Updates for the week of July 5th!

  • Outdoor Programming Details & Registration Links!
  • Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action: Child Welfare
  • Quick Poll About a Return to Indoor Programming!
  • All Our Programming in a Single Graphic!
  • Easy Links to Playlists and our Social Media Platforms
  • Stories, Songs, Activities: YouTube links from last week!
  • Content Coming This Week!
  • Kimbourne Park United Church is Hiring!
Outdoor Programming This Week! Sign Up!
Two white toddlers sitting on the grass with one toddler covering their eyes and the baby looking at the camera
Two white toddlers sitting on the grass with one toddler uncovering their eyes and the baby looking at the camera
Outdoor Programming will vary a little, week by week, over the summer. Bear with us! We're sharing the lawn with a summer camp and still working things out. Here are the main details for now:
  • 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 the week of July 5th only (still lots of space!)
  • Registration link for week of July 12th only
  • 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.
Tentative schedule:
  • Week of July 5th: Monday through Friday, 9 - 10:30 am; 10:30 - 12 noon; Saturday 9 am - 12 noon
  • Weeks of July 12th, 19th, 26th: Monday through Friday, 9:15 – 10:15 am; 11 am – 12 noon; 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: TBA

Q: What happens during outdoor programming?
A: Our staff bring toys that are suitable for outdoor play out onto the lawn. These include small toddler slides, hockey & soccer nets, vehicles, sidewalk chalk, books, etc. They are sanitized after each use and there are labelled containers for toys to be sanitized after children have played with them. Screening for each person is required on arrival, hands must be cleaned and participants are required to be socially distanced from people who are not in their family or caregiving group.
Q. Will masks be required?
A. EarlyON Operating Guidelines from Toronto Public Health require masks for people over 2 years who don't engage in physical distancing.
Q. Where are when will updates be provided?
A. Updates will be provided in this newslettter every Sunday and on our Facebook page.
Q. Will washrooms and diaper changing facilities be available?
A. Yes.
94 Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action:
Child Welfare
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In the coming weeks, we will share Calls to Action, beginning with those under the section of Child Welfare.

1.We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to commit to reducing the number of Aboriginal children in care by:
i.Monitoring and assessing neglect investigations.
ii.Providing adequate resources to enable Aboriginal communities and child-welfare organizations to keep Aboriginal families together where it is safe to do so, and to keep children in culturally appropriate environments, regardless of where they reside.
iii.Ensuring that social workers and others who conduct child-welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the history and impacts of residential schools.
iv.Ensuring that social workers and others who conduct child-welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the potential for Aboriginal communities and families to provide more appropriate solutions to family healing.
v. Requiring that all child-welfare decision makers consider the impact of the residential school experience on children and their caregivers.

2.We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, to prepare and publish annual reports on the number of Aboriginal children (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) who are in care, compared with non-Aboriginal children, as well as the reasons for apprehension, the total spending on preventive and care services by child-welfare agencies, and the effectiveness of various interventions.

3.We call upon all levels of government to fully implement Jordan’s Principle.

4.We call upon the federal government to enact Aboriginal child-welfare legislation that establishes national standards for Aboriginal child apprehension and custody cases and includes principles that:i.Affirm the right of Aboriginal governments to establish and maintain their own child-welfare agencies.ii.Require all child-welfare agencies and courts to take the residential school legacy into account in their decision making.iii.Establish, as an important priority, a requirement that placements of Aboriginal children into temporary and permanent care be culturally appropriate.

5. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate parenting programs for Aboriginal families.

Photo: a collage of images from Every Child Matters walks across Canada on July 1st 2021
Indoor Programming Is Coming Back!
We're waiting for Toronto EarlyON to provide Operating Guidelines for INDOOR programming! Please participate in this quick poll (1 - 2 questions) to help us with planning. While there is much unknown, we are presuming the following will be required:
  • pre-registration
  • limited numbers
  • masking for over age two
THANKS for your help!
Outdoor Programs!
Science, Puppets, Art, Bedtime on Instagram!
Click anywhere on the graphic to access a PDF with live links!
Easy Links to ALL our Recorded Content!
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Superhero Yoga with Gecy!
Anna reads Just One More by Tracey Corderoy!
Rashida reads Bracelets for Bina's Brothers by Rajani Larocca
Anna reads Grandad's Island by Benji Davies
Rashida reads Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
Anna reads Monkey, Not Ready for the Baby by Marc Brown
Rashida reads Salma the Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan
In Cantonese: make a moving paper chick with Anna!
Bengali Story Time with Rashida: a story of three stray cats and a little girl!
Coming Up This Week!
Books, Songs & Activities:
  • All Around Our World: South Africa!
  • Family Science: Astronomy!
  • Nibi's Water Song by Sunshine Tenasco
Kimbourne Park United Church (our fantastic landlord!) is hiring an Administrator!
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