Workshops

Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 WAITLIST
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Building, 214 College Street, Room #313

A practical session to help you choose the child care option that will best meet the needs of your family. At this session you will:

  • Find out what are the childcare options available
  • Learn what factors to consider when looking at options, choices, and caregivers
  • Learn how to find a childcare centre and individual caregivers
  • Learn about the latest changes in the system
  • Find out about the financial assistance available and waiting lists

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Online Chat for Prospective and Current Student Families

Dates:

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2019, 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • Friday, October 25, 2019, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Online (link will be emailed)

Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on:

  • Child care & child care subsidies
  • Schools
  • Children’s programs
  • Balancing study and family (and work too, if that is your case)
  • How to get connected with a peer mentor
  • Other issues that student parents have to deal with

All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required.

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Orientation for Student with Family Responsibilities 2019

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Location: tbc (St. George Campus)

The Family Care Office invites incoming and current students with family responsibilities to Orientation 2019!

Start building your support networks and learn how to be proactive and prepared so you can successfully navigate your degree while caring for others:

  • Meet other students with family responsibilities and university staff
  • Learn about services and resources on campus
  • Discover strategies and insights from current student parents on how to adjust to university life

Vegetarian Lunch Available. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges or dietary restrictions so we can accommodate your needs.

Draft Schedule/Agenda
9:30 – 10:00 am Registration and Coffee; Childcare Drop-off if needed
10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome and Overview of FCO’s Services
10:15 – 11:15 am Themed Tables on topics relevant to Students with family responsibilities, including academic supports and life beyond the classroom
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Student Parents Panel Discussion: Hear from student parents about how they manage their family life, school and work at the U of T
12:15 – 1:30 pm Lunch & Networking

All prospective, new & current U of T students with family responsibilities are welcome. Registration required.*

Please note that partners of students with family responsibilities are welcome to join at 11:30 am – 12:15 pm for a separate Meet & Greet event.

Limited childcare available.

To register yourself and/or your child, please email family.care@utoronto.ca or call 416.978.0951.
*At the time of registration, please let us know if your partner will be attending the Meet & Greet. Children are welcome to come with student parents’ partners for the Meet & Greet event at 11:30 am and to stay afterwards for lunch.
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Preparing Healthy School Lunches and Snacks

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 WAITLIST
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Rm 313

Preparing healthy school lunches and snacks for your child can be easy if you have a few ideas up your sleeve. Join us to:

  • Find out how to maximize nutrients in your child’s lunches and snacks.
  • Discover ways to increase the chances of your child eating what you packed.
  • Learn how to become more efficient with your lunch/snack packing and spend less time in the kitchen!
  • Explore different lunch/snack container options and find out which will work best for your child.

Facilitator: Aviva Allen is a kids’ nutritionist and mother of two school aged boys, specializing in helping parents address picky eating and other feeding challenges. Aviva is also the founder of Healthy Moms Toronto, a network of over 19,000 moms across the GTA with an interest in living a healthy lifestyle.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so that we can accommodate your needs.

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Childcare Subsidy Information Session

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: TBA

Learn what child care subsidy is and the eligibility requirements by the City of Toronto, including information about:

  • How the City of Toronto Children’s Services manages its wait list
  • What if you don’t find a childcare space after the subsidy interview meeting?
  • Looking for a job, self-employment and childcare subsidies
  • Recent changes and updates

Facilitator: Maricar Polintan & Aileen Carreiro, City of Toronto Children’s Services staff

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Say Goodbye to Homework Hassles (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Online, link will be emailed

Is the nightly hour of homework a negative experience for both you and your child? Not all homework problems are the same and each requires a tailored solution. Learn how to help your child handle this important responsibility and establish good study habits – vital tools for their future academic success.

Facilitator: Karen Skinulis has worked as a parenting counselor and parenting workshop leader for more than 20 years. She became a registered psychotherapist in 2016. She is a sought-after speaker and the co-author of Parent Talk, Practical Parenting, and Classrooms That Work, all of which are national bestsellers. Karen has been a guest parenting expert for a variety of popular news media — the Globe and Mail, CBC, Global TV, and City Life magazine. She has helped thousands of parents to develop effective strategies for behavior, based on a respectful, democratic approach to parenting.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome.

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Talking with Parents and Caregivers about Sexual and Gender Diversity in Children, Youth and Families – An Introduction

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Room #313

This interactive workshop will describe what sexual and gender diversity means and the various ways these diversities may express themselves in children, youth and families. This session will also introduce a gender-affirmation model of care (gender expansive parenting and caring).

As an overview, the workshop will:

  • Deepen your understanding of what sexual and gender diversity is and the various ways it may express in children and youth, and specifically within 2SLGBTQIA families;
  • Deepen your understanding of affirmation as a framework to better support and celebrate children, youth and families with sexual and gender diversity;
  • Build confidence in how best to speak to other human beings (younger and older) about 2SLGBTQIA children, youth and families – especially if you are part of a cisnormative and heteronormative family; and
  • Explore gender expansive parenting as a way to promote engagement, productivity and health/well-being for everyone

Facilitator: Mx. Ashley McGhee, The 519

Please register early, space is limited. All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Date (2019)
Faculty Monday, October 7
Staff Wednesday, October 2
Monday, November 4

Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

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

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for pregnancy / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government maternity / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • 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!

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto staff and faculty are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Mindful Parenting

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: 33 St. George St., Cumberland House, Baldwin Room

In Mindful Parenting we apply mindfulness principles to the art of parenting as a way to build a strong child-parent relationship and increase the well-being of both parent and child. In this introductory workshop, parents will learn about the key elements of Mindful Parenting, including listening with full attention, becoming aware of emotions, developing a non-judgemental attitude, accepting difficulties and challenges, building compassion and acceptance, and embracing mistakes as opportunities. Parents will not only experience practical exercises in the workshop, but also bring home tools and techniques for increasing presence, patience, and compassion towards self and child.

Facilitator: Mari Rossi has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for parents and children since 2006. She also teaches an online Mindful Parenting course at Indiana University.  Mari has a degree in Psychology, with an specialization in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health, and is currently a doctoral student in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at U of T. Between her academic pursuits and mindfulness teaching, Mari finds time for her most important work: parenting her eight year-old son and ten year-old daughter.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Happy Parents, Happy Kids

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Organizational Development Learning Centre (ODLC), 215 Huron Street, 6th floor, Room 610 (Please note this session will be livestreamed to UTSC and UTM)

Ann Douglas, a Canadian best-selling parenting author, provides a guide to parenting without anxiety, guilt, or feeling overwhelmed in her latest book:Happy Parents, Happy Kids.  In this presentation she will discuss:

  • Does parenting have to be this hard?
  • How to boost your enjoyment of parenthood
  • How to feel less anxious, less guilty, and less overwhelmed; and tap into the support you need

Ann Douglas sparks conversations that matter about parenting. She is a U of T graduate, and received her degree in History in 1985.  She is the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio and the creator of Canada’s bestselling series of pregnancy and parenting books, The Mother of All book series. Her most recent books are Happy Parents, Happy Kids andParenting Through the Storm.  Please note her book Happy Parents, Happy Kids will be available for sale in the ODLC.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Making Your Own Babyfood

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

Cooking your own baby food is easy and affordable, and best of all you know exactly what’s in it! Learn to:

  • Use simple equipment to make baby food
  • Know how and when to introduce solid foods
  • Compare homemade and store-bought baby food
  • Adapt the food their family is eating to their baby’s needs
  • Handle and store food safely

Facilitator: Marcela Jaramillo, Food Share

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Elder Care: Dementia 101 (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Date: Monday, November 25, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: UTM, Davis Building, UTM Room (formerly the Faculty Club)

A dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming and often we don’t know where to start.

Come join us for this workshop as you begin this journey.  The topics covered include:

  • What is Dementia?
  • What changes can I expect?
  • What are some common symptoms?
  • How can I communicate effectively?
  • How can the Alzheimer Society Peel help me?

Facilitator:  Danielle Farrell, Public Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society Peel

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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