News Topics: Early Childhood Development


Resource Guide on “Serve and Return”

“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


Skin-to-Skin Short Film Resource

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

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


BC Council for Families Workshops

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


Child Health BC Survey on Creating Value through Early Childhood Education Programs

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


Policy Researchers Find Investments in Children’s Health Pay for Themselves

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


Vancouver Early Years Partnership Develops New SEL Matters Website

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


Mary Thomas Memorial ECE Scholarship

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.


ECEBC Summer Bursary Programs

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