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The Decline of Play and Rise of Stress in Children
 
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The Decline of Play and Rise of Stress in Children

The summer 2016 edition of Every Mind Matters, the regular newsletter of the Psychology Foundation of Canada, includes an article, focusing on research on the value of free play as a preventative to the elevated levels of stress and anxiety which are being increasingly recorded in children. Read the full story

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Back to the Future: Recreating Natural Indigenous Language Learning Environments

29 August 2016

“Back to the Future”: A recent study looks at the value of recreating natural Indigenous language learning environments through language nest early childhood immersion programs.

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Posted in Aboriginal Community Updates, Research + Innovations

Mo Korchinski, a former prison inmate who now advocates for prisoners, sits for a photograph in Chilliwack, B.C., on Friday July 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck - See more

Mother-Child Units in Correctional Centres: A Better Chance for Babies

29 August 2016

In March 2016, the Office of the Correctional Investigator recommended increasing participation in mother-child units in federal prisons, particularly minimum-to-medium security prisons, enabling children up to the age of 4 years old to stay with their mothers, and allowing mothers access to health and social programs.

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Posted in Parenting, Research + Innovations

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The New Canada Child Benefit

29 August 2016

The first payments of the new Canada Child Benefit went out on July 20, 2016, in a program designed with hopes to both reduce the number of children in Canada under the poverty line and provide a stimulus to the Canadian economy.

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Posted in Announcements, Government

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Healthy Eating & Food Security Action Guide

29 August 2016

The Healthy Eating & Food Security action guide is available for download. The action guide is designed to assist local governments to support healthy eating and food security in communities, sharing practices and examples of how local governments can create conditions that support healthy communities.

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Posted in Healthy Lifestyles, Research + Innovations

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Empathy and Kindness in Children

29 August 2016

An article on “Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschools” from the mindful website looks at the Golestan school in Berkeley founded by an Iranian educator whose commitment to empathy training was inspired by her own experience of bullying at school as a new immigrant when she was 9 years old. Click here to learn […]

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Posted in Early Childhood Development, Research + Innovations

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UBC and CIHR/IRSC: Young Parents Study

11 August 2016

HELP. Everyone needs help at some time or another, a collection of voices of young parents in Greater Vancouver, was released in April 2016 as part of the Young Parents Study being run by UBC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR/IRSC).

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Posted in Parenting, Research + Innovations

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Dad Central Ontario: My Dad Matters

11 August 2016

Dad Central’s My Dad Matters was developed to address the changed circumstances of programming for fathers in today’s Canadian society.

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Posted in Fathering, Research + Innovations

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CMAS and CVIMS: Supporting Refugee and Immigrant Children and Families

11 August 2016

Two articles in the Spring 2016 edition of The Early Childhood Educator focus on support for refugee families as agencies respond to the ongoing intake of refugees from Syria and the Middle East. There is a review of the findings of the recent CMAS review of global research on caring for refugee children and an […]

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Posted in Early Childhood Development, Research + Innovations

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Breastfeeding Awareness Week

11 August 2016

A pair of new international studies, funded by the Government of Canada through Grand Challenges Canada and published this July, further strengthen scientific understanding of the links between what a child experiences in the first years of life and later childhood behaviour and abilities.

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Posted in Breastfeeding, Research + Innovations

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Canadian Mental Health Association (BC): Confident Parents Thriving Kids Program

11 August 2016

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CPMA) BC Division are now delivering the Confident Parents: Thriving Kids program, a family-focused coaching service effective in reducing mild to moderate behavioural problems and promoting healthy child development in children ages 3-12.

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Posted in Mental Health, National Priorities

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