New! Parent Support Group

Are you lookign for ways to balance supporting your hcild with special needs with your other child(ren)? CDRCP and Surrey Place are offering an open discussion support group for families looking to connect with other families!

New Workshop! Pathways to Developmental Services

Child Development Resource Connection Peel invites you to join our Information and Resource Specialist, as well as a community Social Worker for our “Pathways to Developmental Services” workshop.

Child Care Expenses Deduction

Childcare expenses are amounts paid to have someone look after an eligible child so that you or the other person could do one of the following:

Ontario Child Care Tax Credit

The provincial government in Ontario has introduced a new tax credit for eligible childcare expenses called the "Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses" (CARE) tax credit. This credit will provide the flexibility families need to choose the child care options that work best for them.

InfoPeel: April Workshops

 

InfoPeel April Workshops

Famous Canadian Women that Positively Impacted Canada’s Equity Seeking Communities

March is a very exciting month because it is Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month is the celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and the community. Let’s reflect and learn about the Canadian women who have made a significant impact on our future through innovation, dedication, and hard work.

As CDRCP and InfoPeel work to empower families and individuals with special needs, we wish to celebrate International Women’s History Month by highlighting Canadian women who served the special needs and vulnerable sector. We will tell the stories of five Canadian women who shared our mission in making a difference for communities with special needs, physical disabilities, and those in our equity seeking groups. These trailblazers and pioneers are Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova, Irma Levasseur, Jean Little, Vera L. Parsons, and Zanana Loraine Akande.

Empowering Children of Immigrants

Young first-generation immigrants and children of immigrants may experience some disconnect with their native culture in Canada. They will be exposed to English throughout their schooling, their favourite television shows, and on the playground with friends, which can heavily influence their identities. It can be difficult for immigrant parents to understand these unique experiences. It is also natural for parents to want their children to be closer to their ethnic or religious culture. For children, it can be confusing since they are unsure of which culture or cultures they belong to as members. Here are some things to consider when connecting with your child:

Talking to Children About Immigration

Canada is a cultural mosaic comprised of different ethnicities, languages, and cultures. Children may recognize differences amongst their peers in relation to their cultural practices, communication style, language, religious practices, food preferences, attire, and appearance. These differences may spark some questions about immigration and diversity.

 

Here are some ideas to help guide your conversation:

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This day is very special, as it is a call to action for the world recognize gender inequality in science, and to “achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.” We would like to invite all girls to a fun science activity from Peel Respite Service’s Virtual Respite Booklet: Invisible Ink!

Learning English or French as a Newcomer

     There are thousands of newcomers who come to Canada with difficulties in speaking the official languages of English or French. Speaking the common languages can be intimidating, but there are various services here to help. You can develop your English or French literacy while also getting assistance in Punjabi, Urdu, Arabic, Polish, Tagalog, Spanish, Mandarin, and other languages when accessing government resources.

 

       Finding the appropriate supports for family or child development, such as disability programs, has become easier through English learning opportunities and interpretive services. There are government-funded programs offered for free and other online services that can help you learn. Here are some steps to follow:

Accessing Disability Supports as a Newcomer

How you looking to access disability supports? Do any of the following apply to you or your family?

  • You're a newcomer to Canada and you're the parent or guardian of a child with a disability in need of new support
  • Your child has been recently diagnosed with a physical, developmental, learning, or temporary disability and you need support
  • You feel uncertain about the resources and supports available for your child’s disability

Read here for a Step-By-Step Process for Accessing Disability Supports

Peel Respite Services

Peel Respite Services is a family support service that promotes active living, and temporary relief from the physical and emotional demands involved in caring for a family member with special needs. We help connect respite providers to families in the Peel region, allowing them to be self-employed and gain experience to enrich their skills in social services.
 
If you have a passion for helping others, we welcome you to watch our new video that discusses the program more and how to register. 
 

Back to School; Tips for Inclusive Education

Back to School; Tips for Inclusive Education

Returning to school is daunting for everyone especially those families whose children require additional support. With this in mind InfoPeel has created a tip sheet to help provide some pointers on the ways families can ensure their child has access to everything they require to be successful in the new school year.

Learning About the School

School Orientation: At the beginning or the start of the student’s school year, ask the school for how they can deliver a safe and informative orientation method whether in-person or virtual. Such areas to learn about would be the student’s classroom, quiet spaces, and sensory rooms. In addition, if you are new to Ontario, request to be connected to Settlement Services such as a Settlement Worker in School.

School Readiness Tips

Starting School this year? School Readiness Tips from our EarlyON Team

Even though school is going to look a little different this year, it’s still extremely important to prepare children for what’s to come and help them develop the skills they need to be successful in the classroom.

That’s why this August, CDRCP EarlyON hosted weekly virtual School Readiness Workshops. Each workshop focused on different topics related to school readiness. The idea for these workshops originated from a parent’s comment during one of our virtual programs. From there, we asked families what topics they would like to discuss and school readiness proved to be an important topic.

In case you missed our last virtual Workshop, titled “Parent Questions & Answers”, hosted by EarlyON Program Supervisor Mildred Frimpong, here’s a recap of what was covered and how you can support your child entering school.

Self-Care and Well-being: Tips and Resources

Making time for your personal well-being can often be categorized as something you do when you ‘have the time,’ or in other words, it’s not always deemed as an essential component of our everyday lives. In fact, you hear it on a daily basis, “I wish I had more time to work out!” or “I want to eat healthier, but where do I start?”

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