There is a wealth of information available on the Internet about parenting, child development and building a community where children thrive. Here are a few of our favourite websites.
Newcomer & Refugee Children
Provides information and resources for BC service providers, educators, policy makers and the general public on newcomer children – kids aged 0-12 years from immigrant, refugee and/or temporary resident families.
Developed by the Canadian Paediatric Society, Caring for Kids New to Canada is a guide for health professionals providing care to immigrant and refugee children, youth and families.
For more than 50 years, Search Institute® has been a leader and partner for organizations around the world in discovering what kids need to succeed. Their 40 Developmental Assets® are the most widely recognized and most frequently cited approach to positive youth development in North America.
The Society for Children and Youth of BC provide supports to adult duty bearers to improve the well-being of children and youth in British Columbia. Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as a foundation, SCY has a track record of creating and delivering programs that have motivated change in research, legislation, policy, and practice in Canada.
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is a network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children. Its purpose is to: exchange information; provide public education materials about the Convention on the Rights of the Child; monitor implementation of the Convention in Canada; and engage in dialogue with government officials on child rights issues.
First Call is a cross-sectoral, non-partisan coalition made up of over 90 provincial organizations and 25 mobilized communities. In addition, they have a network of hundreds of community groups and individuals.
BC's Representative for Children and Youth supports children, youth and families who need help in dealing with the child welfare system, and advocates for changes to the system itself.
Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Campaign 2000 began in 1991 out of concern about the lack of government progress in addressing child poverty. Campaign 2000 is non-partisan in urging all Canadian elected officials to keep their promise to Canada's children.
Child Development Research
Active Healthy Kids Canada strives to be a ‘go to’ source for knowledge, insight and understanding that influences thinking and action to help stakeholders build better programs, campaigns and policies in order to increase physical activity among children and youth.
The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network, based at the University of British Columbia. HELP’s unique partnership brings together many scientific viewpoints to address complex early child development (ECD) issues. HELP connects researchers and practitioners from communities and institutions across B.C., Canada, and internationally.
The EDI is a population-level research tool that measures developmental change or trends in populations of children. Communities, schools, and governments use the EDI data to inform their work. Learning how children are actually faring across the province means that communities, schools and governments are able to provide better supports and services for families and young children where they are needed. Richmond children have participated in the EDI since 2003.
The MDI is a unique tool that gathers information about the “whole child” rather than simply focusing on academic progress. The MDI gives children a voice, an opportunity to communicate to adults in schools and communities about what their experiences are inside and outside of school. Richmond children will be participating in the MDI in 2012-2013.
The CEECD fosters the dissemination of scientific knowledge on the development of young children with an emphasis, but not exclusively, on the social and emotional development and on the services and policies that influence this development.
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.
The latest American trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being.
CYFERnetSEARCH offers practical research-based information from leading American universities.
The National Alliance for Children and Youth (NACY) brings diverse non-profit organizations together in a collaborative network dedicated to enhancing the well-being of children and youth in Canada, by providing national leadership and knowledge dedicated to mobilizing and linking practice and research to policy development to support the changing and diverse needs of families on a pan-Canadian basis.
The Harvard Family Research Project helps stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well-being of children, youth, families and their communities.
The Offord Centre’s primary focus is to better understand the causes and consequences of children’s mental health problems from a population health perspective. Combining expertise in child psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, epidemiology, pediatrics and policy development, the Offord Centre encourages innovation and cross-disciplinary collaboration.
This website offers credible, research-based information on what works to improve the lives of children and families. In addition to providing summaries of effective programs, the website also offers issue briefs that summarize the current research on various topics, as well as expert perspectives.
Child Mental Health
Mind Check assists young people to identify and understand mental distress they may be experiencing and to link them to sources of help that will enable them to learn skills and strategies to manage these problems. The website offers quizzes, information and resources.
Parenting and Family Support
Parents Matter offers research links; parenting sites; and parent resource sheets are available in 14 languages.
The BC Council for Families provides downloadable resource material on various parenting topics, such as caregiving, fathering, parenting teens, etc.
Ontario-based website that provides relevant and well-crafted information for fathers and for individuals, agencies, and programs working with fathers.
FIRA is dedicated to the development and sharing of knowledge focusing on father involvement.