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.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 27 from 9:30-12:00pm. Meeting agenda and meeting location information to be announced.


All meetings take place on Wednesdays from 9:30-12:00pm

September 23, 2020        BCGEU’s Burnaby office (4911 Canada Way) or via Zoom – to be announced

November 18, 2020         BCGEU’s Vancouver office (2920 Virtual Way) or via Zoom – to be announced

The meeting rooms are wheelchair accessible. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Call-in participation is also available for those outside of the Lower Mainland. Contact us the Monday before the meeting if you intend to call in to the meeting and we will send you the details and any materials the day before.

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First Call is grateful for the generous in-kind support of the United Way of the Lower Mainland and the BC Government & Service Employees’ Union in hosting our ECD Roundtable meetings.


ECD Roundtable Minutes

January 2020


Archived ECD Roundtable Minutes

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