age 6. It will feature:
  • Health & Development
  • Childcare
  • Family Programs
  • Literacy
  • Healthy snacks
  • Recycling Activities
  • Celebrity Readers
  • and much more
NEW: Toy Exchange - bring a clean gently used toy and take one home.
Hope to see you there!
 

dotMAKE CHILDREN FIRST NETWORK WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we continue to work on creating a community that is child and family friendly, we need to hear from you.

  • What is a favourite activity that you and your child do?
  • What childcare arrangements do you have?
  • What programs do you access in the community?
  • Do you feel you can afford food, shelter, supplies for your children?
  • What improvements would you like to see in Terrace?

Your responses will help us understand what you as a parent are dealing with every day. This information will help us in planning and overcoming barriers.
All responses are confidential and anonymous.

You can drop off the survey at the Terrace Public Library. If you complete and return the survey, you are eligible for a free gift. Please email us with your contact info. Thank you for your time.

 

dotMARCH IS NUTRITION MONTH

This year's theme is Stay Active. Eat Like a Champion.

Healthy Start for Life is a resource that promotes healthy eating and physical activity among toddlers and preschool age children (2 to 5 years).


 

dot ABORIGINAL INFANT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IS HAVING A FAMILY FAIR

Sat, February 7, 2009
10 am - 2 pm at Suwilaawks Community School, Clarence Michiel building - 3430 Sparks St., Terrace.
This event is suitable for children 0-3 and their families:

  • Infant development
  • Health
  • Free Healthy Snack
  • Free Store
  • Elder Storytelling
  • Door Prizes
  • Gitlaxdax Cultural Dancers performing

For more information call Kermode ECD 250-635-1476

 

dotCHILD-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE IN TERRACE

Nov 20 & 21: We are pleased to host Dr. Suzanne Crowhurst Lennard, Director of International Making Cities Livable Council who will help us understand and improve the built environment.

In her books, articles and lectures, she has focused special attention on the impact of the built environment on children’s health and well-being. She believes that if you want to make a city livable for all, you must first make it livable for children.

The built environment of our cities and suburbs is damaging children’s health and limiting their development. Before we can fix the problem we must understand how the built environment is affecting children’s lives. Obesity is just the tip of the iceberg!

This event is hosted jointly by Make Children First Network and the Planning Institute of BC North Chapter.

This event is open to anyone interested in understanding how design impacts our everyday life and what to do to make our communities more livable for all.

Special $10/day student rate.
Both Days: $40.00*     
One day: $25.00*        
Friday Luncheon: $17.00*
* Some subsidies available. Please indicate on the registration form.

Event Poster
Registration Package
Presenter's Bio

Email or phone: 250-635-8761 if you need more info.

 

dotELECTION DAY: WHERE DO PARTIES STAND ON CHILDCARE?

We compiled few useful links for you to help us understand what each party is promising to do about childcare and support for families raising young children. Happy Voting!

Political Parties on Childcare:

Media Overview:
CBC: Helping Families: Where the Parties Stand

Children & Youth Groups:
FirstCall: Federal Election Kit
Code Blue for Child Care
Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC
Child Care Resource and Research Unit
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada

Adapted from Childcare Advocacy Forum

 

dot ANGELA ROY from EXPRESSIONS holds drumming workshops in Terrace with early childhood educators, children and parents thanks to funding, resources and collaboration of Make Children First Network, Skeena CCRR, First Nations Education Centre, Kermode HeadStart and others.

She was able to perform for approximately 300 children, parents and caregivers in two days. She also worked with students from French Immersion and held a community drumming session. This was a great example of community collaboration.

 

dot WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A FOSTER PARENT?

There are different types and levels of foster care; such as becoming a full time foster parent, a respite/relief provider or a volunteer. Speak to a Resource Social Worker today, and find out if you and/or your family would be suitable.

Upcoming Training
WORKSHOPS FOR ADOPTIVE FAMILIES AND PROFESSIONALS
Strategic Parenting
Smithers: Oct 3 | Terrace: Oct 4
Building Professional Skills
Prince Rupert: Oct 17

 

dotSTRONG START CENTRE OPENS FOR SECOND YEAR

Suwilaawks StrongStart Centre - free parent-child drop in program open its doors for 5-day week program on Sep 9th. The centre is located in ET Kenney building of Suwilaawks Community School, 4620 Loen Ave.

Visit their website for hours of operation and calendar of activities.

 

dotEarly Childhood Learning Agency Consultation - local and BC responses

Ministry of Education invited parents, childcare workers, service providers, teachers, business owners, community members (so basically anyone) on their proposal to consider full-school-day pre-kindergarten for children ages three and four, and full-time kindergarten for five-year-olds. Consultation paper available online.

 

dot EARLY YEAR FAMILY FAIR 2008
Thanks Everyone for a FANTASTIC event!

Photo Gallery 2008
Event Brochure (pdf)

Saturday, May 10, 2008 - Terrace Arena was the place to be on Saturday. Hundreds of families with children from birth to age 6 came to take part in the 3rd annual Early Years Family Fair organized by the Make Children First Network in Terrace. Find out who was all there.

Feedback: We would like to hear from you about what you liked best and what we could improve. We are starting to plan for 2009.

 

dot EARLY YEARS STRATEGIC PLANNING DAY

Saturday, April 5th - a planning day facilitated by SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of BC).

This event is open to anyone working in the field of early child development as well as those from other sectors interested in ECD. Parents and other community members that would like to add their important insights can also register.

Registration (Word) | Overview (pdf)

 

dot RESULTS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECE) STAFFING SURVEY

2008-01-15: The survey was devised by First Call in order to obtain a snapshot of key issues and concerns in the ECE field. The issues addressed in the survey were identified based on conversations within the Early Childhood Development networks about staffing issues and concerns. Read the Survey Results (pdf).

 

dot CHILD SAFETY INFORMATION & PRODUCT RECALL INFO

Parents and families care about providing the best possible environment for their children – this includes toys, furniture, books. They care about the education and fun factor, its suitability and safety. It is scary to learn that the trusted products you offer your child suddenly end up on the Recall List. Stay ahead of the game, check your products with this information sheet: Child Safety Information
& Product Recall
(pdf).

 

dot SUWILAAWKS STRONG START CENTRE OPENING MONDAY JANUARY 7, 2008

2008-01-03: First Strong Start Centre in Terrace eager to welcome new families this coming Monday as it open its doors at Suwilaawks Community School in the ET Kenney Primary Building . Strong Start is a free drop-in program for preschoolers and their families or caregivers. Read more.

 
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Events/Resources
dotART OF HUMAN LEARNING WORKSHOPS
Register online for one or all workshops offered during the art show
dotART OF HUMAN LEARNING
Contribute your submission to the upcoming art show.
Online Submission Form
Download our brochure

dotFASD AWARENESS DAY
Tue, Sep 9th, 2014
Morning: 8:30 am - noon
Location: Arena Banquet Room
Afternoon: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: George Little Park

 

dotEARLY YEARS FAMILY FAIR
Sat, May 3rd, 2014
10 am - 2 pm
Location: Suwilaawks Community School
Theme: "Art of Human Learning"
Online registration
Registration Form (Word)
National Child Day
November 20th
Sponsoring free family swim:
3-4 pm and family skate (free skate rental) 3:30 - 4:30 pm
National Child Day, Terrace, BC

NW Childcare Conference
Sep 27-28, 2013 at NWCC
Download Info & Registration package
NW Childcare Conference

FASD Awareness Day in Terrace
FASD Awareness Day
dotEARLY YEARS FAMILY FAIR
Early Years Family Fair 2013Sat, May 11th, 2013
10 am - 2 pm
Location: Suwilaawks Community School
Theme: "Healthy Families, Healthy Communities"
Registration Form
dotWORKSHOP - TECHNOLOGY FOR YOUR TOOLBOX: Boardmaker and iPad with Brenda Fossett
Sat, March 16th, 2013
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
dotNATIONAL CHILD DAY: November 20
Celebrating Children's Rights and Canada's signing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Read more
dot STRONG START CENTRES in Terrace/Thornhill: NEW SCHEDULE
Sep 2010: Strong Start Strong Start CentreCentres at Cassie Hall Elementary (Southside) will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays only and Thornhill Primary will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays only.
Suwilaawks Strong Start Centre (Horseshoe) continues their programming as well.
Join Facebook Group

dotPARK CENTRE - PROGRAMS FALL 2010
Park Centre offers a variety of parenting education and support programs including:

  • Infant Massage
  • Nobody’s Perfect
  • So You Have the Blues (PPD/PPND Support)
  • Parenting Plus!
  • Fathers Group
  • Building Healthier Babies and
  • Building Blocks.

Stop in or phone for more information: 4465 Park Ave, 635-1830, or find us on Facebook. (Programs of the Terrace Child Development Centre).

dot Webcast: INVESTING IN THE EARLY YEARS

Link to presentation slides: Smart Family Policy for Strong Economies.pdf

Link to webcast recording>
*Please note that the recording is very large (112MB) and will likely take at least 5 minutes to download.

dot HANDBOOK OF LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT
This great resource developed by the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network provides a Roadmap from birth to 60 months. It covers it all: from hearing, speech and vision, to reading and numeracy, to children's literature and computers.
dotDENTAL VIDEO for 3 year olds and under
A new educational video for parents of children under 3 years old entitled "How to Take Care of Your Child's Teeth" is available online.

It was created through a partnership between the Ministryof Healthy Living and Sport and the BC Dental Association (BCDA).
See also tip sheet and poster.


dot FASD: Finding Hope
Documentary made forKnowledge Network tells the stories of four mothers and their kids, as they search for answers and understanding of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Find out more.
dot Visit Terrace Daily Online for interactive Community Calendar

Reports


15 by 15 Report
HELP
is pleased to announce the release of a new report entitled "15 by 15: A comprehensive Policy Framework for Early Human Capital Investment in BC".

This report dramatically illustrates why all of us - individuals, businesses, and governments - should care about the real brain drain in BC resulting from early vulnerability.

Download the Full Report
Download the Executive Summary

Health Inequities Discussion Paper Nov 2008Health Inequities in BC: Discussion Paper
Nov 2008
released by the Health Officers Council of BC

dotHELP Video: The State of Children’s Development in BC: Recent Research Findings of the Human Early Learning Partnership
Dr. Clyde Hertzman
Oct 22, 2008
SFU Harbour Centre

dotHELP Public Seminar: Towards a Roadmap for Preschool Children in British Columbia
Dr. Steven Barnett & Dr. Ellen Frede
Oct 24, 2008


Early Child Development :
A Powerful Equalizer

Lori G. Irwin, Arjumand Siddiqi, Clyde Hertzman
Final Report for the World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health
 
Upcoming Training
 
we will post more training opportunities as they become available. Please contact us if you would like to include yours.

Management Committee

dotSTRATEGIC PLANNING
Vision, Mission and Strategic Areas
updated Oct 2007


STRATEGIC PLANNING DAY April 2008 Summary:
Terms of Reference

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS

 
Council for Healthy Early Childhood
DRAFT Brochure:
Creating Family-Friendly Workplaces
(pdf 1.5 MB)

updated Aug 8
Tell us about your workplace.

Funding for Make Children First Network is provided by Ministry of Children and Family Development.
 
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When parents and community members connect with children they help them with these needs. This connectedness creates a bond that establishes trust, healthy relationships and an improved quality of life.

This website is a resource and an encouragement to Make Children First in your community.

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