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Connect with a Registered Early Childhood Educator

Chat with at Registered Early Childhood Educator – Our EarlyON Practitioners and Special Needs Resourcing Consultants are available to you! If you are looking for resources and support that you would normally receive when attending an Early ON or child care centre, we can assist you.

Please contact us (, and someone will be happy to assist you.


Enjoy watching a read aloud of this book by the author, Melissa Iwai, and complete the enclosed activities with your child!  You will find many activities to extend this story, including:

  • Soup recipe
  • Tips for growing vegetables in your own kitchen
  • A pipe cleaner activity and alphabet match game
  • Alphabet scavenger hunt
  • Ideas to help you make a book to document and share these special memories created with your family

This package will be available for contactless pick-up at our West End @52 Gill Street location on May 28th from 9-11am.  Quantities are limited. We hope to see you there!

Literacy Activity

Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word.

We hope this activity inspires you to expand on your reading time!


Encouraging Physical Literacy – Easy and Fun Yoga Poses

Inspire your little ones to move and learn with fun, interactive, and educational yoga poses shared by Kids Yoga Stories. These poses can be done inside or while you are outdoors to encourage physical activity. Parents and caregivers can join in on the fun as well!

Introduction to Self-Regulation – What is it and how can you support?

Learning how to self-regulate is an important skill for children to support their emotional maturity and future social connections.

CCR’s EarlyON team have created this mini presentation and resource to support parents in broadening your understanding on this topic.

 Self-Regulation Presentation

Activity:  Soothing Lava Lamp– French and English

Ways to Support Your Child Through Big Emotions

Being prepared with a strategy for helping children through those times when they are experiencing big or overwhelming emotions such as anger, frustration, jealousy or embarrassment, is one way to help both you and them to work through those emotions more effectively.

Check out this article for more information:

For further supports, our EarlyON Practitioners and Special Needs Resourcing Consultants are also available to you!

If you are looking for resources and support that you would normally receive when attending an Early ON or child care centre, we can assist you.  Please fill out this survey  (, and someone will be  happy to assist you.

Children’s Social and Emotional Development

Social emotional development, which begins in infancy, helps children learn to understand their emotions and sustain positive relationships with others. Parents and caregivers are children’s first and most important teachers with this skill.

The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality shared this great article that explores children’s social and emotional development and provides you with tips on how to nurture this skill in the early years.

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Serve and Return

Did you know that the most important interactions you have with a child can happen through play? Learn more about in the playful act of serve and return with your child! In this Mini Parenting Master Class from UNICEF, Center on the Developing Child Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. explains the importance of serve and return interactions like play—and how easy they are to do, especially through practice!
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Playdough Paired with Books

Children love to play with playdough, rolling, sculpting, and molding. Add some props from around the home and playdough becomes a powerful way to support children’s learning.

Playdough lets children use their imaginations while strengthening muscles in the hands and fingers, the same muscles they will one day use to hold a pencil and write.

It doesn’t stop there, it is a great activity for exploring the alphabet and for extending the story of any children’s book. Enhancing children’s comprehension of the story, building upon experiences, deepening their knowledge, and exploring the stories more deeply.

Shelley Moore Video Series - Expanding Views of Inclusion and Special Education

CCR’s Special Needs Resourcing Team would like to introduce the first video of a series from Shelley Moore with the hope of expanding our views of inclusion and special education.

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, Shelley Moore consults locally, provincially and beyond regarding her passion in evolving our practices in inclusion.  Her work and presentations integrate theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education & curriculum.  Along with her best selling book, One Without the Other: Stories of unity through diversity and inclusion, Shelley is an award winning SSHRC research storyteller and a TEDx speaker highlighting her work in presuming competence.

We hope you enjoy this first introductory video to Shelley’s work:
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Do you know what you are a ‘genius’ at?

Do you know what you are a genius at?  In this five minute video with Shelley Moore, she tackles the importance of children and families talking about their strengths and their role in education.  What can you bring forward to others?  Enjoy!

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Bringing Supports to the Students

In this video, Shelley invites us to consider a new perspective of inclusive practices for the whole school community.  Her wrap around support for students and teachers links to a universal approach for all!

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Track milestones from ages 2 months to 5 years

If you would like to track milestones from ages 2 months, to 5 years, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has an easy-to-use checklist app.
Get tips on how to encourage your child’s development, as well as how you can reach out and share your concerns.

Download the app today to get started:

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If you Find a Rock

We are pleased to launch this video created by Sharlene, RECE from our EarlyON Northeastern Site.  Sharlene will walk you through an interactive experience of the story “If you Find a Rock” by Peggy Christian.  We hope you enjoy seeing, hearing and learning about exploring in nature with Sharlene!