- Here are some links to other websites that may be of interest:
Aboriginal Children's Circle of Early Learning
BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
BC Children's Hospital
BC HealthGuide BC Nurseline provides 24-hour, confidential health information and advice. http://www.bchealthguide.org/nurseline.stm
Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF)
Child Development ‘Ages and Stages’ checklists for parents. These guidelines from the Campbell River Area Family Network are a good place to check if your child is growing and learning as expected.http://www.crfamilynetwork.ca/child_development.html
Free Interactive software for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2 children is available on the Learn Now BC website. This includes "Early Reading with Bailey's Book House", "Exploring Numbers with Millie's Math House," "Life Sciences with Sammy's Science House," and "Social Sciences with Trudy's Time and Place House". There are also pdf files of supporting materials that can be printed out.
Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)
HELP is a pioneering interdisciplinary research partnership in BC's universities that is directing a world-leading contribution to new understandings and approaches to early childhood development. HELP facilitates the creation of new knowledge and applies it in the community by working directly with governments and communities. Find out about the mapping project, upcoming events and current publications.
Island Family Information - Our Regional Website for Vancouver Island Child Care Resource and Referral Programs.
This site was developed to provide families with information, resources and community services on Vancouver Island.
Kids Domain Family Resource
You will find here an endless supply of games, crafts, tips, reviews and even clipart for parents and kids. Warning: Watch out for advertising overload.
LEAP BC is a set of resources for families, caregivers and early learning practitioners, integrating Education, Activity and Play. Each LEAP BC resource focuses on learning through play and supports healthy child development through physical movement, healthy eating, language development and early literacy:
Community literacy hub for Greater Nanaimo and Ladysmith. Check out the “program” tab to find out when and where various programs are happening, as well as the “calendar” tab that lists various events going on.
Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities.
Oceanside Moms Group
Connect with other parents in this meet-up group for the Oceanside area.
Parent Help Line
Talk to a professional on the phone, access prerecorded messages about parenting issues, visit the online library or discussion groups. Call 1-888-603-9100.
Parent Support Services of BC
Parents for Childcare
Project Literacy Parksville/Qualicum
Queen Alexandra Centre for Children
Roots of Empathy
Success By 6
Today's Parent Magazine
Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (WCCRC)
Western Canada Family Child Care Association (WCFCCA)
Zero to Six Network
This network of families and service providers in the Central Vancouver Island region, advocates for child and family resources. The web site is a great source of information about local drop-in programs, agencies, workshops and parenting courses.