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.   

This Sleep and Routines parent learning session was facilitated by an MCMCT parent leader.

One of the most popular learning sessions for parents is the Importance of Sleep and Routines for Children 6 to 12 Years Old. This session was facilitated by MCMCT parent leader Tania Riverol Diaz on July 26, 2017 for newcomer parents at the Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF).

Gratitude to Ontario Trillium Foundation for funding Parents Matter project which empowers parent leaders and prepares them to transfer knowledge and skills they learn to other parents in their communities.

Parent leaders enjoyed learning how to facilitate a discussion, take leadership roles and speak in public.

The main objective of the Parents Matter Project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), is to empower parents with children 6 to 12 years old with the skills and knowledge to strengthen their children’s social and emotional strengths.

To achieve goal 5 of MCMCT, parent leaders attended the Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on June 7, 2017 at City Council.

Parent leaders Nancy (right) and Waala (left)

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

In January 2017, two parents, on behalf of MCMCT, wrote deputations in regards to the City of Toronto’s proposed 2017 Budget. You can read their deputations below:

On Thursday, February 26th, the Middle Childhood Matters Coalition of Toronto held an educational evening in the City Hall rotunda. Guests had the opportunity to learn about MCMCT members and partners, such as the City of Toronto, Social Planning Toronto, Children’s Aid Society, Sick Kids Hospital, as well as both licensed-based and community-based after-school programs in Toronto. Approximately 40 middle years children from after-school programs including Harbourfront Centre, Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, West Neighbourhood House, and Beyond 3:30 were also in attendance.

Today, the Healthy Kids Panel presented its recommendations to help improve the health of children in Ontario. The recommendations will inform the government’s next steps to reduce childhood obesity, as set out in the province’s Action Plan for Health Care.

To see the full strategy: Toronto Middle Childhood Strategy 2012

What’s inside:

  • Importance of out-of-school time programs and school aged children (6-12)
  • Guiding principals
  • Research study findings
  • Literature review
  • Moving Forward