News Topics: Early Childhood Development


What young kids wished you knew about them

In this article, clinical counsellor Deborah MacNamara explains the developmental stage of the preschooler and gives five strategies for discipline that are attachment safe and developmentally friendly. Excerpt: The parts of the brain responsible for self-control are still under development in young children. The brain is only 20% developed at MORE


New Indigenous early years scholarship and bursary – June application deadlines

The Indigenous Early Years (IEY) Scholarship and Bursary Program helps more than 200 additional Indigenous students living in BC to access post-secondary funding. IEY Scholarship Application (Undergraduate, Masters and Doctorate) – Deadline is noon, Thursday, June 8, 2017. Download application and guidelines IEY Bursary Application (Certificate, Diploma and Associate’s Degree) MORE


Call for presentations: BCACCS 20th Annual Provincial Conference – Richmond, Oct. 27-29

It Takes a Village: Coming together for children and families Proposal deadline: Friday, Jun. 9, 2017, 4 pm Find more info Download the application form Workshops will encourage participants to create environments and curricula in their early childhood development programs to inspire learning opportunities for young children, promote strategies for MORE


Call for proposals: CCRR Exploration and Discovery conference – Sechelt, Oct. 21

Proposal deadline: Friday, Jun. 16, 2017 Find more info and download the application Sunshine Coast Child Care Resource and Referral is inviting workshop proposals for their annual fall conference, Exploration and Discovery, to be held Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at Chatelech Secondary School in Sechelt. Participants include child care providers, MORE


Election 2017 party responses to First Call coalition questions

On behalf of our 101 member organizations, First Call sent questions from our 2017 Provincial Election Toolkit to each of the three main parties in this election. All three parties have responded, and we encourage everyone to read their answers to our questions about putting the interests of children, youth MORE

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Despite growing child care crisis, BC Liberal government underspends child care budget by $100 million

The BC government’s own public reports show that they haven’t spent the minimal funds they committed to child care over the last four years. Child care underspending totals almost $100 million, with $48 million underspent last year alone. Sharon Gregson, spokesperson for the $10aDay Child Care Plan, calls the underspending MORE