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An Integrated Framework for Immigrant Children and Youth's School Integration: A Focus on African Francophone Students in British Columbia–Canada

Author(s): MT Masinda, M Jacquet, D Moore

Date: February, 2014

Summary

An abundant literature has been produced on immigrant children and youth education. However, few studies incorporate students’ view in providing a comprehensive definition of immigrant children and youth’s school integration. The aim of this paper is to provide an operational integrated guide, which may be useful for working with immigrant children and youth students, as it takes into consideration the social, cultural, psychological and academic dimensions of their school integration. This integrated guiding framework draws from a five-year experience of community-university partnership. The methodology consists of a review of the literature on the school integration of immigrant children and youth, comprehensive interviews with students, parents and community partners (previous publications by authors), and community’s involvement through a consultation process to determine needs and priorities. The combined findings gathered from these sources are formulated into practical recommendations to assist educators in their support of immigrant children and youth’ school integration process..


Document: An Integrated Framework for Immigrant Children and Youth's School Integration - A focus on African Francophone Students in BC (.pdf)

Time Since Immigration and Ethnicity as Predictors of Physical Activity among Canadian Youth: A Cross-Sectional Study

Author(s): A Kukaswadia, W Pickett, I Janssen

Date: February, 2014

Summary

Little is known about patterns of physical activity engaged in by youth after they immigrate to a new country. This study aims to investigate relationships between immigrant generation and ethnicity with physical activity, and to determine if the relationship between immigrant generation and physical activity was modified by ethnicity.


Document: Time Since Immigration and Ethnicity as Predictors of Physical Activity among Canadian Youth A Cross-Sectional Study (.pdf)

Launch of Five CfEE Research Projects on Youth Employment in British Columbia

Author(s): BC Centre for Employment Excellence

Date: February, 2014

Summary

Five projects will be funded under the BC Centre for Employment Excellence's research programme, Understanding Current Employment Programming and Services for BC Youth. The projects include:
  1. Study of Demand-Led Labour Market Strategies to Improve Employment Outcomes for British Columbia Youth
  2. Understanding Current Employment Programming and Services for Lower Mainland Youth Living with Mental Illness
  3. The Value of Paid or Unpaid Short-term Work Placements for Refugee and Immigrant Youth
  4. Pathways to Success for Youth in BC’s Capital Region: The Power and Potential of Social Enterprise in High Demand Sectors
  5. Negotiating the Barriers to Employment: Vulnerable BC Youth’s Experiences and Recommendations

Website: Link to BC Centre for Employment Excellence

Culture and Diversity Resources

Author(s): CMAS Canada

Date: February, 2014

Summary

Children who are new to Canada bring with them a variety of experiences, language, traditions and cultures to share.

These need to be integrated, valued and appreciated in your child care program to reduce any culture shock, build self esteem, and ease settlement. Children also should see diversities, both in their own families and those of other Canadians, reflected in your programs.

A welcoming and inclusive program builds on the strengths of this diversity and encourages cooperation, exploration, imagination and learning.

Find informative and practical resources on subjects including culture, culture shock, separation anxiety and diversity.


Website: Link to CMAS Website

Newcomer Child Development Resources

Author(s): CMAS Canada

Date: February, 2014

Summary

A different country with different customs, foods and clothing. A different language. A first experience in child care.

Faced with so much change, immigrant children need to be supported in their development as they settle—especially in the social and emotional areas.

Not speaking the classroom language can be an added challenge…as can be keeping their home language. Research shows that there are many benefits to dual language learning, and that home language affects a child’s personal, social, linguistic and cognitive progression.

In childcare programs, it is important to recognize and plan for all these aspects of growth. 

Explore information, resources and program ideas to encourage the cognitive, social, emotional and language development of newcomer children.


Website: Link to CMAS Website

Newcomer Children with Special Needs Resources

Author(s): CMAS Canada

Date: February, 2014

Summary

Immigrant families who have children with special needs face unique challenges. These are made more difficult with the added pressure of moving to another country and adapting to a new way of life.

They also may be worrying if and how your program can best meet their child’s needs—and what other government and community-based programs may be available to provide additional help.

See what information, tools and resources are available for you to include and support children with special needs—and work with their families to make the transition as smooth as possible.


Website: Link to CMAS Website

Newcomer Children Health and Safety Resources

Author(s): CMAS Canada

Date: February, 2014

Summary

 In a child care program, the basic needs of the children—their health and safety—are often the most complicated, with strict rules and procedures to follow. They are also the most important, as you are responsible for their physical and emotional well-being.

That’s why it is critical to stay current on regulations surrounding health and safety issues.

Learn about health and safety related topics like nutrition, infection control, physical activity and child abuse identification, as well as link to important government sponsored product recall information.


Website: Link to CMAS Website

Community Resources Serving Immigrant and Refugee Families

Author(s): Caring for Kids New to Canada

Date: January, 2014

Summary

In many communities, local agencies help immigrant and refugee families adapt to life in Canada. This list will help health professionals become familiar with services in their province/territory or region.


Website: Link to KidsNewtoCanada.ca

ELSA Net Resources for Child Care Educators

Author(s): ELSA Net

Date: November, 2013

Summary

The ELSA Net Child Care site provides information and resources for service providers, early childhood educators, childminding educators, policy makers and the general public on newcomer children – kids aged 0-12 from immigrant, refugee, and/or temporary resident families.


Website: Link to ELSA Net

Early Childhood Development Kit - A Treasure Box of Activities

Author(s): UNICEF

Date: November, 2013

Summary

This ECDTreasure Box is filled with materials and ideas for learning and fun. Each item was carefully chosen to support the important work you do each day. Each one can be used in different ways depending on the age and interest of the child.


Website: Link to UNICEF ECD Treasurebox


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