Family Event: Summer Sky Adventure for Children of U of T Students

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: 2 Russell Street

Join us as we fly through the solar system in the planetarium show and visit the observation floor. Weather permitting, gaze through a telescope and view the city line or, if the night is clear, observe planets and stars. Open to U of T students with children starting Grade 4 in September up to Grade 8. Accompanied with one adult only please.

Register early, spaces limited! Email family.care@utoronto.ca and include your name, whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student and grades of your participating children.

Family Event: Summer Sky Adventure for Kids

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: 2 Russell Street

Join us as we fly through the solar system in the planetarium show and visit the observation floor. Weather permitting, gaze through a telescope and view the city line or, if the night is clear, observe planets and stars. Open to U of T students, staff, and faculty with children starting Grade 4 in September up to Grade 8. Accompanied with one adult only please.

Register early, spaces limited! Email family.care@utoronto.ca and include your name, U of T status and grades of your participating children.

Event co-sponsored by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Family Care Office.

October 2019

Staff Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Wednesday, October 2 • 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Mindful Parenting
Thursday, October 3 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Faculty Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Monday, October 7 • 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Expectant Parents Group: Feeding Your Baby & Caring for Yourself
Monday, October 7 • 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Happy Parents, Happy Kids
Thursday, October 24 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Online Chat for Current and Prospective Student Families
Friday, October 25 • 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Making Your Own Babyfood
Wednesday, October 30 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm

September 2019

Online Chat for Current and Prospective Student Families
Wednesday, September 12 • 10:00 – 11:00 am

Orientation for Student with Family Responsibilities 2019
Saturday, September 14 • 10:00 am -1:30 pm

Expectant Parents Group: Equipment & Gadgets You Will Really Use
Monday, September 16 • 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Preparing Healthy Lunches & Snacks WAITLIST
Thursday, September 19 • 12:00 pm -1:30 pm

Childcare Subsidy Information Session
Friday, September 20 • 3:00 pm -4:30 pm

Expectant Parents Group: Pregnancy Changes & Concerns
Monday, September 23 • 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Say Goodbye to Homework Hassles – Webinar 
Tuesday, September 24 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Talking with Parents and Caregivers About Sexual and Gender Diversity in Children, Youth and Families – An Introduction 
Thursday, September 26 • 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Expectant Parents Group: The Birthing Experience
Monday, September 30 • 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Family Event: U of T Student Family Potluck Picnic

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (rain or shine)
Location: Toronto Island

Want to enjoy a day out with your family? Join us, rain or shine, for a potluck picnic, connect with other student families, and take a First Story Toronto interactive tour, illustrating Toronto’s Indigenous presence and history of the Toronto Island from an Indigenous perspective. Along with your lunch, you may want to bring beach toys and your own bike, as bike rentals are expensive and take cash only.

We can meet at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (ferry schedule here) where the Jack Layton statue on a bike is, and travel to Toronto Island together. If you arrive later than 10 am, meet us at the Centre Island splash pad, which is nearby the playground, beach, and maze! Purchase your online ticket here, otherwise you will be standing in line for quite a while! If you may require financial assistance, please contact First Nations House or the Family Care Office.

To register, please email family.care@utoronto.ca or call 416-978-0951 and include your name, U of T status, names and ages of your children, dietary restrictions or mobility challenges.

Event co-sponsored by First Nations House and the Family Care Office.

How Might We Create a More Family-Friendly UofT?  Student Parent Feedback Session

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Robarts Library, Family Study Space, 9th Floor, Room 9-002.

The Innovation Hub​, in partnership with the Family Care Office, is looking to hear from student-parents on how U of T can be more family-friendly.  Join us to learn about the results of a research project the Innovation Hub conducted last year with student parents and then participate in interactive activities ​and dialogue that will generate practical ideas for how the university can better support student parents.  Your contributions will influence the future direction of student life programming and services.

As a thank you for participating, each participant will be provided with a $10 coffee gift card.

Facilitators: Innovation Hub staff members

University of Toronto current students are welcome.  You are also welcome to bring your child(ren) to this space, but please be advised you will be required to provide supervision.  We will have some toys and activities for the younger children under 5 years of age.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca or 416-978-0951, and please provide us with your child’s age if they will be attending.

Please note, if you cannot attend the event, but would like to provide feedback, please contact innovationhub@utoronto.ca.

Pregnancy and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)

Date: Monday, June 17, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person’s life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5, for pregnancy and parental leaves. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government pregnancy / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? – a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Facilitator: Kaye Francis, Manager, Family Care Office

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5 are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.