Talking to kids about racism

There has been a LOT happening in the world this week (including Toronto) and we thought it was important to pass along some resources. It’s so difficult to navigate these complicated discussions at home. Especially when the issues are challenging and complex, even for adults. We know this though, we can’t say nothing. Now is not the time for silence. Your kids are not too young to start having these discussions.

Books for Littles: Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race

Raising Race Conscious Children: 100 Race-Conscious things you can say to your child to advance racial justice

Here Wee Read: The Ultimate 2018 Diverse List of Children’s Books

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

Toys:

Crayola Colours of the World Crayon Pack.

Sugarfoots Rag Dolls

Friends and Neighbors: The Helping Game

More to follow in the coming days, including a list of the favourite books we read about diversity in our preschool classrooms.

Summer Camp?

We hope you are all well and keeping safe. We are sure many of you have heard the announcement from the Provincial Government yesterday that summer day camps may be allowed to operate this summer with strict safety protocols in place. We are sure there are many excited children (and likely parents too) in your home thinking about camp. When the government announces if summer day camps can open and determines the operating protocols to do so, we will be in a better spot to say when and if we can meet the expectations.

While we don’t yet know for sure if summer camp will run at Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club, we do know that if our programs are open, they will look a lot different than they have in the past. Lower participant numbers, fewer locations, fewer activities where groups interact, face masks for staff and children, screening welcome procedures, virtual programs, fewer weeks of camp, shorter camp days, increased cleaning and hygiene routines will all be realistic options when our programs run again.

We hope to have decisions made in the coming weeks. For now, stay safe and we hope to be together again for summer camp 2020! Stay tuned. We will be in touch.