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FRP Canada Policy Papers

  Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance, August 2014

Inviting the federal government to demonstrate valued leadership in the family policy domain, particularly around families living in conditions of risk, FRP Canada makes the following recommendations:
1. Appropriately resource a national family policy that is nested within a framework promoting social innovation and creative partnering.
1. Strengthen commitment and financial resources for federally-funded family support programs such as Community Action for Children (CAPC), Canada Pre-natal Nutrition Program (CPNP) and Aboriginal Head Start (urban and reserve).
2. Demonstrate national leadership by facilitating non-traditional, productive partnerships particularly among and between other levels of government, aboriginal organizations, not-for-profits and Corporate Canada.
3. Continue support for the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) data collection and analysis.
  Read the entire submission . .

 

Letter from FRP Canada to Paediatrics & Child Health, published March 2013

In December 2012, the Canadian Paediatric Society and the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry published a Commentary titled The promise of the early years: How long should children wait? (downloadable from the CPS website). FRP Canada’s letter encouraged the inclusion of family resource organizations within inter-disciplinary initiatives aimed at improving support for children and families. Dr. Robin Williams responded.

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How Canada’s family resource programs contribute to integrated early childhood and family support systems, February 2013

This paper is a response to the Early Years Study 3, authored by Margaret Norrie McCain, J. Fraser Mustard and Kerry McCuaig, that advocates for the creation of integrated systems of support for young children and their families across Canada. The proposed early child development and parenting centres would combine child care, pre-school and parenting supports “from pregnancy on” into “a single accessible early childhood program.”
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Family is the Foundation: Policy Paper

Family is the Foundation
Why Family Support and Early Childhood Education Must Be a Collaborative Effort
© Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP Canada), 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9784698-6-3

Cover Letter

Executive Summary

Appendix A - Family resource programs in Canada

Appendix B - Family-centred practice: How family resource programs work with families

Canadians are currently witnessing a significant change in the delivery of services for parents and their young children. In many jurisdictions, programs that relate to the care and well-being of young children are moving toward an educational model. Current policy has designated educational systems as the main producers of the skills required by the modern economy.

This paper summarizes FRP Canada’s response to the reorganization of early childhood services. It emphasizes the need to complement school-based programs with a broad spectrum of community-based supports for families and young children and makes recommendations for collaborative solutions to ensure that all children in Canada have a fair chance for health and happiness in a prosperous economy. . . . .   Read the whole document
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  Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance, August 2011

Inviting the federal government to take a long view in its upcoming budget, identifying priorities and strategies for solving long-term complex problems rather than focusing on short-term results, FRP Canada makes the following recommendations:
1. Maintain or, if possible, increase financial resources for federally-funded family support programs such as Community Action for Children (CAPC), Canada Pre-natal Nutrition Program (CPNP) and Aboriginal Head Start (urban and reserve).
2. Allocate resources to support the development of a comprehensive national family policy.
3. Continue support for the collection and analysis of NLSCY data.
  Read the entire submission . .
 
Previous policy papers from FRP Canada.
  Family Support: A National Priority   July 2000

  Parenting and Family Supports: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric Together July  2001
 
  Community Supports & the Early Childhood Development Initiative January 2002
 
 
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