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Welcome to the Davenport-Perth EarlyON Child and Family Centre June 2020 Newsletter

      

       
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In this Newsletter:
 

Program Updates

Activity Bag Initiative

Update of Community Resources offered by our Davenport-Perth Neighborhood and Community Health Centre

Helping Children Get Used to Masks in the Time of Covid-19

Summer Safety Tips for Babies and Children
Preschool and Kindergarten Updates
Yummy Fish Cake Recipe and Introducing Allergens to Your Baby

Covid-19 Community Resources

PROGRAM UPDATES:

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We miss you all very much, and hope you are all safe and healthy. As we move into our twelfth week of the provincial Covid-19 restrictions, all EarlyON Child and Family Centres continue to remain closed until further notice. Ontario has moved into Phase two of re-opening certain services and businesses but group gatherings and community service groups continue to be restricted. However, the weather is beautiful and this month's newsletter provides families with outdoor activities and resources to keep busy and connected.

You may also contact our main line if you need to reach someone immediately at (416)-656-8025 and ask to speak with someone in the EarlyON Centre. We provide services in
Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Tamil and Urdu.
 
Please continue to stay safe and healthy. We will continue to update information on community resources to help you plan for the coming months.


Sincerely,

The EarlyON Team

OUTDOOR PLAY ACTIVITY BAG:

Since the weather is getting nicer, our little ones want to spend more time outdoors! For families struggling to come up with outdoor learning opportunities we will be offering individual outdoor play bags. Limited quantities available. The variety of materials and activities are appropriate for children aged 2-5 years old. For families that are interested in receiving the outdoor activity bag, we ask you to please email Melanie at mdesroches@dpnchc.ca or call any EarlyON Staff at (416)-656-8025. We will send you further information about the distribution date and time. 

The bag contains bubbles, a magnifying glass, sidewalk chalk, a pinwheel, a book, a nature scavenger hunt, and outdoor activity ideas!
Services offered at Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Centre (1900 Davenport Road):
Telephone outreach to clients and community members;
Take-away meals available at the main door on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.
• Friday snack packs program pick-up is available at 2:00 p.m;
• Crisis intervention supports and settlement services are available by phone at (416)-656-8025


EarlyON/Healthy Beginnings at The Stop Community Food Centre (1884 Davenport Road):
Telephone counselling, food hampers and support with your pregnancy.
Please email christina@thestop.org, or call Tamara at (416)-588-3755 ext. 557, or our main line at (416)-656-8025 to speak with an EarlyON staff.

The Health Centre (1892 Davenport Road):
The majority of health care is done by telephone and we continue to provide appointments to our regular clients for urgent health issues that cannot be treated by phone. Before calling the Health Centre YOU MUST CALL FIRST TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT at (416)-658-6812 

The Community Choice Pharmacy (1892 Davenport Road):
The pharmacy is open and hours vary, please call (416)-651-8228

Non-Insured Clients looking for health services:
Please contact our Settlement Team at (416)-656-8025 to be directed to clinics and resources.

If you need food locally:
Our local Food Bank is The Stop Community Food Centre.

Do you need a face mask?
Local sewers and community members are making face masks to support the community. If you would like a few for your family, please contact our main line at (416)-656-8025 and speak with Carrie. Or email cyoudell@dpnchc.ca. If we don't have them available immediately, we can put your name on our list and get back to you when they are ready for pick up.

Please note: masks are not recommended for children under the age of 2 and will not be provided.
HELPING CHILDREN GET USED TO MASKS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19:
This is a challenging time for families around the world. To spread the slow of the virus, some parents may be struggling to get their children to wear a mask. KidsHealth has compiled tips to help children get used to wearing a mask. Reminder: masks are not recommend for children under the age of 2.
SUMMER SAFETY TIPS FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN:

        

As the weather heats up and families are heading outdoors, it's important to keep your children protected and hydrated:
 
How Can I Keep My Child Safe from the Sun?
Sun Safety Tips for Babies and Children
How to Keep Your Kids Hydrated This Summer


For those rainy days where you can't get outdoors with your little ones, there are many free, fun activities available to keep them busy:

Stay, Play & Learn at Home Resources
15 Ways to Keep Kids Active Indoors (Even With a Small Space!)
Home Activities and Tips for Children with Autism
PRE-SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN UPDATES:

      

City of Toronto - Update on Child Care Services for Essential Workers
Toronto District School Board - Information on School Closures
Toronto District School Board - Update on Kindergarten Registration
Toronto Catholic District School Board - Information on School Closures
Toronto Catholic District School Board - Update on Kindergarten Registration
YUMMY FISH CAKES RECIPE AND INTRODUCING FOOD ALLERGENS:

                                       


DPNCHC's Community Dietician, Jedid, is sharing a delicious 'Yummy Fish Cakes' recipe with our families this month! Click on the link to view the full recipe and information on introducing allergenic foods to your baby during the pandemic. Introduction to food allergens when baby is ready for solid food (around 6 months), is very important to reduce the risk of baby developing a food allergy. Happy cooking - we hope you enjoy the recipe!
COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR COVID-19:

Parenting Resources and Tips (English)
Parenting Resources and Tips (Multiple Languages)
Income and Community Supports in Ontario
Facebook
Twitter
Website
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