The Best Start Resource Centre is pleased to announce the release of a manual for service providers titled: “Growing Up in a New Land – Strategies for Working with Newcomer Families”. This manual contains information on the following: immigration patterns, cultural practices, social development, language development, healthy living and family parenting strategies. Each section offers background information, a list of strategies, as well as suggested resources, programs and activities. The manual will be useful to service providers who work with newcomer families with children 0-6 in parent-child centres, daycares or through home visits. You can order a print copy or download a PDF of this resource at http://beststart.org/resources/hlthy_chld_dev/index.html.
Training opportunities on this topic are also offered by the Best Start Resource Centre. A regional workshop in October in London is already full but an evening webinar, planned for November 10 and geared to daycare workers still has some spaces available (see http://beststart.org/events/detail/growingup_webinar_2010/growingup.html). A two-hour session on the topic will also be available at the Best Start annual conference, February 23-24, in Toronto. Additional information on our conference will be available in the fall.
This new manual complements our two resources on the reproductive health of newcomer women “Giving Birth in a New Land” (a manual for service providers and a booklet for pregnant newcomers). Both these resources are available at http://beststart.org/resources/rep_health/index.html.