Cancer is not always over when the treatments stop. Survivors of childhood cancer often face complex, long-term side-effects, which can impact their ability to learn and perform academically. Kids Cancer Care is striving to change this by actively supporting children, disadvantaged by cancer, throughout their primary and secondary school years.
To learn more about our Education Support Programs or to register your child for tutoring, please email Karin Schlegel, Education Support Specialist, or call 403 984 6211.
Cancer in the Classroom
What do you say to a child who says, “Is cancer contagious?”
Cancer in the Classroom is a program designed to help kids with cancer talk to their classmates about their diagnosis and treatment. The goal is to build awareness, understanding and empathy in the child’s school community to mitigate potential social, academic and adjustment difficulties. All this is done through an interactive presentation designed specifically for the level of understanding of the students.
Whether newly diagnosed or re-integrating back into class during/after treatment, this presentation is an effective way to answer questions, clarify misunderstandings, share the facts, provide resources and ease concerns about cancer.
This program is set to tour Calgary schools in the Fall of 2018. Contact Jenna to find out more.
Kids Cancer Care matches patients and survivors in Kindergarten to grade 12 with volunteer tutors, who provide home-based one-to-one tutoring. These tutoring sessions help learners work towards specific academic goals, while boosting their confidence and helping them develop general learning skills.
Please note, the tutoring program is currently at its capacity. Interested families are encouraged to still contact us to be added to the waitlist.
Please download the program description and tutoring intake form.
Contact Karin for inquiries or to submit your intake form.
Interested Tutors – Find out more on our volunteer page.
Parent Education and Support
This program strives to help parents navigate the pathways of their children’s learning and education, and more generally , to support parents in their parenting roles.
Parent Workshops – These will be offered or recommended throughout the year on topics related to education, learning, parenting, and family well-being. Return here for upcoming workshops!
Parent Resources – Kids Cancer Care is actively compiling parent resources. Please contact Karin if you are in need of specific resources or if you have resources to share with the Kids Cancer Care parent community.
Parent Committee – Kids Cancer Care is currently seeking parents to join the new Education Support Parent Committee. Committee members will help inform and support the Parent Education and Support program, by helping generate workshops and resources for other parents. We are looking for parents who have experience navigating their child’s learning during and after illness, and who are interested in giving back to support other families.
Committee members must fall under one of the following:
Oncology parents – at least two years off treatment.
Hematology/Immunology parents – at least three years since diagnosis.
Bereaved parents – at least two years bereaved.
Please contact Karin for more information or to get involved!