Spring 2016

Volunteers are an important part of our organization. I would like to offer a big “thank you” to the Family Day volunteers in our family support and childcare programs. Your contribution of time and knowledge help in so many ways in our numerous ...
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2016

Fall 2016

The process of creativity is a very personal one for children. As an RECE, I have always enjoyed observing children create in whatever medium they are working. Messy play and the role of experimentation are so important to learning (and, of course, b...
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2016

Welcome 2016

It is probably fair to say we are paying more attention to what we put on our plates these days. In an ever-increasing desire to be healthy, we are always on the lookout for food that is fresh, local and nutritious. We also know the importance of ...
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2016

Winter 2016

Welcome to 2016! The world of early learning and child care continues to evolve and transform with another set of regulation changes potentially arriving from the provincial government over the next couple of months. Family Day continues to work thr...
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2016

Fall 2015

This year’s Parent Advisory Groups will take place across Family Day in November, February and May. The meeting is our chance to hear from you as parents, and to receive valuable input on our programs and services. I encourage you to attend, and t...
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2015

Spring 2015

On April 10, we hosted a visit with Don Giesbrecht, CEO of the Canadian Child Care Federation. It was my pleasure to take Don to visit three of our child care programs. In Markham, we visited the Armadale Child Care Centre and the Hagerman House Earl...
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2015

Winter 2015

An extra special 15 minutes of fiction and fables filled each day in February as Family Day highlighted its dedication to early literacy during a nationwide reading campaign. Under the theme “15 minutes of fun,” the agency celebrated Literacy Mon...
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2015

Fall 2014

Self-regulation and marshmallows. Children who can understand and regulate their own emotions and know how to deal with the emotions of others do better academically and socially. In the 1960's, Stanford University conducted a research study on self-...
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2014

Spring 2014

Responding to Aggressive Behaviours. It’s very upsetting to see your child kick, bite, throw toys, yell and scream, which are examples of aggressive behaviour. Early learning specialists recognize aggressive behaviour as a form of communication. To...
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2014

Winter 2014

Promoting Home Languages Promotes Learning, Bonding and Fun! In the Greater Toronto area, 32% of people speak a language other than English, French or an Aboriginal language at home. The most common languages are Chinese, Punjabi, Urdu and Tamil. Thi...
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2014