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An Activity-Based Guide for Supporting Families and Children

This guide recognizes the importance of the numerous parenting capacities called upon to nurture a child's development. It offers concrete strategies and activities that build on parental strengths and which encourage families to actively participate in creating a nurturing relationship and environment for their young children. A one day institute for trainers or supervisors focuses on maximizing the Guide's effectiveness as a planning and recording tool as well as a vehicle to support parenting capacities, knowledge and skills.

The Resource Guide for Home Visitors is intended to support paraprofessional and professional home visitors in their work with parents.

Resource Guide Features:
  • A comprehensive guide prepared by experienced Canadian experts in early childhood education, early intervention, child development, home visiting and family support.
  • A section on making an effective telephone contact and a framework for the initial home visit, which is different from all the rest
  • A section on sharing the planning process with families
  • 50 activities that strengthen such parenting capacities as confidence, self-esteem, resourcefulness, sensitivity, problem solving, communication, and motivation
  • A section of corresponding handouts that can be reproduced and shared with families
  • The Comfort, Play and Teach section that contains over 150 parent-child focused activities for the ages 0 - 5 years in the areas of cognitive, social-emotional and language development
  • A section of Frequently Asked Questions that relate to common parenting issues/concerns in the early years of development
Institute Goals:
  • To enhance the skills and knowledge of home visitors in planning effective visits with families
  • To increase the repertoire of strategies that support families to reach their goals
  • To strengthen a more inclusive approach toward working with families
  • To facilitate the application of theory and research into practice


  1. Protocol Section
    • Effective telephone contact
    • Framework for the first home visit
    • Preparation for successive visits
    • Planning process with families
    • Family planning sheet

  2. Strengthening parenting capacities
    • Self-esteem
    • Confidence
    • Coping
    • Knowledge of child development
    • Problem solving
    • Communication
    • Values and beliefs
    • Resourcefulness

  3. Activities to enhance early development
    • Framework of Comfort, Play and Teach
    • Areas of development – Language, Social- Emotional and Cognitive
    • Ages: 0-6m; 6-12m; 12-18m; 18-24m; 2-3 yrs; 3-4 yrs; 4-5 yrs.
    • Developmental milestones

  4. Frequently asked questions
    Topics Include:
    • Bringing home a new baby
    • Children's moods and worries
    • Personality, temperament and self-esteem
    • Discipline
    • Sleeping and eating
    • Toilet training
    • Brothers and sisters
    • Parent's temper, stress and guilt
    • School, child care and sports

An Activity Based Guide for Supporting Families
Oct 23, 2020
Toronto, ON - Invest In Kids
$125 per person
Please contact Claire Woolford at ([email protected]) for more information.

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