Welcome to the CKF/SB6 Newsletter for May 2018


May is Child Care Month
The B.C. government is proclaiming the month of May as Child Care Month to celebrate the work of thousands of caring and committed child-care operators and early childhood educators throughout the province.

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR)
Penticton CCRR offers quality child care referral, resources and support to all child care providers and families in the South Okanagan communities of Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Kaleden, OK Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos, Cawston, Hedley, Olalla, Princeton and Apex. Information provided on their website includes:

Information and services for parents such as referrals to quality childcare and information about early childhood development.

Subsidies to help pay for child care are available for eligible families through the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Member Resources
Toy lending library, professional development and other resources are available to all CCRR members in good standing.

Autism Information Services BC (AIS BC)
AIS BC is a provincial information centre for autism and related disorders that provides information and supports to families, service providers, and community professionals across B.C.

Experienced staff are available by phone, in person, or by email to explain the range of best practice treatment options for autism spectrum disorder and to help you navigate the BC service system. They  also manage and administer the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) - a list of qualified professionals from across the province, including:
  • Behaviour Analysts/Consultants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
Read more in A Parent's Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Programs. This resource is available in a number of languages here.

Have You Ever Wondered How the Brain Develops?
The human brain grows from before birth to adulthood, and the earliest experiences in the first three years of life can dramatically shape and support brain development into adulthood.  For answers to questions like: "What role do parents play in a baby's brain development?", and "Does experience change the actual structure of the brain?" and more, here.

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Gardening with Kids: How It Affects Your Child's Brain, Body and Soul

Gardening doesn't require a perfectly level, large or sunny backyard. Try planting in a small raised bed or growing a few edibles in existing landscaping. Lean a trellis against an outside wall to grow beans or other edible vines. If you don't have a lot of outdoor space, a few containers and soil in a sunny spot can be an easy way to grow herbs or some sweet cherry tomatoes that kids won't be able to resist. Plants like zucchini, radishes and herbs are fairly easy to grow without a lot of fuss, making them a great return on your investment. The much bigger return is how planting a garden can affect not only your child's body but also their brain and soul.  Read more.
Check Early, Check Often

Looking for a quick and easy way to check on your child's development?  Consider filling out an Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ).  Read more.

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