ECD Roundtable

ECD Roundtable


First Call’s Early Childhood Development Roundtable brings together early childhood advocates to monitor how public policy and investments are serving our youngest children. Participants share information on the state of services and supports in their local communities and on new developments in their fields of work.

The roundtable has regular participation from officials from provincial, federal and some municipal governments. This facilitates dialogue and feedback to inform public policy development and to share government plans and intentions with members of the early childhood field.

Roundtable participants work together to bring attention to the need for a comprehensive framework for action for early childhood development in BC. This work has resulted in the publication of the Early Childhood Development in BC: First Call’s Framework for Action (2003) and Make BC’s Young Children and Families a Priority: A Call to Action (2015).

From its early days, the roundtable has formed a strong consensus around four primary goals:

  • To improve pregnancy outcomes
  • To support parents of young children
  • To build a system of high quality, affordable, accessible child care services
  • To develop and enhance a system of early identification, support and intervention for families with children at risk for developmental delay and children with disabilities

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Upcoming ECD Roundtable Meetings


Our regular in-person meetings at the Vancouver offices of the BC Government & Service Employees Union are suspended until further notice due to the danger of spreading COVID-19. We will be hosting virtual meetings using Zoom for the following dates until public health authorities change their guidance about public meetings and social distancing.

Next meeting:

  • Wednesday February 16, 2022 from 9:30-12:00pm
  • RSVP to for Zoom link

Next Roundtable Meetings 2022

April 27 | June 22 | September 21 | November 16

ECD Roundtable Minutes

February 2021 |  April 2021  | June 2021 | September 2021