Be part of the impact:

Kids Can Fly Brantford

Kids Can Fly promotes early childhood development in Brantford/Brant

Launch from Home registration for Nov-Dec is now open!

The next session of Launch from Home is starting next week!

Sign up today to receive a bag full of all the goodies you will need to participate by following THIS LINK

Goodie bags are limited, but if you don’t receive one, you can still join in on the fun!  All of the information you need is in our newest newsletter, and don’t forget that you can join Jane and Lucy via zoom every week as well!

Click on the image below to view the full newsletter…

For any questions or more information, email Jane at

Raising Children while co-parenting workshop

co-parenting workshopThe YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford has set up a Co-Parenting workshop with Gary Direnfeld, a reputable social worker and host of the TV show Newly Wed, Nearly Dead.  The workshop will focus on the challenges of raising a child between more than one household.  It is being held on Tuesday April 9, 2013 from 7-8:30pm at the YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services office located at 38 Darling Street – Suite 201.  This workshop is open to all members of the community, free of charge.  Families register with Christina Wood 905-317-4907 or and let her know how many people will be attending including any children as we will offer free child care services to those families for the duration of the workshop.  Spaces are limited. 

Who’s Watching the Kids?

Hailey Schellenberger
ECE Student, Intensive Program, Mohawk College

Finding quality childcare is one of the greatest concerns families have in today’s society. CBC’s Marketplace aired an investigative TV show called “Who’s Watching the Kids?” on February 22, 2013 that explored the issue of childcare in Canada. As a current student studying early childhood education (ECE), I was shocked at some of the findings in this report and the need in Canada for more licensed day care spaces.  This investigation can also help to make parents more aware of questions to ask their child-care centre or providers.   Follow the link below for  the full report.

li-daycareMarketplace, (February 22, 2013). Who’s Watching the Kids. Retrieved: March 19, 2013.

Tip Sheet

(from )

  • Are you licensed?  If yes, make sure to see the license, and that it is up-to-date.
  • Do you have CPR/ First Aid Training? Ask to see the certificates, and make sure that they are up-to-date.
  • Can I have references from both current and past parents?  Make sure to check them.
  • Are you insured? Accidents do happen; be sure that the provider has liability coverage in case of accidents.
  • Can you provide criminal background checks for yourself and anyone else who will be in contact with the children? Make sure you see the records for yourself.
  • Who else lives in the home and may have access to the child(ren)? Ask for criminal background checks for all people over 18 who live in the home.
  • How many children are cared for at the location, at any time? Each province has different laws regarding the number of children allowed; check your province’s legislation
  • What is your educational training and experience with children? 
  • What are the ages of the children being cared for? Younger children and infants require more supervision.
  • Make sure the sleeping arrangements are safe, clean, and well-maintained, with ready exits in case of fire.
  • Make sure that children are transported in appropriate car seats or booster seats at all times.
  • Ask to see the play areas, and make sure areas and toys are safe, clean, and well-maintained.
  • Make sure the daycare has procedures in case of illness, fire and accidents.
  • Make sure the daycare has and follows a strict protocol of distributing medication.
  • Make sure there are policies to manage food allergies.
  • Make sure that cleaning materials, household chemicals, and plastic bags are stored out-of-reach of the children.
  • Is there a safe, fenced-in yard? Are there baby gates on the stairs, and covers on the electrical outlets? 
  • Do you have a swimming pool? If yes, what precautions do you take to ensure the safety of children in care?
  • Can you tell me how playdates are managed and organized, and how you inform parents and get their permission? Make sure the playdates are legal and safe – combining children from different unlicensed daycares into one private location exceeding the allowable limit is illegal in some provinces, including Ontario. 
  • Is there evidence of cigarette smoke in the home?
  • If you are unavailable, will you tell me in advance when my child is being cared for by another person? Make sure that person also provides you with a police record check and references.


Expositor Front Page Features Kids Can Fly Board Member

The Brantford Expositor featured a story about Joe Persia on Saturday, September 22, 2012.  Joe has been a volunteer board member for Kids Can Fly for the past three years and his focus has been on early learning, particularly early literacy.  Joe brought the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program to Kids Can Fly through the Rotary Club of Brantford-Sunrise.

Kindergarten teacher Joe Persia gives helps Maya Jurowski-Cubitt with some work at Notre-Dame school on Thursday. – CHRISTOPHER SMITH, The Expositor

Just as Joe is breaking tradition in his work life by being a kindergarten teacher, Joe is the only male on the Kids Can Fly board.  “It has added insight and perspective to have a male kindergarten teacher on the board”, says Sharon Brooks, Executive Director of Kids Can Fly.   “By bringing the Imagination Library to the Brantford and Brant County community, it has changed the  Kids Can Fly focus.  We use the Imagination Library as foundation program to reach parents of children aged 0-5 years old.”

“It’s incredibly important for children to have good male role models in their lives. Joe has made a life commitment in studying early learning and development. He not only has the education to be able to bring to the kindergarten classroom, but he also has the kindness and empathy a teacher needs to work with children at that age.” said Patti Berardi, chair of Kids Can Fly who has worked with Joe on a various projects over the years.

Currently, there are 588 children receiving books every month in Brantford and Brant County through the Imagination Library.  Unfortunately, we have had to stop taking registrations until more funding is available and are taking names for a waiting list.  To add your child to the waiting list, click here.

Kids Can Fly is proud of Joe and his ground breaking work both in his teaching career and volunteer career.

For Full Expositor story, go to

Infant Mental Health Promotion is pleased to announce a partnership with beginning in September 2012.

Helping parents help their kids succeed in school and lifeThis initiative is intended to educate Ontario parents on the importance of healthy brain development in the early years of a child’s life, from 0 to 4 and to share information on a range of infant mental health and parenting topics. 

Goals are to:

  • raise awareness through information and outreach to parents
  • share knowledge and resources between and Infant Mental Health Promotion
  • increase parent engagement on both sites

The website hosts a wide range of resources for parents including:

    • Videos – interviews and lectures with top experts in the fields of child development, brain development and mental health.
    • Articles and blogs – on a range of topics and parenting concerns about a child’s physical and mental health: special needs, child development, brain development, social skills and issues, learning and parent involvement.

Media outreach on as well as through social media, Facebook and Twitter, to engage parents including distribution of IMHP’s weekly tips for parents

Each week will share tips for parents authored by IMHP on a range of topics to promote positive mental health.

 Infant Mental Health Promotion will be providing:

  • Content for parents on infant mental health topics, such as: transitions to childcare, brain development research, the impact of the environment and relationships on a young child’s mental health, and more…
  • Guest blogs by IMHP’s director, Chaya Kulkarni, as well as periodic interviews with Cheryl Jackson
  • Weekly brain tips for parents which will be posted on TVOParents’ social media channels.
  • In-depth milestones, the healthy social and emotional development of your child from 0 to 4, created by the Hospital for Sick Children
  • Media access to Infant Mental Health Rounds lecture series and IMHP events.

IMHP is looking forward to this unique opportunity to share knowledge with a wider community and parents through .  For more information and some highlighted TVO Parents resources visit the IMHP “Special Projects” page on this partnership.


Preventing Summer Learning Loss

Summer is a time to relax and have fun, but it’s also a time when children can experience learning loss.  There are simple and free ways to help keep our children learning over the summer.  Regular day to day activities are great for literacy and numeracy.  Writing a grocery list or having your child read your grocery list when shopping helps with literacy.  Baking and using fractions helps with math. 

Here is a link to an article for more ideas on preventing summer learning loss