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Making early childhood a priority in Quebec

Québec’s wee ones are not just the future of our society, they’re also its present.

~ Grandsemain.com

For over 60 years, November 20 has been the Universal Children’s Day. The Early Childhood Week is a celebration of the Universal Children’s Day. It is an opportunity to communicate and establish à dialogue on the well-being and development of babies, to highlight local, regional and national initiatives that support early childhood and to mobilize our society as a whole.

Laval’s English-speaking Parenthood

Do you live in Laval? Enter the Early Childhood Week contest to win a basket full o9f goodies for children 0-5 years old! #earlychildhoodweek

In order to be eligible to win one of three baskets worth over $150/ea., you need to:

☑️Like and share the ECW post.☑️Follow the Laval’s English-speaking Parenthood Facebook page.☑️Comment as to what Early Childhood Week means to you.

About Early Childhood Week

Early Childhood Week aims to give a voice to the 530,000 children aged 0 to 5 in Quebec in order to make early childhood development a true social priority.

November 15 to 21, 2020, Early Childhood Week, now in its fifth year, is an opportunity for us as a society to stop for a moment, take a closer look at the youngest members of our community and think about what we can do, together, to help each and every one of them get the best possible start in life. Let’s make the most of this week to inspire and inform a conversation about early childhood development in Quebec, from the womb through to preschool, as we shine the spotlight on local and regional support initiatives, and engage community groups, the business world, elected officials and society as a whole.

This year’s Early Childhood Week is being organized by the Collectif petite enfance, a Quebec-wide organization that brings together a broad array of stakeholders to embrace a common cause: making early childhood development a priority for all Quebecers.

The week will be a backdrop for numerous activities and events throughout the province. Be sure to check back and find out more!

Main Objective

Build a Quebec that provides every child, from before birth onward, with the means to realize their full potential.

Goals
  • Provide information about health and well-being in early childhood.
  • Raise awareness at every level of society about the benefits and outcomes of taking collective action in the early years of a child’s life.
  • Engage people at every level of society and emphasize the importance of early intervention.
  • Shine the spotlight on achievements by various stakeholders in nurturing the development of babies and toddlers.

~ Grandsemain.com


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World Children’s Day is Friday, November 20! What better way to celebrate than with a great story!


Do you have a FREE Canada calling plan ? Then you can enjoy Toronto Public Library’s Dial-A-Story, available in 16 languages!

Children and their families can listen to a story by phone any time of day by calling the Toronto Public Library’s Dial-A-Story service at 416-395-5400. NOTE: This is a free service BUT it is a Toronto, Canada number. Please be sure you have free Canada calling on your phone plan or charges may apply.

There are stories for younger children (7 and under) and for older children (up to 12). Dial-a-Story is available in 16 languages:

  • English
  • French
  • Cantonese
  • Gujarati
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Tamil
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu


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Thank you First Book Canada for your amazing work and book distribution! There will be many happy kids and parents this Halloween and Christmas!

Providing equal access to quality education for kids in need since 2009.

First Book Canada increases children’s interest in reading and improves self-esteem in readers. In a poll of the First Book Canada network, 54 percent report that children receiving books have increased self-esteem, 83 percent report seeing an increased interest in reading

A big thank you to Literacy Quebec for organizing this for TLE and to Enza and Abraham for picking up a CAR LOAD FULL of books for children and families in the Laval area!!

Reading is Power

Almost 25% of Canadian households don’t have a single book.

Public education and programs are deeply underfunded, and books are a luxury many families cannot afford. Without adequate resources, children cannot learn. The impact of this cycle is staggering.


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Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Storyline App Storyline Online Main PageOnline Stories: Search by Author, Reader or Title


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Learn and reinforce important early reading and literacy concepts through Sesame Street Apps and videos! NOTE: Although there are many Sesame Street apps lite or free versions, some apps may require a purchase fee to use.

Sesame Street Apps for iOS Sesame Street Videos

Sesame Street App Google Play
Discover games, videos and more on topics important to you and your child. 

Sesame Street in Communities Sesame Street Reading & Writing Activities Developing Math Skills Learning Through Play


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List of best books for baby from Good Housekeeping. Features picture of book along with short description of the story.

List of Baby Books


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This list from TIME of the 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time compiled through consultation is perfect for parents looking for stories to read toying children. #1000BooksBeforeKindergarten

The list includes pictures of each book, author and illustrator, along with a short description. You can also vote for your favourite in the poll on the page.

100 Best Children’s Books

By the editors of TIME, with reporting by Daniel D’Addario, Giri Nathan and Noah Rayman.


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To encourage family literacy in the home, ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging Canadian families to have “15 Minutes of Fun” learning together. Learning can happen at any time. Practicing literacy together for just 15 minutes a day has tremendous benefits for both children and parents. Here are some great ways to get started:

  1. Create your own comic strip about your family.
  2. Invent two new endings to your favourite book.
  3. Make up a new recipe together and post it online.
  4. Tell knock-knock jokes together while doing the dishes.
  5. Sing five songs really, really loud!
  6. Invent a new game while playing at the park.
  7. Read a story to your pet (or favourite toy).
  8. Make a paper fortune teller with eight fortunes.
  9. Write a silly poem and tell it to your family at dinner.
  10. Log on to your favourite word game – can you beat your best score?
  11. Create your family tree.
  12. Play rhyming “I Spy” – “I spy something that rhymes with…”
  13. Play a board game together.
  14. Text your friend and tell them about your holiday.
  15. Find 15 things that begin with the letter “S”.

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Looking for inspiration? Take a trip to Seussville with the family. Try these wonderful, fun activities, resources, tips and ideas to inspire children to explore, play, read, and learn!

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 Seussville Parent’s Section Printables + Certificates Dr. Seuss Activities Dr. Seuss Crafts Recipes Educators Themes Guides Watch


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Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.






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