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July 26, 2016

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The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society is committed to nurturing excellence through community outreach, education, research, training and professional development, and advocacy to ensure every Aboriginal child in BC has access to spiritually enriching, culturally relevant, high quality early childhood development services. Because we value children, we work with all our partners to ensure that Aboriginal ECD services across the province are delivered with the highest quality of current and promising practice.

* Last chance to apply for the BCACCS Mary Thomas Memorial Scholarship?

Each year, BCACCS offers one $1000 scholarship for eligible Basic ECE students and one $1500 scholarship for eligible Post-Basic ECE students. Our goal is to recognize and reward two Aboriginal ECE students each year for the highest overall achievement including; academic standing (at an approved educational institution and ECE program within British Columbia), outstanding accomplishments, volunteer work, community involvement, references, history of the applicant, as well as their ongoing commitment to childcare. Applications are excepted from April 5 to July 31, 2016.

Research & News

* Beyond baby steps: Planning for a national child care system

While Canadian family policy is not very generous for most families, it is especially limited for Indigenous children. ECEC services for Indigenous children are chronically underdeveloped and underfunded. This lead the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for culturally appropriate Indigenous early childhood education as part of healing and reconciliation.

* Indigenous children on reserves miss out on child benefit

“Improving the quality of life for indigenous children and families is a priority of our government,” Bennett said in a statement. “It is important that indigenous families are aware of this benefit and we are committed to provide the support they need to help with tax filing.”

* Study calls for $10-per-day child care to end daycare 'crisis'

"The current state of child care is failing women and children," said West Coast LEAF Director of Law Reform Kendra Milne.

* Effects of the Minimum Wage on Infant Health

The minimum wage has increased in multiple states over the past three decades. Research has focused on effects on labor supply, but very little is known about how the minimum wage affects health, including children’s health. We address this knowledge gap and provide an investigation focused on examining the impact of the effective state minimum wage rate on infant health. Using data on the entire universe of births in the US over 25 years, we find that an increase in the minimum wage is associated with an increase in birth weight driven by increased gestational length and fetal growth rate. The effect size is meaningful and plausible. We also find evidence of an increase in prenatal care use and a decline in smoking during pregnancy, which are some channels through which minimum wage can affect infant health.

* Experts Unveil New Sleep and Activity Guidelines for Children

Kas Roussy of CBC News spoke with UBC sleep specialist and nursing professor Wendy Hall, the only Canadian on the 13-member American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s panel of experts, who says the recommendations on how much sleep children need on a daily basis are important because lack of sleep is a growing trend.

* 'Something wrong' with Alberta's child welfare system for Indigenous families: advocate

The watchdog for Alberta's most vulnerable children and families released a special report Tuesday outlining the systemic issues he says are failing Indigenous families.



* Natural Curiosity: A Resource for Teachers

Building Children’s Understanding of the World through Environmental Inquiry


Events & Announcements

* Strengthening Family Program

The Strengthening Family Program provides a healthy supportive environment for the whole family. Parents can come to feel safe and supported. Families learn new and exciting ideas of communication, group dynamics and what resources are available to them in the community. The Family Program partners with other VAFCS Programs such as the Elders and Recreation to utilize the vast knowledge of support that is available. It is important for the parents to have tools to help them with their lives, their children, and generations to come.

2016 Children & Family Directory Now Available

In partnership with the North Shore News, North Shore Community Resources Society produces the annual Children & Family Directory. The directory provides information about community services and programs to families with children 0 – 12 years of age.

Dr. Roger Hart Workshop Summary

Thank you to everyone who participated in SCY’s 1st Annual Val Fronczek Lecture & Workshop series with Dr. Roger Hart. The event was a great success and we look forward to providing more opportunities to reflect, discuss, and problem solve on how to make our communities more child and youth friendly. Long time friend of SCY, Bob Yates, has prepared a summary document for those interested in some of the key issues and themes that emerged from the workshop.

Poverty reduction strategies across Canada

The 2016 edition of the Canada Social Report’s Poverty Reduction Strategies is now available. Each report is sorted by province or territory and includes priority areas, metrics, outcomes and progress report details. Notably, BC is the only province/territory without a poverty reduction strategy.

Healthy Eating in the Childcare Setting - Division of Responsibility Model

This course has been designed by the Dietitians of Fraser Health to support childcare providers in feeding children using a best-practice approach. The course is targeted to childcare providers who provide care to children 0 - 6 years of age. Access to the course begins July 12 and ends September 9, 2016.

Cultural Safety and Humility!

July 16 marked the one-year anniversary since each Regional Health Authority and the Ministry of Health signed on to the Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility in Health Service Delivery for First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples in British Columbia.
The Declaration symbolizes a renewed partnership to address systemic racism in the health care system and advance culturally respectful relationships between health professionals and their Indigenous clients. Have you pledged your commitment or vision yet? Use the hashtag #itstartswithme or email your pledge over to to post it!

Understanding Children’s Fears

July 27, 7:009:00 pm in TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children 3 years of age and up. Learn to identify children’s fears and learn ways to respond to them with respect and curiosity. Explore your own fears and how these might affect the children in your care.  Learn new ways to address children’s fears using careful curriculum planning.

How Our Energy Affects Children

August 3, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Young children learn to regulate their stress through the adults in their lives. During this workshop, participants will explore how our energy affects children and learn techniques to become aware of it.

Teaching the Hurt Child

August 6, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. Participants will leave with a new understanding of the impact of trauma and attachment losses on the developing brain. The workshop will cover a wide range of topics including: the developing brain; how fear changes the way children think; the alarm state and hyper-arousal; new interpretations of attachment behaviours; helping children achieve self-regulation; how to build relationships with hurt children and how to set effective limits in a way that values connection.

* Child Growth & Development: Revisiting the Basics

August 17, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (2772 East Broadway). To work effectively with children it is necessary - not optional - to understand how a child develops from all perspectives: physical, cognitive, social and emotional. During this workshop we will explore the typical range of developmental behaviour, how development occurs within the context of family, community, culture and relationships and gain understanding of the complex interactions among developmental domains and the environment as children grow.

Bringing Natural Elements into Your Learning Space

August 18, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Changing our learning environments to provide children with wonderful, inspiring, natural learning spaces where we can foster connections to nature. In this workshop you will get to examine your current child care space and be encouraged to dream, plan and implement new ways of bringing beautiful things into your space. Come prepared with paper and pen. There will be a lot of hands-on learning examples and brainstorming together. You will walk away with new inspiration!

* Social Learning/Cognitive Theory - Its Role and Importance in ECE

September 14, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (2772 East Broadway). This workshop will highlight the key features and processes of Social Learning/Cognitive Theory, also known as model-observational learning. Discussion will focus on strategies for ECEs to consider as they incorporate this theory into their daily practice, fostering positive child development and parent partnerships, enhancing a supportive environment for all.

* Creating Deeper Connections: Weaving Métis Culture & History through the Sash Colours

September 24, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm at the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (2772 East Broadway). Come and explore the Métis culture through history, dance, language, stories and identity items that facilitate a deeper connection to this Nation. Participants will weave a five strand sash!

Create a Resource Binder for your Parent Library

September 28, 6:30 pm 8:30 pm. As a dedicated child care provider you work hard to provide the families in your program with current information on a variety of parenting topics, community resources, and programs. Do you ever wish you had this information available at your fingertips? Eexplore and discuss the YMCA CCRR Community Resource List as well the parenting resources recently compiled by the Tri-Cities Early Years Centre. Materials will be made available to create a resource binder for your parent library. To register contact Vicki Kyvrikosaios 604-937-1239.

Early Learning & Care – online Professional Development

These two courses are recognized by the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development. Individuals who would like to qualify for a license to practice as an Early Childhood Educator Assistant (ECEA) may select one of these courses.

  • ELC 150 – Health, Safety & Nutrition
    September - This course examines the health, safety and nutritional needs of children.
  • ELC 110 – Developmental Perspectives 1
    January - This course examines developmental theories that explain human growth from conception to early childhood.

Download an application form to apply by mail or in-person.
For more information call 250-370-3161 or email

Remembering to Play - Inspiring Joy, Freedom and Self-Care

October 1, 9:00 am4:30 pm at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort and Convention Centre, Cranbrook, BC. Play is the language of children, and it is the vehicle through which they learn and understand our world. To educate and support children, we must learn to speak their language by remembering to play ourselves. Remembering to Play is a fun and interactive playshop that supports you to remember the wisdom of a child's mindset and the importance of levity and joyful authentic expression as cornerstones for educating and healthy, productive living.

Early Childhood Education and the Autism Spectrum Workshops

This seminar series is designed for early childhood educator and parents. The session will focus on children ages 2 - 7 years with and without autism spectrum. Each session is designed to build core understanding of best practices in support the social inclusion of children with autism, how to enhance peer socialization and play. Sessions will be held October 5, 6:308:30 pm at the Friend 2 Friend Play Centre – New Westminster.

Outdoor Play Course

October to December 2016. Sign up to take part in a 12 module, 36 hour online training program that will provide participants the opportunity to explore how children’s outdoor play is influenced by the adults and peers, space, places and materials such as loose parts. Topics include the history and culture of outdoor play, why outdoor play matters, children’s life experiences and outdoor play, triggering children’s curiosity outdoors, role of practitioners in creating stimulating outdoor play environments, pedagogy of place and nature pedagogy. Don’t miss this opportunity to examine new curriculum perspectives and strategies for advancing children’s outdoor play experience and opportunities. Funding for this project has been made available through the Lawson Foundation. Project partners include: The Canadian Child Care Federation, The Justice Institute of British Columbia, Lethbridge College, Northern College, Oakanagan College.

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Understanding and Helping Behaviorly Challenging Kids

Join Dr. Ross Greene, author of "The Explosive Child" and "Lost at School" at the Coast Capri Hotel (1171 Harvey Avenue) in Kelowna from 9:30 am4:00 pm on June 2, 2017. Pre-registration is required and includes lunch and USB with handouts. Online registration/enquiries or

Job Postings

Hul’q’umi’num/Cultural Teaching Assistant

Duncan, BC
Closing 4:00 pm August 1, 2016

Early Years Vulnerability Project Coordinator

Part Time position - 14 hours per week – for two years

North Vancouver, BC
Closing 4:30 pm August 5, 2016

Support Worker

Part Time

Langley, BC
Closing noon August 12, 2016

Early Childhood Educator

Full Time Term (Aug. 2016 – July 2017)

Westbank, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Senior Early Childhood Educator

Vancouver, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Early Childhood Educator – Special Needs

Vancouver, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Early Childhood Educator

Nitinaht Lake, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Check our jobs page for more postings



BCACCS Mary Thomas Memorial Scholarship

Each year, BCACCS offers one $1000 scholarship for eligible Basic ECE students and one $1500 scholarship for eligible Post-Basic ECE students. Our goal is to recognize and reward two Aboriginal ECE students each year for the highest overall achievement including; academic standing (at an approved educational institution and ECE program within British Columbia), outstanding accomplishments, volunteer work, community involvement, references, history of the applicant, as well as their ongoing commitment to childcare. Applications are excepted from April 5 to July 31, 2016. This scholarship is awarded after you have completed your Basic or Post-Basic ECE certificate or diploma program.

For more funding resources, see our website

Upcoming Conferences

2nd International Indigenous Early Childhood Development Gathering

July 18 – 23, 2016

Songhees Wellness Centre, Victoria, BC

Shaping Our Future: Innovation, Leadership, and Advocacy in Early Learning and Child Care Conference

September 16 – 17, 2016

Ottawa Marriott Downtown, Ottawa, ON

North Shore Early Childhood Conference: To Learn, To Wonder!

September 24, 2016

Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC

Heart-Mind Conference

October 21 – 22, 2016

Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, BC

Nature of Play Conference

November 5, 2016

Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo, BC

BCACCS 19th Annual Provincial Training Conference: Gathering Strength and Nurturing Growth

November 10 – 12, 2016

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

The 5th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference

November 16 – 18, 2016

Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, BC

20th annual Children the Heart of the Matter conference

February 17 – 18, 2017

Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey, BC


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