Updates for the week of July 19th!

  • Welcome to our new subscribers!
  • Details & Registration Links for Outdoor Programming!
  • Anticipating a Return to Indoor Programming!
  • Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action: Language and Culture
  • All Our Programming in a Single Graphic!
  • Easy Links to Playlists and our Social Media Platforms
  • We're Pausing Toy Donations! Ideas for Where Else to Donate.
We're excited to have so many new subscribers! Welcome!!
Whether you're a new parent or you've been in the game awhile, we're so happy you found us! Our organization has a long history in our community, offering programs six mornings a week at two sites, an evening program and a baby program! More recently, we've done a LOT of virtual programming! We look forward to meeting you face to face just as soon as we can! This newsletter, and our social media platforms are our primary ways of communicating with our community. When our indoor programs re-open, this is where you'll hear about it. Keep scrolling to find out more or to register for outdoor programs!
Outdoor Programming: Rain or Shine!
Truth: We've had more rain than shine, but that hasn't stopped us!
Outdoor Programming varies a little, week by week, over the summer. Bear with us! We're sharing the lawn with a summer camp and working on getting indoor programming up and running soon!
  • Location: front lawn of Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd.
  • Participants must pre-screen and pre-register each adult and child who will attend a session
  • Adult screening questionnaire: Screening Adult TPH
  • Child screening questionnaire: Screening-child-TPH eng
  • Registration link for week of July 19th (Monday through Saturday)
  • Registration link for week of July 26th (Monday through Saturday)
  • If you request program dates, please monitor your email for our confirmation. Check in with us at eastendprograms@gmail.com if you don't hear from us after registering or have questions.
  • Programs are restricted to groups of 25 including staff. We ask that all registered participants keep their commitment to attending programs unless they are sick.
  • Outdoor Programming Q & A for the uninitiatated!
Schedule:
  • Weeks of July 19th, 26th: Monday through Friday, 9:15 – 11: 15 am. Saturday 9 am – 12 noon
  • Week of August 1st: Tuesday through Saturday 9 am – 12 noon
  • Weeks of August 9th, 16th, 23rd: Annual Organizational CLOSURE
  • Week of August 29th: Fingers crossed for indoor programming (TBA)
Indoor Programming Is Coming Back!
We're still waiting for operating guidelines for indoor programming! As soon as we have them, we'll set a start date and communicate our plan.

Based on 22 responses to our Indoor Programming Quick Poll, over 70% feel ready to return to indoor programming, with the remaining not ready or not sure. There were many sweet comments about how much our programs are valued and missed. We miss you all and can't wait to see you again soon!
We're getting a head start in prepping our room, which includes building our new climber, and disassembling the old one, which has served children for over 30 years. It was loved so much that we sourced its supplier and built a new one just like it!

We've been simplifying our play materials and set up, so we can comply with sanitizing requirements each day.

a partially disassembed roof for an indoor climbing structure for children sits on the floor
Taking apart the old climber
a partially disassembled climbing apparatus
Coming apart, piece by piece
two people arranging red plastic tubs to create a base for an indoor climbing apparatus for children
Clio and Rashida start building the new climber!
a brown person stands next to a black person both wearing masks and reaching toward the red tubes of the climbing apparatus they are building
Almost done!
five people of various racial backgrounds wearing masks sit together  a red indoor climbing apparatus
Great job!
a group of racially diverse people wearing masks gather around a red plastic children's climbing apparatus
The EECC team!
94 Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action:
Language and Culture
orange background with indigenous symbols in black arranged in a circle around the text Every Child Matters
In the coming weeks, we will share Calls to Action. This week's section addresses Language and Culture.

13.We call upon the federal government to acknowledge that Aboriginal rights include Aboriginal language rights.

14.We call upon the federal government to enact an Aboriginal Languages Act that incorporates the following principles:
i.Aboriginal languages are a fundamental and valued element of Canadian culture and society, and there is an urgency to preserve them.
ii.Aboriginal language rights are reinforced by the Treaties.
iii.The federal government has a responsibility to provide sufficient funds for Aboriginal-language revitalization and preservation.
iv.The preservation, revitalization, and strengthening of Aboriginal languages and cultures are best managed by Aboriginal people and communities.
v.Funding for Aboriginal language initiatives must reflect the diversity of Aboriginal languages.

15.We call upon the federal government to appoint, in consultation with Aboriginal groups, an Aboriginal Languages Commissioner. The commissioner should help promote Aboriginal languages and report on the adequacy of federal funding of Aboriginal-languages initiatives.

16.We call upon post-secondary institutions to create university and college degree and diploma programs in Aboriginal languages.

17. We call upon all levels of government to enable residential school Survivors and their families to reclaim names changed by the residential school system by waiving administrative costs for a period of five years for the name-change process and the revision of official identity documents, such as birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, health cards, status cards, and social insurance numbers.
Next week's Calls to Action 18 - 24: Health

Outdoor Programs!
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Where to Donate Gently Loved Toys
Again, in case you missed it: PLEASE DON'T drop off bags of toys at our door. We're a little overwhelmed right now with in-person programming starting up! Here are some other ideas:
  • The Salvation Army on Overlea Blvd is accepting donations.
  • The Tiny Toy Co repurposes and upcycles toys, especially small plastic pieces, to keep them out of landfill and create theme based kits.
  • Freecycle Toronto
  • Freecycle Facebook Page
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