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Opening Doors for Children & Families

National Child Day

National Child Day is coming up next week! It is held on Wednesday, November 20th and is a chance to honour our children and their rights as well as raise awareness of the marginalized children who live in our communities. National Child Day celebrates when Canada adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), spelling out the basic human rights for children and youth. If you would like to read the declaration click here.

How can you get involved? On November 20, you can wear a blue ribbon in support of the day and most of all tell your friends, family and coworkers about the day to raise awareness. Check out the different activities that may be going on in your community. In Edmonton, celebrate National Child Day by enjoying a FREE swim at any YMCA of Edmonton and select City of Edmonton facilities on Sunday, November 18, 2012.

As well, United Way is hosting a Poverty Simulation on November 20. This is an incredible opportunity. I have blogged about my experience during a poverty simulation, called If Only There Were 34 Hours in a Day, and if you haven't read about it you really should. It is an eye-opening way to feel what it is like to live in poverty and brings light to the challenges and struggles of getting out of poverty. I strongly encourage you to take a risk, step out of your comfort zone, and register for the poverty simulation.

Can't find anything happening in your community? Create it! It can be any activity that celebrates the rights of children and raises awareness. If you are planning an event, big or small, let Success By Six know via Twitter - @NatlChildDay #NCDAlberta2013.

On November 20 let's celebrate our children!

Every dollar matters. By supporting ABC Head Start you will give children the skills they need to be successful in their educational journey and support families to transition out of poverty, become healthy and self-reliant. Donate to ABC Head Start today and start making a difference in the lives of children, families and our communities.