The Reading Room Program at SickKids
YPT works in partnership with the SickKids Family Programs team to facilitate The YPT Reading Room Residency, a series of weekly workshops focused on creative play for children from 0-6 years of age. This residency is based on another program run by YPT with Parent Resources, a family drop-in centre located in East Toronto. The residency consists of weekly hour-long sessions delivered over six to eight weeks. Led by an YPT Resident Artist Educator, each YPT Reading Room Residency session explores a particular theme through reading, dramatization, song and craft making. The premise of each session aligns with the hospital-wide themes set by the Family Programming staff. The YPT Reading Room Residency seeks to enhance and integrate learning and literacy among young children by using drama and play as a source for creativity, emotional expression and sensory stimulation.
The Reading Room program at SickKids is a daily drop-in program for children from 0-6 years of age in the Family Centre hosted by a resident therapeutic clown. The program is accessible to all children in the hospital, including siblings of patients receiving treatment. Every session of the Reading Room is broadcast live on the hospitals closed circuit system allowing any child to watch and participate wherever they are in the hospital and regardless of their physical health or ability.
Family Shelter Program
YPT’s Family Shelter Program is a weekly drama-based program for children (aged 6 to 11) living at a City of Toronto shelter with their mothers. Delivered by a YPT Resident Artist Educator, this program uses facilitated play and drama activities to explore the themes of self-esteem, confidence building and positive self-expression. The program runs from October to May.
Drama Time Programs
Each season, YPT provides the Drama Time program for children from 0-4 years of age, with an average of 15 infants and toddlers at each session, at two locations – Parent Resources and Syme Woolner Neighbourhood & Family Centre. The majority of the participants, both caregivers and children, are non-English speakers. For most programs we have a staff member assisting by translating our facilitation to the participants. These hour-long sessions explore a particular theme through reading, dramatization, song and craft-making. The program seeks to enhance and integrate learning and literacy among young children by enabling the use of creativity, emotional expression and sensory stimulation. The programs run from October to May.
Parent Resources Drop-in Centre is a family drop-in centre in the South Riverdale neighbourhood that exists to provide a supportive, tangible resource to all parents and children in East Toronto. Its objectives are to alleviate stresses on parents, caregivers and children, to reduce isolation, to improve the quality of parenting within the target population, to increase the coping abilities of parents and to enhance the quality of family life especially for high-risk parents, infants and children in the community. For more information about this organizations please visit: http://parentresourcesdropin.ca/#ourmission
The Syme Woolner Neighbourhood and Family Centre (SWNFC) is a not-for-profit charitable organization providing direct services and programs to the residents of the York/Weston area of Toronto. The Family Resource & Drop in Program provides parents and caregivers of young children (0-6 years old) with a dedicated drop-in area where they can interact with their children in a safe, caring and nurturing environment. For more information about this organization please visit: http://www.symewoolner.org/programs/dept-of-children-and-youth/
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