ANCIE Resources


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Culture and Emotions in the First 5 to 6 Years of Life

Author(s): Amy G. Halberstadt, Fantasy T. Lozada; Child Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

Date: December, 2011


This research looks at the correlation between culture and emotions. 

What are the ways in which cultures differentially affect children’s experience, expression and interpretation of emotion?
What contexts associated with different cultural experiences impact children’s emotional development?
What are the cultural similarities and differences in how parents and caregivers teach children about emotion across cultures?

Website: Culture_and_emotion

Early Years Study 3 - Making Decisions Taking Action

Author(s): Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, J. Fraser Mustard, Kerry McCuaig - The Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation (MWMFF)

Date: November, 2011


The Early Years Study 3 documents the social, economic and scientific rationale for increased investments in early childhood education. It also introduces the Early Childhood Education Index to monitor the funding, policy, access and quality of early education programming. The report includes discussion on international immigration to Canada and the importance of the early years in immigrant families.

Website: Early Years Study 3 Website

Document: Early Years Study 3 Report

The Child Migration Research Network

Author(s): The Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty

Date: November, 2011


The Child Migration Research Network has grown out of work carried out by researchers at the Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty. The Migration DRC is devoted to promoting policies to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks of migration for poor people.  Its research on young people focused on the independent migration of children and youth and began to bring together researchers and practitioners working with children affected by migration.  

Although there is some research that looks at children in the developed world who are first, second or even third generation migrants and how migration affects their education, health, cultural life and myriad other aspects, the focus of the CMRN is mainly on children and young people in developing countries or those subject to the immigration policies of developed countries.

There are research and events from across Canada, including British Columbia.

Website: Child Migration Research Network

Attachment Across Cultures

Author(s): Multicultural Perinatal Network - Toronto Public Health

Date: November, 2011


This project developed out of a growing recognition of the need to inform and educate community-based agencies across Canada on the value of supporting and promoting cross-cultural attachment practices in their everyday programming and responsiveness to families with young children. It also acknowledges the fact that families and children (0-5) now living in Canada require additional support and understanding in preserving, adapting, and sharing their effective attachment practices.

This site contains information on cross-cultural attachment, beliefs, values, practices, impacts of migration, barriers and supports, and the report. It also contains resources for parents in multiple languages including attachment, breast feeding, birth, mother's health, baby's needs, the hospital and love.

Website: Attachment Across Cultures

Canadian Council on Learning - Literacy Maps

Author(s): Canadian Council on Learning

Date: November, 2011


The Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) provides Canadians with the most current information about effective approaches to learning for learners, educators, employers and policy-makers. Activities span the all stages of life: child, youth and adult, in the home, classroom, community and workplace, and ranges from structured learning to self-directed learning and learning by doing. They also recognize the diverse cultures and circumstances of Canada’s population, and the variety of learning settings and situations.

CCL has created a series of interactive maps that monitor literacy scores and levels for provinces, regions and more than 50,000 neighbourhoods across Canada.


Website: Canadian Council on Learning main site

BC Centre for Safe Schools & Communities (CSSC)

Author(s): University of the Fraser Valley

Date: October, 2011


BC Centre for Safe Schools and Communities (CSSC) promotes safe, nurturing, and inclusive schools and communities for children and youth. CSSC is committed to providing research, evidence-informed approaches, and resources that support safe, healthy, and socially responsible schools and communities. This site contains curriculum, fact sheets, reports, links, and resources on topics such as bullying, integration for immigrant youth, disabilities, homophobia, sexual abuse, gangs, substance abuse and more.

Website: BC Safe Schools

All the Dreamers (Stand up) - Sykologist feat. Ringo JR

Author(s): Boys and Girls Club of Calgary

Date: October, 2011


A song created by immigrant children and youth in Calgary on working hard to pursue a dream. The rappers and singers talk about their experiences, staying in school, and how to acheive real dreams.

Website: To All the Dreamers

Helping parents without immigration status get their children into school

Author(s): Community Legal Education Ontario

Date: October, 2011


This site talks ablut the legal rights of children to attend school even if their parents do not have immigration status in Canada. It discusses the laws and ways to help parents without status get their children registered at school.

Website: Community Legal Education

Enhancing Cultural Competence for Improved Access to Quality Care

Author(s): Karima Karmali, Linda Grobovsky, Jennifer Levy and Margaret Keatings, Healthcare Quarterly, 14 Special Issue(3) 2011: 52-57

Date: October, 2011


In 2009, the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) embarked on a quality improvement initiative to address the existing evidence base on health disparities and to enhance health equity through cultural competence programming. The goal was to achieve optimal health outcomes for all patients and families, with a particular focus on new immigrant and other vulnerable populations. Evaluation results indicate changes in clinical practice as a result of this initiative and increased patient satisfaction with regard to staff members' level of cultural sensitivity.

This article provides an overview of this hospital-wide initiative, as well as the evaluation methods and outcomes. Based on a needs assessment, they developed an institutionally meaningful curriculum with SickKids' values of family-centred care, patient safety and service excellence embedded in the program. Educational sessions were delivered to clinical and non-clinical hospital staff, focusing on health disparities, the case for culturally competent care and practical tools for healthcare practitioners. Organizational change strategies, including the use of champions as change agents and role models, were used to embed cultural competence as integral to family-centred care at SickKids.


Website: Enhancing Cultural Competence HQ 2011

BC Healthy Child Development Alliance

Author(s): Child Health BC

Date: October, 2011


BC Healthy Child Development Alliance is comprised of over 40 member organizations in BC which covering a cross sectoral coalition of health, social, education, research and community organizations who share a common interest in support of the social determinants of healthy early development of all children in British Columbia.

Their purpose is to provide leadership in, and be a resource to, the development and implementation of policies, strategies and preferred practices that are essential to ensuring the health early development of all children in BC. Meetings are bi-monthly from September to June.


Website: BC Healthy Child Development Alliance

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