Early Years & Primary Learning Resources
British Columbia’s graduation program is changing. Our education system has been recognized internationally for its excellence and we can make it even better. The Ministry of Education has worked with educators, post-secondary institutions and employers to update the B.C. Graduation Program.
The new program will help students develop their full potential and equip them with the skills they need to adapt and thrive well into the future.
Visit the Ministry of Education website for more information:
Healthy at Home
DASH – Dedicated Action for School Health is a not-for-profit society committed to promoting, supporting and facilitating the creation of healthy school communities in BC. DASH resources are found here.
BC Summer Reading Club - Kids ages 5-14 register for this free program with their local public library. They record their reading progress, building self-confidence and developing their reading skills, while participating in fun activities. Online registration begins June 15 at the BC Summer Reading Club website.
Mental Health Resources
General Mental Health
- Kelty Mental Health: Asky Kelty- Find some common questions that families ask about accessing mental health supports and services in BC for their child or youth.
- Sea to Sky Safety Net-A local resource for mental health and substance use support services.
- Family Smart PiR (Parent in Residence) Brochure-Parents in Residence are available to provide peer support to all families living in BC and to CASA families in Edmonton, Alberta. We work in community and on-site at BC Children’s Hospital’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, at Surrey Memorial’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU) and at CASA.
- ERASE-Mental Health & Well-Being
- TeenMentalHealth.org - A guide for parents and educators out of UBC
- Open School BC: Keeping Healthy
- COVID-19: Stay Well in Uncertain Times – resources from the Canadian Mental Health Association
- Mental health and coping with COVID-19
- Talking with children about COVID-19
- Foundry offers free, confidential virtual drop-in counselling sessions by voice, video and chat to BC’s young people ages 12-24 and their care-givers. No referral or assessment is required.
- Wellness Together Canada-Wellness Together Canada provides an online portal that allows Canadians to access self-assessment, self-directed e-mental health tools, peer support and live counselling by telephone, video and text.
- Parenting during COVID-19– A recorded parent meeting with Whistler local clinical counsellor Greg MacDonnell to provide education and discussion for parents during COVID-19
- Kelty Mental Health-offers resources for parents and caregivers.
- Kelty’s Key – offers online therapy and self-help resources
- Family Smart – Squamish’s Parent in Residence who can provide support can be reached at email@example.com (Phone # 604 878 3400)
- Mental Health Foundations – offers some good resources and videos for parents and caregivers
- WE Toolkit (of We Day fame) – offers a number of free resources to help parents and youth nurture their well-being and the well-being of others in difficult times
Mood & Anxiety
- HealthyMindsBC- To help support learning across environments, several fun and practical EASE lessons have been adapted for use by parents and caregivers to help children manage worries and anxiety at home.
- Bounce Back – a Canadian Mental Health on-line skill-building program for adults and youth (15+) to manage mood and anxiety.
- Anxiety Canada – offers information and self-help regarding anxiety
- Parent's Guide to Teen Depression - a guide on how you can recognize the signs and symptoms and best help your child.
ADHD & Parenting Resources
- Confident Parents Thriving Kids – offers telephone coaching to parents
- Rolling With ADHD – online strategies for parenting a child with ADHD
- ADHD Psycho-Ed Videos by Russell Barkley
After Hours Resources
Safety & Social Support for Youth
Youth can access support, resources and referrals to mental health and primary care services. Programs are based in Squamish and we welcome all youth. Our goal is for youth to thrive to their highest potential are healthy, happy and engaged community members.Website: http://www.sscs.ca/youth-services/
Squamish PEACE Program: 605-892-5748
Whistler and Pemberton Area PEACE Program: 604-962-8711
SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity)
Persons with Disabilities
Supporting Online Learning
In addition to the great resources found on the SD48 K-9 Online Learning Menu the Ministry of Education’s Keep Learning website, for those of you looking for more tips for supporting your kids at home with online learning, please see the following resources from Common Sense Media, a trusted nonprofit based in the US focused on supporting the responsible use of digital media and tech:
Upcoming Webinars & Programs
Family Smart 'intheknow'-In the know provides expert speakers on topics important to families. Connect and learn with other families for an online discussion. Join by computer or phone. List of webinars HERE.