BC Council for Families (BCCF): Growing Together Toolkit

The Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Council for Families presented a webinar on March 23, 2017 to present an overview of the Growing Together: Supporting the mental health and wellness of young children, mothers, and their families Toolkit, designed to support service providers working with mothers with mental health, substance use, and other challenges, and their families.

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Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP): Call to Action: On Behalf of Maltreated Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers in Canada

Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) launched a Call to Action: On Behalf of Maltreated Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers in Canada at the beginning of May 2017 at the Expanding Horizons Conference in Ontario, declaring that collective action is crucial to ensure all our babies have optimal social and emotional health.

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The Lancet: Series on Early Childhood Development

The respected medical journal, The Lancet, has published a groundbreaking series on early child development, “Advancing Early Childhood Development from Science to Scale.”  The 3-part series argues that the growing social and economic costs to nations of under-investment in prenatal and early childhood development are unsustainable.  In their review of a wide range of international programs, the findings demonstrate that the best results combine what's known as "nurturing" care with basic health, nutrition, and cognitive programs.

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BC Council for Families Blog: Growing Numbers of Grandparents: How their Role is Evolving

Today’s grandparents are relied upon to provide child care and financial support, and are more likely to live with the grandchildren than they used to be, maintaining longer relationships with their grandchildren than was common in the past.  A BC Council for Families explores the current realities of grandparent involvement for children in BC.

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Representative of Children and Youth’s report on Delegate Aboriginal Agencies: How resourcing affects service delivery

The BC Representative of Children and Youth released a report in March 2017 calling for new funding models to encourage different outcomes.  The report calls for a comprehensive re-think of how the province delivers services to youth and children in Indigenous communities that takes into account the unique needs of their communities and the lingering impacts of historical policies.

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