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For the past two years, Middle Childhood Matters Coalition Toronto has been working hard to support parents with the knowledge and resources to allow their children ages 6-12 to thrive. We’ve developed 13+ original learning sessions, 5 educational videos, and built a new website to help parents better support their child's social and emotional well-being.

We're celebrating by hosting a launch party on November 20th and we want you to be a part of it.

With the provincial election looming on June 7, 2018, Middle Childhood Matters Coalition Toronto has released an election sheet designed to put children ages 6-12 on the provincial agenda.

The sheet provides key facts and issues concerning children ages 6-12 in the province, and invites people to attend candidates' meetings, contact candidates and most importantly to vote on June 7.

MCMCT shared their concerns regarding the proposed City of Toronto budget in a letter sent to the Budget Committee.

MCMCT parent leader Julia Pan also wrote to City Council to City Council to share her concerns and insights about investing in programs and supports for children 6-12 and their families.

A Sleep and Routines parent learning session was facilitated by a parent leader on January 25, 2018.

This session was held at St Timothy Catholic School for a group of 14 parents with children 6 to 12 years old, on Thursday January 25, 2018, in collaboration with the Centre for Immigrants and Community Services. As usual, parents exchanged their experiences and learned new strategies for fostering healthy sleep routines. They also discussed ways to avoid unhealthy sleep habits for their children.

Middle Childhood Matters Coalition Toronto (MCMCT) partnered with the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) of the TDSB and mutually convened PIAC’s 11th Annual Conference on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Earl Haig Secondary School.

The conference was very well attended where 600 parents and more than 250 children were registered for the conference.

Lee Soda, Executive Director of Agincourt Community Services, spoke on behalf of MCMCT about the importance of middle childhood as a unique developmental stage in child’s life.

A Sleep and Routines parent learning session was facilitated by two MCMCT parent leaders on November 22, 2017.

This session was held at Forest Manor Public School in collaboration with the Centre for Immigrants and Community Services. It was delivered in Arabic for Syrian newcomer parents and in English for other parents by two parent leaders. As usual, parents exchanged experiences and learned new strategies for fostering healthy sleep routines. They also discussed ways to avoid unhealthy sleep habits for their children.

A Physical Activity for Children 6 to 12 Years Old parent learning session by pediatric residents from the Hospital for Sick Children was held on October 24, 2017.

Once again, pediatric doctors from the Hospital for Sick Children reached out to parents at the Firgrove Learning and Innovation Community Centre to discuss the importance of physical activities for children 6 to 12 years old. These discussions tackled children’s physical activity and eating habits.

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A Healthy Nutrition (children 6 to 12 years) parent learning session was held by pediatric residents from the Hospital for Sick Children on August , 2017.

A Healthy Nutrition for Children 6 to 12 years old parent learning session was facilitated by an MCMCT parent leader for Syrian newcomer parents and took place on August 22, 2017.

This session was one of the most well-attended parent sessions facilitated by a Syrian parent leader who along with other parent leaders had been trained by the Hospital for Sick Kids on content delivery.

The session was held at Dorset Park Community Hub in Scarborough. 66 Syrian newcomer parents with children 6 to 12 years old had the chance to learn about healthy eating for this age group.

A Behaviour and Positive Discipline parent learning session was facilitated by an MCMCT parent leader.

This session was delivered based on needs expressed by newcomer parents who have between ages 6 and 12. It took place at the Learning Enrichment Foundation on August 4, 2017. It signified a real opportunity to share tips and strategies regarding the concept of positive discipline to parents.

Parents were very open and shared stories of their lived experience on their children’s behaviour and strategies used to encourage positive behaviour.   

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