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March 21, 2017


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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.

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Research & News

* New daycare spaces for Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge

"The new building, funded by Ministry of Children and Family Development, will house Katzie pre-school programs, plus a brand-new daycare that will have 92 spots open to both Katzie kids or anyone off the reserve."

* Cindy Blackstock eyes Federal Court to force Ottawa to treat First Nations children fairly

"Since its January 2016 ruling, where it determined Ottawa racially discriminates against First Nations children by underfunding programs compared to what non-Indigenous children receive under provincial programs, the tribunal has issued two non-compliance orders."

* Child care in Canada expected to get long-term funding in federal budget

"Child care advocates have been told to expect a long-term funding commitment in next week’s budget, sources say, but some are already wondering whether it’s wise of the

federal government to promise years of cash without first securing conditions from the


* Food insecurity in early childhood linked to young children's skills in kindergarten

"A new study has found that children who experience food insecurity in early childhood

are more likely to start kindergarten less ready to learn than their peers from homes that

are food secure."



* SmartMom

SmartMom is a free text messaging program that sends you information timed to your stage of pregnancy to help you achieve healthy pregnancy and birth. It was developed in response to a request from the Northern Health Authority to provide prenatal education to women who are not able to attend prenatal education classes.

* Augmented Reality App Tells Indigenous Stories in Canadian Cities

Adrian Duke, 30, is a member of the Muscowpetung Nation. He's developing a new augmented reality app, called Wikiupedia, to share Indigenous stories that are tied to physical places.


Events & Announcements

* An Indigenous Approach to Emotional Competency

March 24, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. At the Aboriginal Gathering Place, New West Campus. In this

workshop, Dr. Lee Brown will share a theory of holistic emotional education that he has

developed over decades of work in more than five hundred Indigenous communities. Dr.

Brown’s approach is oriented to the regaining of emotional competencies and skills necessary to become competent people in mature and peaceful relationships. The importance of  emotional competency in relation to personal, family and community health is discussed with an emphasis on recent scientific exploration of emotion, feeling and health.

Building Relationships and Parent Engagement

March 30, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. In this interactive workshop we will explore the benefits of building relationships with the families we work with. We will develop strategies on how to engage families to strengthen our dialogues and foster the relationships. A tip sheet will be provided with some ideas for supporting ongoing family involvement.

Autism Demystification Online Course

April 2, 2017. This Autism Demystification online course will provide you with the knowledge, tools and techniques to implement the Friend 2 Friend Autism Demystification Puppet Program curriculum with children aged 3 through 11.

* Child Development and the Reasons Why We May See Certain Behaviour

April 3, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. This workshop will explore where children are socially in their development and how to best meet their individual needs and the group as a whole. We will look at ways at bridging healthy attachments and exploring how the children will respond with resiliency and emotional intelligence.

Understanding ADHD/ADD & Embracing It!

April 8, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm. BNW (Burnaby). Suitable for child care providers of children 3 years of age and up. Tips on how to embrace the great advantages of having ADHD/ADD. Talk about how to support the child's needs, inclusive activities that strengthen the relationships of the child living with ADD/ADHD as well as strategies to assist the child with organizing thoughts, routines, circle time behaviour and transitions.  

Anger and Eruptions: A Caregiver’s Role in Understanding Anger and What to Do About it

April 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Anger in children can take a caregiver by surprise and provoke reactions. Explore the emotional pathways that lead to angry ecplosions and understand

how to respond in a calm way.

Professionalism and Partnering with Parents

April 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for family child care providers of children 0‐6 years of age. Family child care providers are often the parents’ first line of information about child development, behaviours, and community resources. As well, we are sometimes a sounding board for the stresses they feel in their lives. In this workshop participants look at
professionalism, developing partnerships with parents, how to develop relationships, and the power of good old fashioned conversation.

* 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.

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.

Got Dirt?

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.

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.

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

School Bus Driver

Vancouver, BC
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Consulting Opportunity - VAEY Networking & Community of Practice Coordination

West Vancouver, BC
Closing March 31, 2017

Library Assistant
Part-time (14 hours per week)

West Vancouver, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Check our jobs page for more postings



Child Care Major Capital Funding Program

Full details on the new process will be available online on March 15, 2017.

Funding approval will be based on funding requirements, selection criteria and availability of funds in the Child Care Major Capital Funding Program.

Stage one applications must be submitted to the ministry no later than 4:30 pm on May 15, 2017, under one of the following six funding streams:
1. On School Grounds - creating new spaces in child care settings located on school grounds;
2. Co-located or in a Hub - creating new spaces that will be co-located with other family support programs in community based settings;
3. Indigenous (new) - Creating new spaces in Indigenous communities or for Indigenous children;
4. Child Development Centre (new) - Creating new spaces in Child Development Centres that support children with special needs;
5. Employer-based (new) - Creating new spaces in the work place, where employers can support their employees by providing child-care on-site; and
6. Regular – creating new spaces in child care settings other than those listed above.

For more funding resources, see our website

Upcoming Conferences

HELP Wave 6 EDI Forum

March 30, 2017

SD36 Resource and Education Centre, Surrey/White Rock, BC

* Child & Nature Alliance Conference

April 20 – 21, 2017

The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

Child and Youth Care in Action Conference: Embracing Challenge

April 26 – 28, 2017

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

First UBC Biennial Early Childhood Graduate Student Conference

April 28 – 29, 2017

UBC, Vancouver, BC

East Kootenay Early Years Conference

April 28 – 29, 2017

St. Eugene’s, Cranbrook, BC

Pathways to Professionalism: Believe, Be Hopeful, Be Bold

May 4 – 6, 2017

Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport (8181 Cambie Road), Richmond, BC

World Forum on Early Care and Education

May 9 – 12, 2017

Auckland, New Zealand

World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE)

July 24 – 29, 2017

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON

Early Years Conference

January 26 – 27, 2018

Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

The BC Infant and Early Childhood Court Team (IECCT) Conference

TBA, 2018

Vancouver, BC


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