Aboriginal Infant Development
Programs of B.C

ATTENTION:  AIDP/ASCD Provincial Office update for the next few weeks

Hello Everyone…

 This note is to update you on our AIDP/ASCD, BCAAFC Provincial Child Care Planner office activities for the next few weeks and possibly further.  As we all receive new or updated information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it may or may not have impacted you, and we hope it won’t.  We in the provincial office will very much take this issue seriously, for our own health, but also for the communities we visit and work in,  and especially for our Elders and Seniors and those with existing or compromised health issues.

 Many large gatherings have been cancelled or postponed this week and beyond and I know we have some very disappointed youth, basketball players and those with spring break travel plans, fun activities or visiting family and friends.

 While there is a great deal of uncertainty, we would like to join you all in minimizing the risk of COVID-19 from entering into our communities and putting each other at risk.  I for one have travelled for meetings and in-services in the past two weeks and have been wondering about and counting all the door knobs, railings, parkade meters, cabs, shuttles, airports and planes, ferries, hotel elevator buttons and visiting two training institutions in BC.  I have washed my hands frequently or used hand sanitizer regularly.

 BCAAFC, our host agency has allowed flexibility and we will all be working from home for the next couple of weeks, and we have suspended all future travel until further notice.  We are proactively taking the lead from our agency with the recommendations from our governments and health authorities.  

 We are cancelling our AIDP/ASCD provincial advisory meeting in Merritt in May, due to the fact that NVIT is cancelling all activities, including ours.  NVIT, the hotel and our travel agent are working with us to host this meeting later in the fall.  We are working on an online meeting, so please keep this meeting on your calendar.  More information will follow.

 Our hearts and thoughts are with anyone who has been affected by this COVID-19.  We appreciate all of you who are also being proactive in working with our children and families, those reaching out to our Elders to make sure they have what they need, the frontline healthcare workers, local communities, the B.C. and Canadian governments, our FNHA leadership who are working to contain this virus.  

 If we need to connect during this time of uncertainty, we are all available by phone, e-mail or conference call.  We have a number of activities that we can work on in the meantime.

 Below are connections for current information regarding the coronavirus…

Websites/documents for current information:

Read the latest COVID-19 update for Child Care Operators, Providers, and Partners

 News Release from Provincial Government - Pandemic supports to continue through the summer | BC Gov News

 CBC radio interview this morning with Minister Katrine Conroy - https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-91-the-early-edition/clip/15783729-ministry-of-children-and-family-development-says-pandemic-is-revealing-the-lack-of-support-for-families-with-special-needs

 First Nations Health Authority:  https://www.fnha.ca/

 Ministry of Health Covid-19 Information: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus-covid-19

 Ministry of Children and Family Development: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/covid-19-information

 B.C. Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/

 Health Link B.C.: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/

Province provides emergency fund for children with special needs: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020CFD0043-000650 

 Managing Anxiety & Stress in Families with Children and Youth During the COVID-19 Outbreak

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/

The Brain Architects Podcast: COVID 19 - pediatricians 

 Canadian Mental Health Association

 Child and Youth Mental Health during a Pandemic https://myheartsmap-pandemic.bcchr.ca/ords/f?p=234:1::::::

GOV BC Covid Newsletter https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/caring-for-young-children/child-care-response-covid-19/child-care-response-covid-19-provider/child-care-response-covid-19-newsletter 

 Indigenous Community Health or Research Needs Assessment Funds

Thank you all…


AIDP/ASCD Provincial Office


The Office of the Provincial Advisor for Aboriginal Infant Development Programs gives support and educational information to AIDP workers throughout the province in regards to Aboriginal Infant Development Programs.

By supporting early identification of needs and early intervention for children and families at risk, Aboriginal Infant Development Programs are an integral piece of the early childhood development puzzle.