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Best Start Resource Centre, 2013

This booklet is for newcomer parents with children 0-6. It contains information on community and government support organizations as well as resources and tips for adjusting to a new land while honouring one’s culture.
The literacy level of this booklet has been assessed with Flesh-Kincaid at a reading level of about 6.

Available in print and PDF.

 


K05-E
Putting Health Promotion into Action: A Resource for Early Learning and Child Care Settings
Best Start Resource Centre, Updated 2013
This resource provides an introduction to health promotion and it's significance to the early learning and child care sector. Programs in Ontario that are successfully implementing health promotion are highlighted.
Available in PDF.

 


K15-E
Growing up in a New Land – Strategies for Working with Newcomer Families
Best Start Resource Centre,Updated 2013
This manual contains many strategies to assist service providers who work with newcomer families with children 0-6. Background information is also provided, as well as list of resources, programs and activities.

Available only in PDF.

 


Best Start Resource Centre, 2013

A series of 15 lists of tips for parents on topics associated with brain development. The tips can easily be shared through social media or distributed as handouts. They cover preconception, pregnancy and child development ages 0-3.

Available only in PDF
For more information click here.

 


K07-E
My Child and I - Attachment for Life
Best Start Resource Centre, 2012
A resource for parents of children aged 0-3 to help them understand the principles of attachment and learn ways to promote attachment. Activities are suggested for each age group.

Available in print and PDF. English, French,
Available in PDF only. Arabic, Filipino, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Tamil, Urdu

 

 

Best Start Resource Centre 2012

This booklet helps parents and all who care for children, support play-based learning at home, in child care and preschool settings and Kindergarten. Particular attention is given to attachment, self-regulation and play. This booklet uses a language that is used in Kindergarten and will be familiar to parents and the Kindergarten team. Checklists relating to growth, development, health, nutrition, routines and self-help, including the revised Nipissing District Development Screens are included in the booklet.  

The literacy level of this booklet has been assessed with Flesh-Kincaid at a reading level of about 6 - 7.

Available in print and PDF.

 

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This booklet is for parents of children from birth to six years and anyone who cares for children – like grandparents, relatives, foster parents and other adults. Many of the ideas will also help families with older children.
Building Resilience in Young Children is a resource to help you boost your child’s ability to bounce back from life’s challenges and thrive.
It is filled with:

  • Up-to-date information
  • Helpful tips
  • Parent stories
  • Links to other resources
Available in print and PDF.

 

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

Tear-off sheets to be distributed to parents to encourage them to visit the website Healthy Baby Healthy Brain, on early brain development. Pads of 50 sheets, 4”X5”. One side is in English and the other one is in French.

Available in print and PDF.
 

 

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

Magnets to be distributed to parents to encourage them to visit the website Healthy Baby Healthy Brain, on early brain development. Bilingual. 5” X 7”.

Available in print and PDF.
 

 

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

A DVD containing 15 short videos for parents on brain development. These videos are the ones presented on the website www.HealthyBabyHealthyBrain.ca. A facilitator guide is included. This guide contains suggestions to offer parents a workshop on brain development.

Available in PDF.

 


Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

This report shares the results of a survey of parent knowledge about early brain development in Ontario. It reviews the results and makes recommendations relevant to parenting and child development initiatives.

To download the report in PDF format.

 


 

K04-E: A Sense of Belonging : Supporting Healthy Child Development in Aboriginal Families
Best Start Resource Centre, 2006 (in collaboration with Spirit Moon
Consulting, Waabinong Head Start, Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship
Centres, Ontario Native Woman’s Association, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of
Canada, Ontario Native Woman’s Association, Union of Ontario Indians, Métis
Nation of Ontario and Nishnawbe-Aski Nation). Revised 2011
This manual was developed to improve service delivery to Aboriginal families
in Ontario. It shares important information about what Aboriginal people
feel they need to support their families in having happy, healthy children.
Available in print and PDF.

 


Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

The On Track guide is an online reference guide for service providers working with children from 0 - 6 and their families. The objectives of the guide are to:

  • Support healthy development of all children within their own pace and context
  • Provide identification of indicators that may put a child at risk
  • List strategies to support children and those who work with and care for them
  • Assist service providers in connecting to local services for children.

Click here for more information

 

Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

This handout lists the objectives and purpose of the On Track Guide and how to access the guide online.

Available in print and PDF.

 

Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

This poster can be used to make other service providers aware of the On Track Guide. The guide’s purpose, objectives and web address are included.

Available inPDF.

 

Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

This set of 6 case scenarios will assist service providers become familiar with the On Track Guide and how it can be used in practical situation. Individual service providers or groups can learn from the discussion questions and the relating sections of the On Track Guide.

Available in PDF.

 


Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

The purpose of this workshop is to provide practical tips for parents
and simple messages on the topic of parent-child attachment.

Available in PDF.

 

 


K13-A: Founded in Culture: Strategies to promote early learning among First Nations children in Ontario
Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

This report reviews early learning policy and research for First Nations children and identifies strategies to support early learning for service providers who work with First Nations parents/caregivers.

Available in print and PDF.

 

 


K12-A: A Child Becomes Strong: Journeying through each stage of the life cycle
Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

This manual offers culturally specific teachings and information about First Nations child development/child rearing.

Available in print and PDF.

 

 


K06-E: Baby Wants
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2010

A booklet for parents to encourage them to do simple things to help develop their young child: playing, reading, singing, etc.  The text is simple and the images describe the activities suggested.

Available in print and PDF. English, French,
Available in PDF only. Arabic, Filipino, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Tamil, Urdu

 

 


K16-A: Creating Healthier Communities 1
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This is one in a series of 7 posters developed as part of the Let's Be Healthy Together project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This project developed tools to help communities prevent obesity in Aboriginal children.

Available in print and PDF.

 

 


K22-A
Prevent Childhood Obesity
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This is one in a series of 7 posters developed as part of the Let's Be Healthy Together project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This project developed tools to help communities prevent obesity in Aboriginal children.

Available in print and PDF.

 

 

K38: A
Prevent Childhood Obesity in Your Aboriginal Community: A Guide for Service Providers
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This book is for service providers who work with Aboriginal parents or young Aboriginal children. It was developed as part of the Let's Be Healthy Together project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This project developed tools to help communities prevent obesity in Aboriginal children. This book helps service providers address healthy weights in young Aboriginal children.

Available in print and PDF.

 

 


K23-A
Creating Healthier Communities
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This is one in a series of 3 books for parents of young Aboriginal children. It was developed as part of the Let's Be Healthy Together project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This project developed tools to help communities prevent obesity in Aboriginal children. This book helps parents give their child the best start in life when it comes to having good mental and spiritual health. It helps parents explore their culture with their young one(s).

Available in print and PDF.

 

 

A collaborative project of: the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Program, Toronto Public Health, and the Best Start Resource Centre, 2008.
With content developed by the ONF SBS Prevention Program, these handouts provide information about infant crying and comforting techniques. Available in English, French, and 17 other languages, for download only. Includes a text box to insert local contact information.
Available in English, French, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu by download only.
 

 

Holistic Support Wheel Tool
Best Start Resource Centre in collaboration with Spirit Moon Consulting, 2007.
A tool to assist in planning holistic care and supports for Aboriginal children and their caregivers.
Available in black and white PDF and in full colour PDF.
 

 

 

 

 

     
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