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YMCA Calgary to operate new Quarry Park Child Development Centre

YMCA Calgary is excited to announce they will be the operators of the new Quarry Park Child Development Centre, a new Remington Development project.

This purpose-built childcare centre will have approximately 348 licensed spaces to serve families with children aged 12 months – 6 years in the surrounding communities in southeast Calgary. This approximate 36,000 sq ft facility is scheduled to open in 2016.

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View Calgary Herald Article: Remington project brings child care options to Quarry Park

 

Benefits to your Child at YMCA Childcare Facilities

Learning Benefits

  • Early years research has formed the basis of the YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum, now implemented in over 300 YMCA Childcare centres across Canada.
  • Children are given opportunities to participate in developmentally appropriate play-based activities that maximize children’s learning. and prepare them for kindergarten.
  • Early childhood educators are provided with the skills they need to prepare program and spaces that are conducive to learning.

Health Benefits
Children will enjoy:

  • Indoor group activity spaces including multi-purpose rooms for active play
    A large, dedicated outdoor environment featuring natural play and learning areas
  • A learning kitchen for early nutrition education
  • Recreation time in the Remington YMCA (opening 2016) pool and gym for older children
  • Nutritious snacks and mid-day meal
  • All children registered in YMCA Child Development Centres receive a free YMCA Child Membership.

Social Benefits

  • Positive, caring relationships form the foundation of YMCA childcare settings. Children learn about YMCA Calgary’s core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility and practice behaviours which support social skill development, emotional competence and community engagement.

 

Click here to Sign-Up for Email Updates about this Facility


Teaching Kids How to Give

Philanthropy is more than just giving. It is about being part of something bigger than yourself. It is about being a connected part of the community and truly caring about others.

Teaching kids how to give is vital to a well-functioning society. Check out this article by Paul Schmitz on the Huffington Post website entitled Teaching Children Philanthropy:

“To me, it is not about being charitable, but about recognizing injustices in our society and our responsibility to address them through giving, through volunteering, and through advocacy and activism. My children have been exposed to my work from a young age, and attend public schools in our city where they have been exposed to and learned about poverty and other social issues. I’ve tried to help them be aware of their relative privilege, and the responsibility we have to act on our beliefs and help others with what we have.”


Teaching Kids How to Give

Philanthropy is more than just giving. It is about being part of something bigger than yourself. It is about being a connected part of the community and truly caring about others.

Teaching kids how to give is vital to a well-functioning society. Check out this article by Paul Schmitz on the Huffington Post website entitled Teaching Children Philanthropy:

“To me, it is not about being charitable, but about recognizing injustices in our society and our responsibility to address them through giving, through volunteering, and through advocacy and activism. My children have been exposed to my work from a young age, and attend public schools in our city where they have been exposed to and learned about poverty and other social issues. I’ve tried to help them be aware of their relative privilege, and the responsibility we have to act on our beliefs and help others with what we have.”


Is it Wrong for Children to Fear Their Parents?

This one might stir up some controversy… Is it wrong for children to fear their parents? In an article on the Fisher-Price website, writer Kenneth N. Condrell (Ph.D Child Psychologist) explores the issue of disappointing parents & self–to the point that the idea of doing so becomes an actual fear.

“I used to think it was wrong for children to be afraid of their parents. But after giving talks to thousands of parents, I learned that most people grew up having some fear of their parents, and I began to re-think this issue. I do think it is wrong for children to grow up fearing that their parents will hit them or harm them or verbally abuse them if they do something wrong. But many of the parents I have talked to who grew up fearing their own parents didn’t fear being hurt or harmed or abused. They feared letting their parents down. They feared disappointing their parents.”

Read the full article on the Fisher-Price website and then post your comments here. It would be good to hear what you think of this article, topic and have some discussion.


Delving Into Your Kid’s DNA

A simple question with a deeply complicated anwer. Do you want to know more about your kid’s genetic code to hopefully prevent future diseases? Seems a simple YES – because we want to protect our children and keep them healthy – but you can find out a whole lot more than you bargained for:

“This week’s TIME cover story asks a simple question with a complicated answer. Sophisticated DNA testing is allowing parents to learn more about the health of their children than ever before, but how much do we really want to know? Doctors are starting to use genome sequencing, which scans a person’s entire genetic code, to map the DNA of children, with the hope of catching diseases early and offering targeted treatments. But the tests can also detect mutations for diseases that may not develop for decades, if at all. Think about it for a minute: would you want to know if your toddler has an increased risk of getting cancer?”

Read the full article by Bonnie Rochman on the Time Healthland website.


Exercise & Teens: Surprising Facts

By now, most of us have heard staggering facts about the levels of high weight and lack of exercise/movement in young people today. There are some facts out there though that still take us off guard.

Here’s an article on the Family Education website that reveals some new facts that still catch us off guard and provides suggestions for moving forward in a positive, healthy light:

“Every time our teens sprawl in front of the TV, their metabolism slows to a crawl. Researchers at Memphis State University and the University of Tennessee explored the link several years ago and were startled to find that kids’ metabolisms were lower while they were watching television than when they were resting and doing nothing at all! The typical teen now spends almost 30 hours a week in front of the tube, while eating high-fat snacks.”

Read the full article by on the Family Education website. Maybe you will have a chance to read thru other parts of the website – it’s a good one!


Exercise & Teens: Surprising Facts

By now, most of us have heard staggering facts about the levels of high weight and lack of exercise/movement in young people today. There are some facts out there though that still take us off guard.

Here’s an article on the Family Education website that reveals some new facts that still catch us off guard and provides suggestions for moving forward in a positive, healthy light:

“Every time our teens sprawl in front of the TV, their metabolism slows to a crawl. Researchers at Memphis State University and the University of Tennessee explored the link several years ago and were startled to find that kids’ metabolisms were lower while they were watching television than when they were resting and doing nothing at all! The typical teen now spends almost 30 hours a week in front of the tube, while eating high-fat snacks.”

Read the full article by on the Family Education website. Maybe you will have a chance to read thru other parts of the website – it’s a good one!


Homemade Playsets

Have you checked out the Homemade Rainbows website yet? This website contains loads of great playsets put together by a couple of stay-at-home mums who used to teach kindergarden together.

The website explains itself in one sentence:

“Providing imaginative play sets that inspire play and promote children’s natural sense of wonder…using mostly recycled, repurposed and homemade (by us!) materials…”

What fun! Check out Homemade Rainbows for some inspiration and fun with your kids!

 


Creating YMCA Strong Kids

We all wonder how our individual gift could ever have an impact?

YMCA Strong Kids Campaign raises much needed financial support for children, teens and families who are unable to afford the full cost of participation in a YMCA program or activity.

YMCA Strong Kids Campaign helps one person at a time, one family at a time and one program at a time. That might mean providing funds to:

  • Help a youth gain the confidence and skills to avoid isolation
  • Help a child attend day camp for the first time and meet new friends
  • Give a teen a safe place to go
  • Help a young immigrant learn English
  • Enable a struggling family to use a child care facility
  • Enable a child to make healthy choices by participating in a recreation or fitness activity

In 2012, our goal is to raise $1.4 million to help enrich the lives of more than 13,500 children and youth in Calgary. All money raised goes directly to children and youth so they can belong, grow, thrive, and lead.

Why is there a need for YMCA Strong Kids Campaign?

Research conducted by McMaster University has demonstrated that YMCA programs have a positive impact on low-income children, youth and families, dramatically enhancing their health and overall well-being, both today and well into the future. Calgary’s economically disadvantaged includes:

  • 1/5 of Calgary’s children
  • More than 50% of all single parent families
  • More than 50% of all recent immigrants
  • More than 50% of all Aboriginal people
  • Close to 1/3 of all visible minority persons

Examples of how your investment in YMCA Strong Kids is used:

  • $10/month ($120/year) enables a family peace of mind as their child attends Camp Riveredge in a fun, nurturing, and safe environment
  • $20/month ($240/year): supports a teen to participate in leaderhsip devleopment programs; building their skills, character, and self-esteem
  • $50/month ($600/year): can change a child’s life at our residential summer camp, Camp Chief Hector
  • $83/month ($1,000/year): ensures a whole family can enjoy the lasting benefits of regular physical activity at YMCA Calgary
  • $10,000 – this major gift ensures the support of much needed and fully funded programs such as Aboriginal Active Life, School Support, and the YMCA Achievement Program (YMAP)

Donate to YMCA Strong Kids Campaign

  • Give a gift online
  • Pick up a pledge card at any YMCA location
  • Mail a cheque payable to YMCA Strong Kids to 101 3 St SW Calgary, AB T2P4G6
  • Make a contribution by phone (403-781-1663)
  • Become a volunteer Strong Kids Campaign Chairperson (call 403-781-1663)

Winter Snowflake Craft for Kids (Recycling!)

Get your kids pumped for winter with this easy and fun snowflake craft you can easily do with items found around the house. Teaches recycling too!

“Winter crafts (for those of us in the Northern hemisphere) sounds good, which means snow, right? How about making some artful snowflakes from cereal boxes and yarn? I like the simplicity of these, but of course you can add a little glitter, some sequins, pipe cleaner details, or just about anything you have in your craft odds and ends box!”

Read the full details and view photos of this winter snowflake craft on the Creative Jewish Mom website.


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