“Serve and return” interactions shape brain architecture. When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words, or a hug, neural connections are built and strengthened in the child’s brain that support the development of communication and social skills. A recent MORE
In case you missed it, the Heart of Touch Community released a short film educating about the benefits of skin-to-skin. In the healthy newborn, skin-to-skin refers to holding the newborn immediately after birth, on the mother or caretaker’s bare chest in an upright position. The practice should be uninterrupted for several hours. For complicated MORE
The Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education honor outstanding and innovative Early Childhood Educators for their leadership, exemplary early childhood education practices, and their commitment to help build the foundation children need to make the best possible start in life. Parents, colleagues, or centre director/supervisor are welcome to nominate MORE
The BC Council for Families offers many family life education workshops and programs throughout the year. Some new offerings include the Decolonizing Early Childhood Education: Disrupting Assumptions in Pedagogy and Practice October 26th workshop at UBC which will explore how to develop a reflective pedagogy and practice in early childhood education that respectfully incorporates Indigenous MORE
Rhys Kesselman, Professor Emeritus with Simon Fraser University’s School of Public Policy, is one of three researchers appointed to lead a B.C.-focused exploration of basic income. His recent article, published in the Financial Post, argued that a cost-neutral re-targeting of the Canada Child Benefit would permit an increase of $2,000 to MORE
The BC Government recently revised their BC Early Learning Framework. The framework expands the focus on children from birth to five years in the original framework to children birth to eight years. This means the vision, principles, and context articulated here are relevant to working with children (and their families) from MORE
On October 29, 2019 from 9-4:30pm, join us for a full-day gathering of families, advocates, agencies, and organizations wanting to improve outcomes for children, youth and their families receiving early years supports and services in B.C. Bring your heart, your vision and your voice — and tell us what you MORE
Child Health BC recently launched a survey to explore how early childhood education programming can create value for individuals and organizations. Questions canvas program aspects such as healthy eating and physical activity for children, as well as professional development opportunities for staff. The survey is 7-10 minutes long and those that MORE
Nathaniel Hendren & Ben Sprung-Keyser released their research on historical policy changes in the US over the past half century, including social insurance, education and job training, taxes and cash transfers, and in-kind transfers. Not only did the research find that direct investments in the health and education of low-income children yield MORE
Registered Dietitians from the Fraser Health Population & Public Health Nutrition program recently released a catalogue of nutrition resources for prenatal, infant, toddler, preschool and school-aged populations. You can also access searchable resources here.
BC Aboriginal Child Care Society is looking for a consultant to research and write a general scan of Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (IELCC) training and professional learning opportunities in British Columbia. This will serve to support subsequent work in the IECE Entry to Practice Initiative. Contract Duration: September 1 MORE
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a critical component to the healthy development of young children – impacting how we process emotions, achieve goals, maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions in our lives. The Vancouver Early Years Partnership developed the new SEL Matters website to offer early years providers and parents/caregivers MORE
BC Aboriginal Child Care Society offers one $1000 scholarship for eligible Basic Early Childhood Education (ECE) students and one $1500 scholarship for eligible Post-Basic ECE students. The Mary Thomas Memorial ECE Scholarship is awarded after you have completed your Basic or Post-Basic ECE certificate or diploma program. Deadline is July 31, 2019.
The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society recognizes outstanding early childhood educator role models who support First Nations and/or Métis language, culture, and traditions with an annual Child Care Recognition Award. Do you know someone who you would like to nominate for this award? Nominations deadline is September 22, 2019.
Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC) is proud to offer two bursary programs for BC ECE (Early Childhood Educator) students and professionals. The ECE Student Bursary Program is open to all ECE students enrolled at an accredited ECE post-secondary institution. Students are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in funding per school MORE