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Officially launched in 2015, the Ottawa Collaborative for Parenting Support (OCPS), operates as a task group of the Ottawa Child & Youth Initiative. It is a community of partners working together to build resilient families that can support their children’s healthy development, feel empowered, and are able to cope with the ups and downs of everyday living.
The Ottawa Collaborative for Parenting Support hosts workshops to support organization staff in their work with parents.
Save the date for a two part workshop about play for non-parental caregivers on November 2 and December 7 at 7 pm on Zoom. Both workshops will be facilitated by Marnie Power, RSW, MEd of Playful Mindset. The workshops are designed for participants to attend both workshops, and participants are strongly encouraged to register for both sessions.
Note: These workshops are specifically for non-parental caregivers, such has home childcare providers (licensed or not), kin/extended family, or nannies. This is not for parents or providers at centre-based care or EarlyON/playgroups. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop One: Playing with Play: An Introduction to Outdoor Play-Based Learning for Children in the Early Years
Workshop Two: The Possibilities for Play & Wonder in Wintertime
In Ottawa, a collaborative approach has been selected to address the need for parenting support. A collaborative approach will potentially allow for improved access to services while maximizing resources in an attempt to better support families.
A positive approach to parent support, which encourages parents to take on responsibility, which is founded in family and community strength and support, and which encourages parent engagement and participation in their child's development.
A strategy which is based in research, experience and expertise, as well as data literacy and the ability to make effective use of community data resources. This strategy will aim to develop a common messaging around parenting in Ottawa, and a common evaluation for the institutions and services in our community which are designed to support parents to help their children to grow up great.
Transparent, accessible services adapted to the needs of the parents in the Ottawa community, as well as supporting resources which reflect the diversity of the parents and families in Ottawa.
A long term strategy to which many community organizations and services are committed and engaged, which is malleable and flexible - capable of adapting to new parenting needs in Ottawa as they arise.
Our Collaborative Parenting Support Strategy aims to: