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Children’s Services Updates

We have made an effort to keep only the latest documents on here to prevent any confusion in the event someone were to download an earlier version. We encourage you to view online, rather than print, as this is a fluid situation and there are ongoing updates and changes. 

August 24, 2021

Please see below for update from Alberta Children’s Services regarding the return to the 2021-2022 school year. 

Return to School Message for Caregivers – Aug 23, 2021

July 16, 2021

  • Child Intervention Staff Practice Guidance – Covid-19 – July 14, 2021

    All new updates are highlighted in the document and includes:

    Staff PG updates as of July 2, 2021:

    • As of July 1, 2021, Alberta is moving into Stage 3 of the Province’s plan to safely ease COVID-19 restrictions. The pandemic created an opportunity to test and measure new ways of being productive outside of the workplace. While restrictions have been generally lifted, CS continues to follow AHS guidelines and procedures.
    • While the number of cases has dropped significantly and spread is declining, the COVID-19 pandemic has not ended. It is a potentially serious illness, so continued diligence will be important. As Alberta enters into Stage 3, Alberta Health Services will continue to offer testing to everyone with symptoms as they monitor the impact of changes.
      • This is just a reminder that if you feel even a little bit unwell, it remains critical for you to stay home and arrange to be tested.


January 7, 2021

Request for One on One Support

Additional Covid Related Resources

ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES

You can keep up to date on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by accessing up to date information on the Alberta Health Services (AHS) website at: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

Return to School

“How to help your child cope with the transition back to school during COVID-19…

…While levels of anxiety and stress may be high, parents play an influential role in helping children cope, encouraging a positive back-to-school transition and helping to reduce children’s anxiety and worries.”

Read more of this article on “The Conversation” website at:
https://bit.ly/31bli4A

Authors of this article include:

  • Jessica Cooke, PhD Student, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary
  • Nicole Racine, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychology, University of Calgary
  • Sheri Madigan, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development, Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, University of Calgary

Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University

“The global response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed daily life in many ways for many people. Yet child development has not paused, and supporting children, families, and care providers of all kinds is as important as ever. In this guide, the Center on the Developing Child has gathered a number of resources and recommendations to help you through this challenging time. This guide pulls together information on COVID-19, what it means for child development, and easy-to-share resources that can help parents and caregivers, as well as child care providers, pediatricians, and others who work with families.”

https://developingchild.harvard.edu/guide/a-guide-to-covid-19-and-early-childhood-development/

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada

Grants available to former youth in care through the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada to help provide support in navigating the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit their site for eligibility and information.

http://ow.ly/VlMB50z2CEK

Neurosequential Network – COVID-19 Stress, Distress & Trauma Series 

Visit link for this series and more from trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry:

https://www.neurosequential.com/covid-19-resources

Safety First: Let’s protect our children from ingesting hand sanitizer


Sesame Street – Caring for Each Other

In response to recent events of Covid-19 and its impact on children and families, Sesame Street has started a “Caring for Each Other” initiative offering a number of free resources great for parents, caregivers, teachers, children and more.

“…Our resources aren’t prescriptions you have to follow—just ideas to help your family find ways to breathe, laugh, and play together….”

https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring

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