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Provided by the EarlyON Child and Family Centre Team.

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.

Teaching Empathy and Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation and empathy are two of the most important social-emotional skills for young children to develop. As authors Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Mary Louise Hemmeter, and Kristie Pretti-Frontczak point out, “children who manage their own emotions well and who respond appropriately to the emotions of others will be more successful in their interactions with their peers.”

Check out these simple tips that you can use to help kids understanding their own and others’ emotions!

Big Feelings Come and Go Storybook – Free Resource

Check out this free storybook download and videos shared by the Access Inclusion newsletter by Children’s Inclusion Supports Services around managing big feeling!

Storybook pdf:

Video series:

This storybook and video series teaches kids about freeze, flight and fight and helps them learn some basic self-regulation skills. Understanding freeze, flight and fight can allow for new conversations about how your child feels and what to do to help them manage their big feelings!



The changing of the season is a time for comfort. Some fun activities to do as a family include:

• Mason jar lantern (materials provided)
• No-sew blanket
• Apple chips
• Pumpkin pancakes

NEW! Curbside pick up opportunities available. This package will be available for contactless pick-up at our West End @52 Gill Street location on:

– Wednesday October 14th from 4pm-6pm
– Thursday October 15th from 9-11am and
– Saturday October 17th from 10am-12pm

We hope to see you there!


This Bilingual package promotes family time, art and science. In this package, you will find many exciting activities to do with pumpkins, including:

• How to grow a pumpkin patch inside your home (yes, you can!)
• Many easy, festive fall pumpkin recipes
• Ways to learn with and eat pumpkin seeds
• Songs and craft ideas

This package will be available for contactless pick up at our West End at 52 Gill Street location on:

– Wednesday, October 21 – 4 to 6pm and
– Thursday, October 22 – 9-11am.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thanksgiving Family Activities

This Bilingual package promotes family time, being grateful and giving thanks.  In this package, you will find many activities to do as a family, including:

  • Making and using a gratitude jar
  • Fun family games and activities
  • Songs and craft ideas
  • Suggested books and a beautiful poem.

This package will be available for contactless pick-up at our West End @52 Gill Street location on October 08th from 9-11am.  We hope to see you there!

Bilingual Kits for curbside pick up for the upcoming weeks

New Sudbury Historical Trail – Talk a Walk with Stacey and Bobbi, Early ON

Young Children and Sleep

As we welcome the transition back to school, whether in person or on a virtual platform, young children are available to learn best with a strong sleep routines.

A few tips to help establish and maintain a healthy sleep routine are:

  1. Daily exercise – children require opportunities to exert energy throughout the day.  Try planning small physical activity breaks before, during and after school.  Make use of your community resources such as playgrounds, hiking trails and free outdoor spaces to engage in play when and where you can!
  2. Bedtime routines are important.  This means keep your kid’s bedtime around the same time each night when possible.
  3. End screen time at least one hour before bedtime. Plan for more quiet and low stimulating activities.
  4. Ideal and quiet environment can help kids fall asleep easier.

Check out this infographic from the Government of Canada that summarizes the most current stats.  Available in both English and French!

ASQ Family Resources

The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) website is sharing free parent activities for children.  These ASQ activities can support and boost children’s development as they grow. Download the latest ASQ activities that include fun new ways for families to keep kids birth to 5 engaged and learning.

Discovering The Outdoors!

This package promotes family time, physical activity, literacy, language and creativity.  You will find activities such as:

  • Decorative Walk
  • Obstacles Shmostacles
  • Hunting for Nature’s Treasures
  • Wilderness Run
  • Graffiti Art
  • Movement Song
  • Nature Collage

This package will be available for contactless pick-up at our West End site located at 52 Gill Street on September 17, 2020 from 9am – 11am.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Exploring the Outdoors!

Enjoy this video of our EarlyON Practitioners Stacy and Bobbi as they take you on an outdoor exploration walk!

Mental Health Resources during COVID

The School of Mental Heath Ontario team has put together a great set of resources to help student mental health during covid-19 and the return to school.  Here is the link geared towards educators, parents and families and students!

Supportive Transitioning for Children with ADHD

Over the last several months, many families have found themselves struggling with less routine, activities and/or socialization.  Children with ADHD may have been experiencing an even harder time than most.

Please find below a great article from Hamilton Health Sciences about supporting children while at home and with the potential transition back to school or child care.

Math is Everywhere

Look around there are exciting math opportunities abound!  Whether you are enjoying time indoors, outdoors, or are on the go making math part of your daily routines helps your child understand that math is fun and important.

Check out this presentation completed by Karen and Sharlene; EarlyON Practitioners to learn more!

Self Regulation

This week, we are offering a self-regulation package.  In the package, you will find tips to putting self-regulation into practice and some helpful strategies for children as well as adults.

Included in the package is a description of how to create your own coping skills toolbox, calming jars and stress balls.

This package will be available for contactless pick-up at our West End @52 Gill Street location on September 3rd from 9-11am.  We hope to see you there!

The Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly - Part 1

Check out this video prepared by Stacy King, EarlyON Practitioner, sharing the details of the beautiful Monarch butterfly.  Enjoy!

The Journey of Monarch Butterfly - Part 2

We are happy to share Part 2 of our video Series: Monarch Butterflies completed by our EarlyON Practitioner Stacy King.  We hope you have enjoyed watching this butterfly journey with us!

Bilingual Bubble Package

This week’s bilingual bubble package, includes great bubble activities, songs, finger plays and read aloud links to books about bubbles.  You will find many activities to extend bubble play, including:

  • Bubble recipes
  • a variety of sensory bubble play ideas
  • bubble arts and crafts
  • and some bubble science activities

This package will be available for contactless pick-up at our West End @52 Gill Street location on August 27th 2020, from, 9:00 am until 11:00 am. Quantities are limited. We hope to see you there!

Math is Everywhere

Our EarlyON team members, Sharlene and Karen, prepared this voice-over presentation for caregivers.  Click on the link to learn about how you can shape your children’s learning with math in every day activities!

Literacy and Physical Literacy Activities

Check out this information sheet from our EarlyON team regarding Literacy, Numeracy and Language and play!

Supportive Connections for Children and Youth – Video 2

Here is the second video in Dr. Jean Clinton’s video series on Supportive Connection for Children and Youth.  We hope you are enjoying the learning in this series!

Did you know that a study shows that our children play less than one hour a day and compared this to the 2 hour mandated outdoor time of prison inmates? Dr. Jean unpacks the connection between play and social emotional development and describes how other societal changes such as technology and parental stress has hindered children’s social and emotional development.

Natural Environment Teaching

In our current environment, this video by Sir Ken Robinson pushes our thinking about why and how we can move our teaching outdoors.

What opportunities can you create to bring play and learning outdoors?

If you are looking for resources and support around natural environment teaching, chat with at Registered Early Childhood Educator – our EarlyON Practitioners and Special Needs Resourcing Consultants are here to assist.  Please contact us via this link (, and someone will be happy to assist you.

Supportive Connections for Children and Youth – Video 1

Join us in exploring the first video in Dr. Jean Clinton’s video series on Supportive Connections for Children and Youth.

In Video 1, Dr. Clinton describes Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as on ongoing Developmental Process. According to her, SEL is “…essential for all ages but the ability to develop competencies becomes much deeper in the middle years and adolescence.

In this video, Dr. Jean indicated that SEL is the foundation for mental wellbeing. What do you think?

Benefits of Baby Sign

In the last few years, baby sign language has gained popularity in teaching over a babies first year. Baby Sign Language has three types of benefits:

Practical : less fussing and more fun.
Emotional : creates a closer parental bond.
Cognitive : boosts brain development.

Please watch this video created by our EarlyON practitioners explaining the benefits of baby sign, sample instructions on common signs and a sing along.

Natural Environment Teaching 101

Natural Environment Teaching (NET) is a term that is used for when skills are taught or generalized within the natural environment. For example, you might teach a child to receptively and expressively label colours of items at the table. Then, during NET the student would get to practice the skill by labelling colours of crayons that you’re colouring with or asking for colours of playdoh that you’re playing with!

Check out this NET Infographic from our team for more tips and information!

Re-Energizing Your Walks with the Kids!

As the weather continues to warm up, our EarlyON Practitioners wanted to share some additional ideas you can add in to your daily walks.  What a great way to include expressive and receptive language skills!

For more outdoor activities for children 0-6 years of age:

National Indigenous Peoples Day: June 21st, 2020

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of Indigenous people.

At nearly every Indigenous cultural gathering you will find fry bread. #FryBreadFriday is a video series that celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day through the sharing of fry bread cooking techniques, recipes and stories.

Take a look at the #FryBreadFriday video and try one of the delicious recipes for yourself!

We have also linked a great activity book for children and families to increase knowledge while engaging in some fun activities.

The Benefits of Risky Play

Risky play in early childhood can help develop a child’s self-confidence, resilience, executive functioning abilities and even risk-management skills.

Risky play involves kids experimenting and pushing themselves to figure out what will happen, without knowing the exact outcome.

Check out this visual guide that summarizes some of the benefits of risky play, along with a quick video for your learning!

Inclusion At a Quick Glance

With the City of Greater Sudbury, our Early Learning professionals strive to promote high quality early learning education and care programs that ensure all children have opportunities to develop their language, social, physical and cognitive abilities. Inclusive early education is not just about placement in a program, but also active participation in social interactions and the development of children’s abilities and skills.

Puppet Play and Learn

Our EarlyON team shares some tips and resources on how to make and use puppets in play!

Cooking Activity - Banana Cookies

Did you know that the simple act of inviting your children to cook and bake with you can promote the following skills?

  • Help children develop confidence and expand their food choices by being a part of meal time preparation.
  • Teaches them to follow directions and develop problem-solving skills.
  • Promotes fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills by chopping, mixing, squeezing, and spreading.
  • Encourages children’s thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. It also allows children the opportunity to use the knowledge they have and apply it by counting, measuring, following a sequence, following directions, and cause and effect.

We hope you try out this Easy Peasy Banana Cookies recipe, enjoy!

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.

Click here

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!

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!