Useful Websites

We are regularly out on the Web. When we find a great site we list it.

  1. Better Together
    A hands on approach to family, food and fun!
  2. Born Learning
    Everyday life is a learning experience for children. Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.
  3. Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops
    Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops has been providing valuable social recreational programming for children, youth and families in our community since 1955. We currently provide high quality programs addressing a wide variety of community needs.
  4. Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs
    FRP Canada promotes the well-being of families by providing national leadership, consultation and resources to those who care for children and support families
  5. Canadian Child Care Federation
    Provides information about the Federation, its activities as well as access to a series of resourcesfor parents and other care providers.
  6. Canadian Council on Learning
    The CCL incluces a Knowledge Centre on ECD. Their website provides access to CCL reports and other publications on learning in the early years.
  7. Canadian Father Involvement Initiative
    The CFII aims to promote both understanding of and concerted action toward responsible father involvement as a supportive and protective condition of healthy child development and resiliency.
  8. Canadian Paediatric Society
    The CPS website is designed to provide both CPS members and other health care professionals with information they need to make informed decisions about child health care.
  9. Cape Breton University Children's Rights Centre
    The focus of the Centre is on research, education, student training, and advocacy activities.
  10. Caring for Kids
    This website of the Canadian Paediatric Society provides information about health, safety, behaviour and learning from pregnancy through to the teen years.
  11. Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development
    The Centre provides access to important and up-to-date information that is based on the best scientific research currently available, focusing on children's behaviour and mental health.
  12. Centre on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
    The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.
  13. Centres of Excellence for Children's Well-Being
    The mission of the CEECD is to improve our knowledge of the social and emotional development of young children. Their website provides access to publications and information about events.
  14. Child and Nature Alliance
    The Alliance is a virtual network of organizations and individuals who are working to connect children to nature through education, advocacy, programming, policy, research, care-giving, and the built environment.
  15. Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
    The CCAAC is dedicated to working together for the right of all children to access a publicly funded, inclusive, quality, non-profit child care system.
  16. Child Care Resource and Research Unit
    The CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care and family policy in Canada and internationally.
  17. Child Trauma Academy
    CTA is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. We recognize the crucial importance of childhood experience in shaping the health of the individual, and ultimately, society. By creating biologically-informed child and family respectful practice, programs and policy, CTA seeks to help maltreated and traumatized children
  18. Circle of Security®
    The Circle of Security® is an innovative intervention program designed to alter the developmental pathway of parents and their young children.
  19. Early Years Community Development Institute
    The overarching purpose of the Early Years Community Development Institute is to build a stronger, more sustainable and community driven system for the early years in B.C. by creating mechanisms and infrastructure to strengthen the practice of Early Years Community Development professionals. The ultimate impact and evidence of a stronger Early Childhood Development system will be reflected in improved measures of child development outcomes.
  20. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
    This Encyclopedia, published on the Internet, is available free of charge. It covers 37 topics related to the psychosocial development of the child, from conception to the age of five, and presents the most up-to-date scientific knowledge.
  21. First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
    First Call: BC Child & Youth Advocacy Coalition is a cross-sectoral, non-partisan coalition. Our coalition is made up of 90 provincial organizations and 25 mobilized communities. In addition, we have a network of hundreds of community groups and individuals.
  22. Handbook of Language and Literacy Development: A Roadmap from 0 to 60 Months
    Provides evidence-based information on children's language and literacy development up to 5 years of age.
  23. Harvard Center on the Developing Child
    Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child Website
  24. Healthy Child Manitoba
    Led by the Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet, Healthy Child Manitoba bridges departments and governments and, together with the community, works to improve the well-being of Manitoba's children and youth. Their website provides information about the Province of Manitoba's programs and initiatives to support families and chidren during the early years.
  25. Health Canada
    This section of the Health Canada website provides information on a number of health-related topics, including childhood diseases and illnesses, healthy environments, mental health, school health and work-life balance.
  26. Healthy Child Healthy World
    Simple steps to create a safe, clean, green home for your baby, kids and family.
  27. Health Link BC
    British Columbians have trusted health information at their fingertips with just a phone call or a click away with HealthLink BC. Just three numbers - 8-1-1 - on the phone or online at www.HealthLinkBC.ca means easy access to non-emergency health information and services. Translation services are available in over 130 languages on request. For deaf and hearing-impaired assistance (TTY), call 7-1-1.
  28. Human Early Learning Partnership
    HELP is an interdisciplinary research network from British Columbia's six major universities that facilitates the creation of new knowledge, and helps apply this knowledge by working directly with government and communities. Their website provides access to presentations, publications and online resources.
  29. Kamloops Branch - Canadian Mental Health Association
    The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), exists to promote the mental health of British Columbians, and support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
  30. Kelty Mental Health 
    Mental health resources for parents and caregivers. Check out the interactive Bedtime Routine online tool for parents here also: http://keltymentalhealth.ca/healthy-living/bedtime-routine 
  31. National Institute for Early Education Research (USA)
    The NIEER conducts and communicates research to support high quality, effective, early childhood education for all young children.
  32. Mother Risk
    Provides authoritative information and guidance about the risks associated with drug, chemical, infection, disease and radiation exposure(s) to pregnant or lactating women.
  33. Offord Centre for Child Studies
    The Offord Centre is dedicated to improving the life quality and life opportunities of children and youth by focusing on the biological factors and life circumstances that influence healthy child development. Thewebsite provides information on the Centre's work, including the Early Development Instrument (EDI).
  34. Parenting Counts
    Parenting Counts is the research based family of products developed by the Talaris Institute to support parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children.
  35. Parents Matter
    This website of FRP Canada provides downloadable resources for parents, some of which are available in ten different languages.
  36. Physical Activity Line  
    The Physical Activity Line (PAL) is British Columbia's primary physical activity counselling service & your FREE resource for practical & trusted physical activity & healthy living information. 
  37. Psych Central - 49 Phrases to calm an anxious child
    49 Phrases to calm an anxious child blog post/ 
  38. Raising Children Network (Australia)
    Funded by the Australian Government, this website proves information that can help parents with the day-to-day decisions of raising children, and looking after their own needs.
  39. Science of Early Child Development
    This online curriculum resource uses multimedia and interactivity to illustrate the research on developmental health, brain development, the ecology of childhood, coping & competence and communicating & learning.
  40. Society for Children and Youth of BC
    The Society for Children and Youth of B.C. is a unique provincial advocacy organization dedicated to improving the well-being of children and youth.
  41. Spatulatta
    Kids teaching kids to cook!
  42. Success by Six
    Success By 6 is an early childhood development initiative dedicated to providing all children with a good start in life. It helps to ensure that children ages 0 to 6 develop the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical skills they need as they enter school.
  43. TNRD Library System
    Headquartered in Kamloops, the Thompson Nicola Region Library System has a lot to offer our community.
  44. Vanier Institute of the Family
    The Vanier institute of the Family works to make families as important to the life of Canadian society as they are to the lives of individual Canadians.
  45. Zero to Three (USA)
    Offers free resources about children's development in the first three years of life.

Below is a short list of influential publications that inform our work in championing the Early Years.

  1. BC Atlas of Child Development
    (Kershaw P, Irwin L, Trafford K, Hertzman C)
    The Atlas presents a visual summary of early child development trends across neighbourhood, school district and provincial geographies in BC.
  2. Creating Communities for Young Children: A Toolkit for Change
    (Human Early Learning Partnership)
    Written to support BC communities, this toolkit aims to help communities to understand the work of the ECD Mapping Project and to use the information in their neighbourhoods to create positive change for children. Many any of its ideas will be adaptable to other jurisdictions.
  3. The Child Care Transition
    Innocenti Report Card 8 UNICEF
  4. Child Poverty in Perspective: An Overview of Child Well-Being in Rich Countries
    Innocenti Report Card 7 UNICEF
  5. Closing the Gap in a Generation: Health Equity Through Action on the Social Determinants of Health
    The Final Report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health.
  6. Early Childhood Education and Care: Next Steps
    Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
  7. Early Years Study: Reversing the Real Brain Drain
    (McCain, Margaret & Fraser Mustard)
    This seminal report, published in 1999, describes the critical importance of children's early interactions in shaping their development.