The Parent Support Network, in conjunction with the Children’s Secretariat, is launching a series of kits for parents of young children. These will be loaned out free of charge across the province, and the distribution is enhanced with the participation of the PEI Public Library Service. The kits, which provide information and play activities, will be available at various sites the week of February 15-19.
“This initiative is not only a helpful resource tool for parents but it also provides positive learning opportunities for children,” said Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Vessey. “The Department is pleased to provide support to assist with the development of the Parent Kit. Our intent is to make it available to as many Islanders as possible.”
The types of items in the kits include toys, books, information books, booklets on community resources, ideas on age-appropriate activities, and tools for being a healthy and effective parent. They will be available for loan at Family Resource Centres across the province, family services centres, and branches of the public library service.
“Those of us who work with parents every day are excited about being able to offer these packages,” says Laura Quinn Graham, Chair of the Parent Support Network. “There is one kit for parents of children from birth to 18 months, another for children 18 months to five years, and a third on work-life balance for the parents themselves.”
There are so many things to learn from, and ways to play with, a young child. There are three separate kits, and the Birth to 18 Months Parent Kit includes a CD on teaching limits, a booklet on brain development, three children’s books, information on other community resources, and a toy with an activity guide.
The kit for preschool children from 18 months to five years of age includes the same variety of aids, geared towards the older child, with their own developmental needs. Every parent wants to help their child meet their potential, and we know how important the early years are. Children learn in so many ways, and this kit offers so much variety.
The third kit, according to Laura, is designed to help the parents themselves, as they struggle with the demands of tody’s busy lifestyle. There are several resources on healthy lifestyle, work-life balance and community resources. All three kits contain close to thirty items.
For more information contact, please contact Laura at (902) 436-1348.
The P.E.I. government has launched a newspaper ad campaign urging Islanders, who have family and friends working out West, to try to convince them to move back home.
The ad reads: "It's about time to get your family back home … join the movement to bring Islanders home."
Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning Alan Campbell, who has four siblings who have left the province, said it's an issue he's "keenly interested in.
"So you know, we're targeting former Islanders and trying to collect information around skill sets and that type of thing that we may be able to tap into as a workforce down the road through Innovation PEI and perhaps have some former Islanders return home."
A pilot program is already underway in western P.E.I., gathering information about people who are from the area, but are working in Alberta, and what skills they have, said Campbell.
He'd eventually like to see such an inventory done right across the province, he said.
A recent survey by the Residential Construction Sector Council found that nearly half of the 100 tradespeople questioned, who are working out West, plan to move back to P.E.I. within three years.
The workers cited low wages, a shortage of full-time work, and little or no benefits as being among the reasons they left the Island.
Canadians went to the polls today. Unfortunately, the Canadian Federal Election campaigns have been under the shadow of both the US Federal Election campaigns and the critical world economic issues. Further, the leaders of the Canadian political parties have failed to ignite much excitement regarding their campaigns. It seems that many Canadians are more moved by what is happening south of the border than with our own Canadian politics. When compared to what is the U.S. election campaigns ours seem to be less than inspirational. Yes, there has been hype; but somehow it just all pales in comparison to the massive call for change that is happening in the United States.
From the Obama-Biden "Change We Need" campaign.
My name is Jane Boyd and I’m the Founder & CEO of 45 Conversations Media & Education. 45 Conversations provides a range of work-life, education & new media related products and services. We serve both large & small businesses as well as the community & education sectors.
What Has My Attention These Days?
As an educator, with more than 25 years experience, I’m committed to developing innovative online and face to face training & conversation opportunities related to work-life, early learning and education. I also do a lot of consulting related to developing child care services at work ~ because I believe that access to high quality child care is essential for both business & family success.
I’m strongly influenced by real people and local/global relationships. I love the amazing things can come from using social media and transmedia tools and sharing content that is helpful. I believe in the power of connections, collaborations and storytelling.
Partnering with product developers, events and entrepreneurs; I’m pretty busy developing conversation campaigns and partnerships that build awareness, drive interaction/collaboration levels and influence the way people think about the issues related to learning, earning and living.
In short, I’m committed to growing 45 Conversations into a content marketing and education company that makes a true difference to everyone who experiences the products and services we deliver.
Every day I have conversations with people about the things that matter the most to them. I work on lots of cool and interesting projects that are related to employee wellbeing, work-life, human resource and dependent care solutions. From wellbeing to child care to elder care, I understand the challenges that people and organizations are facing. I have worked with very small companies all the way through to huge global corporations. I love designing & developing high quality, customized solutions – in communities and for the corporate sector. I’m frequently called upon to speak at conferences, training events and strategic planning retreats. I love working with people face to face and developing real human relationships.
I’m Licensed to Play & So Much More
If certifications are important to you, here are the ones I hold in Canada related to Early Learning & Care:
- Alberta – Child Development Supervisor
- British Columbia – Early Childhood Educator & Special Needs Educator
- Prince Edward Island – Early Childhood Supervisor
- Newfoundland & Labrador – Preschool, Infant & School Age Educator
Titles & Labels – I Have a Few
There are so many labels and titles in life. Here are some that describe me:
@boydjane ~ Founder ~ CEO ~ Forever Entrepreneur ~ Speaker ~ Writer ~ Conversationalist ~ Intentional Life Creator ~ Educator ~ SOBCon Family Member ~Honorary Misfit ~ Unique Thinker ~ ADHD Navigator ~ Connector ~ Collaborator ~Believer ~Montessori Parent ~ Finder of Voices ~ Dreamer ~ Blogger ~ Cat Herder ~Podcaster ~ Creator ~ Artist in the Making ~ Risk Taker ~ Mental Health Advocate ~ Mom ~ Autism Parent ~ Daughter ~ Wife ~
Most importantly though ~ I am Jane Boyd.
It was with very mixed emotions that we left PEI. We love it very much there but found the call to return home to BC to be stronger. We have many fond memories of our time on the Island. The red earth, the windy days, the coldness of the cold, the smell of the air, the kind people, the great potatoes and lobster, the smallness of the Island and much, much more. In the end though, the broader number of business opportunities in the West prevailed and so we decided to return to beautiful BC. We leave behind many friends and business colleagues who we will miss very much.
I have promised my PEI colleagues that I will continue to strongly advocate for enhanced early childhood education, health care and education services on the Island. So, even though I will primarily be based in the West now, my blog will continue to follow PEI issues and I will also advocate for the changes that are necessary to make PEI a place that truly provides the types of supports and services that all women, children and families deserve.
We have decided to move to Tsawwassen, which is based in the Lower Mainland of BC. We have literally gone from one end of the country to the other. It is a lovely area and we are a surrounded by the ocean on three sides of the community. I found a great little slide show online that shows off Tsawwassen and the surrounding area that we are now living in.
So….thanks to everyone on PEI. We may be gone from the Island – but none of you are forgotten. I know that at some point in the future we will be back to visit.
Rob got my attention this past week with the very interesting consulting work he is doing with KETC, Channel 9 in St. Lois to reduce the impact of the mortgage/housing/credit crisis that it hitting this area. This is a very innovative project that has huge potential to save not only individual family homes but the social fabric of the very communities that this crisis is hitting hard. Have a look…a very cool combination of the use of social media tools, community resource mapping, good ideas and public television leadership. I look forward to hearing more as this project unfolds.
As my regular readers know, (Context in the link) I am working with KETC, Channel 9 in St Louis on a project funded by CPB, to see how a Public TV station could use its position as a Trusted Space, rather than simply as a broadcaster, to make a difference in the "economic forest fire" that is the mortgage/housing /credit crisis that is sweeping through America.
It is the hope of CPB that Public Media can do more to serve its country than offer great content alone. It is our collective hope that by learning how to do what we are doing now well, that Public TV and Radio can serve the public by acting as a convener of Trust for the community – so that we can draw on the great and latent power that resides in all local communities to take action themselves to solve the great problems that confront us.
Our hope is that our one station in one city can offer enough experience that in the fall many more can join in the work and that soon we may have a national effort underway.
Early Learning Framework BC – 2008
Back in March 2008 I wrote a post wondering where the BC Early Learning Framework was as it appeared the government were making critical policy decisions related to it; yet many in the field had not seen the final version of it. I am pleased to advise that it has now been posted online. Government will be hosting training related to it in the future so check out their website to determine when this will be held.
The Early Learning Framework BC describes the vision, pedagogical principles, and key areas of learning for children birth to five years (before school entry). The framework was developed in partnership with the Ministries of Children and Family Development, Health and Education.
The document was designed to be applicable to all early learning environments, including child care, StrongStart BC programs, and any other pre-school and early childhood development or child health program. The framework helps programs build on their strengths and encourages in depth reflection on their practices and the development of children. Broadly speaking, the intended purposes of the framework are to:
- Support dialogue and reflection on the critical importance of development and learning of young children.
- Serve as a tool for reflecting on and guiding early learning programs and activities.
- Support discussion with and between families about their children’s early learning.
- Guide professional development activities and investments.
- Serve as a basis for discussion among community partners with respect to the early years.
- Create a shared image of the child that can guide efforts to promote early learning at the local and provincial levels.
The framework complements and builds on the BC Program Standards for Early Childhood Settings and the Child Care Licensing Regulations that requires child care facilities to provide a comprehensive program of activities that address all areas of child development.
On April 28, British Columbia and Alberta signed the British Columbia – Alberta Trade, Investment, and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) at the 4th annual joint British Columbia – Alberta Cabinet meeting in Edmonton.
British Columbia and Alberta businesses and workers will enjoy new market access. This innovative agreement gives businesses and workers in both provinces seamless access to a larger range of opportunities across all sectors including energy, transportation, labour mobility, business registration, and government procurement.
Earlier this year I became very interested in what the impact of this agreement will be on Early Childhood Educators in both BC and Alberta. I consulted the BC Ministry of Economic development to better understand if Early Childhood Educators would be included in the list of professions that are being covered by this agreement. After some delays, I was recently advised that “Yes they will be added to the list”. I actually think that this is a fascinating development for the child care field in Canada and that it will have major implications regarding the mobilty of workers between our two Provinces. Surprisingly though, it seems that very few people in the child care field seem to be aware of this interesting development.