Events & Announcements
* NEW Indigenous Early Years Early Years Scholarship and Bursary Announced!
The Indigenous Early Years (IEY) Scholarship and Bursary Program will ensure that more than 200 additional Indigenous students living in BC will be able to access post-secondary funding. IEY Scholarship Application (Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctorate) applications and guidelines available now! Deadline is noon, June 8, 2017! The IEY Bursary Application (Certificate, Diploma, and Associate's Degree) will be available on May 16, 2017.
Reminder: Child Care Major Capital Funding is Now Open
Funding is available to help offset the costs associated with the creation of new licensed child care spaces. The fourth intake has six funding streams: on school grounds, co-located or in a hub, child development centre (NEW), Indigenous (NEW), employer-based (NEW), and Regular. Stage one applications must be received by 4:30 pm PST on Monday May 15, 2017.
Call for Abstracts for Early Years 2018 Conference!
The Early Years Conference 2018 reflects powerful partnerships that have formed across many communities: University of British Columbia, Infant Development Program, Aboriginal Infant Development Program, Sunny Hill Health Centre, BC Children’s Hospital, Family Support Institute and many more. These partnerships allow us to address diverse topics of evidence based practice and research.
Singing English Level 1: Song Games for Reading & Writing Success
April 29, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Singing English is a research based oral literacy program for children of all abilities ages 2-8. Singing English supports recent research emphasizing the importance of orality as a prerequisite to literacy success.
May is Child Care Appreciation Month
Every year the CCRR in partnership with various community service providers celebrates
the important work of child care providers with Child Care Appreciation events. Find out
what’s happening in your community.
Let’s Talk—Teacher Training for Fully Certified ECEs
May 3 - 4, 2017. Early Childhood Educator training for implementing “Let's Talk”, a sexual abuse prevention program for young children is being offered May 3-4, 2017. Please note that participants must register for and attend the full two days of training. If you are a currently certified Early Childhood Educator, or kindergarten teacher, and work with children ages four to six, please join us for this informative and important training.
May 4, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Explore the science behind why kids and dirt go so well together. Leave with a clear understanding of why gardening with kids is critical to nurturing healthy bodies and minds and some ideas to help you get started.
* Open Now - BCCF Distinguished Service to Families Award
The collaborative initiative, organization, program or individual professional(s) must have made a demonstrable, measurable impact on the well being of families and/or the feld of human services. Examples of this include, but are not limited to:
• A signifcant increase in prevention and support services;
• Development of an innovative program or service approach;
• Successfully advocating for a change in policy;
• Creation of a new and helpful network;
• Any tangible initiative that significantly improves the well-being of British Columbia's families.
Nominations are due by 4:00 pm, Friday, May 5, 2017.
Please send your nomination packet to: CMDSFaward@bccf.ca.
Free Parenting Training Evening
May 10, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Friend 2 Friend Play Centre (New Westminster). Free Parent
Training sessions are offered to families (parents, grandparents, primary caregivers) of
children with autism and related needs ages 3 through 18 in September and May yearly.
Heather McCracken, the program creator and Executive Director of Friend 2 Friend Social
Learning Society, will speak on raising three children (one with autism) and share information on the principles and practices of the Friend 2 Friend – Integrated Play Groups® program offered at the Friend 2 Friend Play Centres in East Vancouver and New Westminster. This session will also provide parents with helpful tips and tools for supporting their children in peer social play.
* North Shore “Ages and Stages”Initiative
May 17, 6 – 9 pm at Capilano Mall (935 Marine Drive - Community Room #203) in North Vancouver. This is a three hour introduction to the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3). ASQ-3 is a developmental assessment and screening tool that pinpoints developmental progress in children between the ages of one month to 5 ½ years. Age specific questionnaires are completed by parents, either on their own or with a trained early childhood or health care professional.
Physical Literacy for Young Canadians
May 17, 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Learn about why physical literacy is being added to preschools, schools, sport organizations and health care organizations across Canada. This workshop will explore the goal of physical literacy for young Canadians and give educators practical tools to bring this goal into their programs.
Coyote Mentoring & Forest Fun
May 19, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Jay Roberts, founder of Tofino Nature Kids and Bonnie Davison, founder of the Victoria Nature School team up to offer a day of inspiring sessions.
2017 Early Childhood Education Summer Institute
Register by May 26, 2017. Supporting Aboriginal Families of Young Children with Disabilities. The 2017 IECER Summer Institute will bring together ECED students, ECE and IDSC professionals, and others interested in early childhood and infant development, to explore the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Recommendations as Canada begins to celebrate 150 Years. Takes place July 8 - 15, 2017.
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 am – 4:00 pm on June 2, 2017. Pre-registration is required and includes lunch and USB with handouts. Online registration/enquiries www.4children.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org.