Here are a few of the many parenting/child supports available from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board:

OCDSB information on how parents can help their children succeed

OCDSB parent conference – resources from the conference are posted online

OCDSB homework help services for your child – this includes support in learning French

Please note: The articles/readings/videos below do not necessarily represent an endorsement of any kind by Churchill Alternative School, Churchill Alternative School Council, the OCDSB or any of its staff. They are provided merely for parents and families as information to do with as they see fit.

Some highlighted resources:

Parents Matter Canada Handouts: one page handouts jam packed with great parenting information on a wide range of topics.

Ottawa Public Library: The Ottawa Public Library is an incredible local resource.  You can look up favourite authors/topics and place holds (order!) – then they show right at your local Branch.  You can put holds on dozens at a time. And then there are other services too like downloadable audiobooks.

CHEO Mini Mindmasters and Mindmasters: Developed at CHEO, this resource supports children ages 6-12 in developing positive living skills through simple, age appropriate activities.

Big Life Journal: Big Life Journal provides engaging resources to help kids develop a growth and resilient mindset so that they can face life’s challenges with confident. Many (although not all) of the resources are free (check the blog), including a weekly e-blast with lots of tips and ideas.

Best Start (Ontario) Building Resiliency in Young Children: This provincial resource has many great ideas for building resiliency in children ages 0-6, although many of the ideas can be used for older children

Parents’ Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLEO): This provincial resource is designed to foster positive outcomes for families with children to age 25 facing mental health challenges by providing family peer support and by amplifying the family voice for system change. Community mental health support, services, and resources.

General parenting tips:

Parents who raise “good” kids do these 5 things

Harvard psychologists have been studying what it takes to raise ‘good’ kids. Here are 6 tips

What if everything you knew about disciplining kids was wrong?


Why kids shouldn’t sit still in class

How incorporating physical literacy is helping kids have academic success

People with ADHD have different brains

How to ruin children’s play: Supervise, praise, intervene

What happened when one school banned homework — and asked kids to read and play instead

Hattie effect size list: 195 influences and effect sizes related to student achievement

Homework in primary school has an effect size of zero

How to help girls with ADHD

Media use:

Why you need to talk to your kids about media right now

Children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens

Screens ‘not a toy’: Canadian pediatricians promote limits for children 5 and under

Toddler’s speech delays could be linked to screen time, study finds

Emotional literacy, regulation and resilience:

Brene Brown short video on empathy

To raise brave girls, encourage adventure (TedTalk)

Why rejection hurts so much – and what to do about it


Helping Your Child Cope with Back-to-School Anxiety

The things loving parents do that might unintentionally feed anxiety in children – and what to do about it

How anxiety leads to disruptive behavior


Your child’s social skills in kindergarten are more important than their academics


It’s not just hormones

Dr. Ross Greene's YouTube Channel

Dr. Ross Greene: Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS)

Grounded in Play: Churchill's Playground Rejuvenation Project

IXL login

Self-Reg with Stuart Shankar

Self-Regulation: Dr. Stuart Shankar's The MEHRIT Centre

Social Thinking

Zones of Regulation


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