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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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We are celebrating a milestone year! Rejoice with us. Share the link to our communication share kit and postcards. The kit will be added to over our celebration year. Feel free to use the ready-made Facebook and Twitter messages or share the postcards.

Research & News

* West Coast LEAF report: High Stakes: The impacts of child care on the human rights of women and children

The current state of child care services in BC is failing women and children, with serious repercussions for their human rights and for women's equality more broadly. The report calls on BC to take immediate steps to adopt and implement the $10aDay Plan to make child care significantly more affordable for all, ensure free care for families with lower incomes, and ultimately improve access to high-quality care for every child in BC who needs it. It also recommends that the BC government to take urgent action to provide free child care immediately to those families with the greatest need.

* The Challenges of Cultural Competence

To truly define cultural competence, one must draw from past research which says that, "cultural competence is the ability to think, feel, and act in ways that acknowledge, respect, and build upon ethnic, (socio)cultural, and linguistic diversityí (Lynch & Hanson 1993). "



* Handbook of Language and Literacy Development

A roadmap from 0-60 months


Events & Announcements

Child Care Subsidy News From the Province of British Columbia

The Province of BC has made important changes to the Child Care Subsidy process which may impact child care providers.

2016-17 Prime Minister's Awards Competition Now Open!

Do you know a terrific teacher or early childhood educator? Consider nominating them for a 2016-17 Prime Minister's Award! This prestigious program honours innovative and outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers and early childhood educators who are helping prepare Canadian youth for the challenges of tomorrow.

BC CCRR Provincial Highlights sheet for the 15-16 fiscal

The CCRR Program supports BC families and child care providers with free services. Funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development we are proud to increase access for families to community services and Government Programs, and increase the quality of child care through training and resource support. Check out the highlights sheet to find out more about what they've been doing.

Early Childhood Intervention Services and Supports Survey

The Family Support Institute, BC Association for Child Development and Intervention (BCACDI) and Inclusion BC, have embarked on an information gathering project to try and determine what the key issues and concerns are for parents of children and youth with special needs in BC. The survey is only 10 questions long and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

Understanding Anxiety: Learning How Fear Impacts Behaviour

October 27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Children’s real or perceived fears will often show up in challenging forms of behaviour. If we as caregivers react to these behaviours we only cement the underlying anxiety and end up increasing the overall problem. In this interactive workshop we will explore: how anxiety sometimes looks in children, how to see beyond the surface behaviour, and how to understand the underlying fears. 

ECD survey on access to early years programs in BC

Working with Early Childhood Development Roundtable members, First Call has developed a short survey (essentially just four questions) to collect data from service providers on service gaps in early years services and programs throughout BC.
Knowing where there are access barriers for parents is crucial for improving ECD services and supporting policy advocacy. Please forward the survey to any suitable contacts. New survey deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016

How Picture Books and Wordless Books Promote Literary Development in Young Children

October 29, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm.The use of picture books in early childhood settings is a resource for many kinds of learning. Participants will learn different ways to share picture books and wordless books with young children and how those experiences promote literacy and literary development. We will look at different kinds of picture books such as narrative, concept, whimsical, poetic and informational; with a focus on wordless books and the special qualities they offer to young children. We will read aloud and engage in various hands-on activities to explore how children learn language and how to implement response activities that support children’s literacy.

Foundation Series Workshop Schedule

Foundation Series Workshops address a growing concern regarding the impact of advancing technology on developing neurological systems, and profiles the science behind the need for all human beings to move, touch, connect and create. Workshops offer participants a variety of innovative, practical tools and techniques to improve mental, physical and social well being, and achieve optimal productivity.

  • October 31 - November 11 - Online University Course
    Course on impact of technology on children for doctoral OT students sponsored by Pacific University, Portland, Oregon; co-instructor Dr. Chantelle Bernier. Contact person: Sandra Pelham Foster, 503-352-7351.
  • November 5 - Maple Ridge, BC
    Workshop for early intervention staff on attachment and addictions sponsored by Maple Ridge Child Care Resource Centre. Contact person: JoAnne White, 604-467-2273.

WIPCE 2017 Abstract Submissions Deadline Extended to October 31

The theme of WIPCE 2017 is “A Celebration of Resilience”. The role and impacts of Indigenous Education in truth and reconciliation around the world will be a key focus of the conference theme. Individuals submitting abstracts are requested to link their proposal to this focus, if applicable.

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.

Positive Guidance (online course)

November 10, 2016 - 9:00 am to November 23, 2016 - 9:00 am. Guiding is a broad concept that includes a variety of strategies including understanding, encouraging, leading, steering, teaching, mentoring, supporting, exploring and goal setting. This session will provoke participants to reflect on their current practices, to learn from others and to consider new ways to guide and support children.

Managing Transitions

November 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. For both children and adults transitions between activities or between home and childcare can be both stressful and frustrating. During this session participants will be presented with strategies to use before, during, and after both types of transitions to promote independence and set a positive tone in your relationships with children and families.

Child & Youth Care in Action V

Call for Proposals for the 2017 Child and Youth Care in Action Conference. During this conference, we want to celebrate the depth and breadth of our field nationally and internationally. Practitioners and researchers everywhere find themselves embracing multiple real-world and theoretical challenges as part of their everyday working lives. With the intention of embracing these challenges, we welcome you to two days of presentations, conversations and meetings at the University of Victoria. We invite practitioners to share their successful interventions and programs. We also welcome researchers to share findings that their Child and Youth Care related inquiries have generated. Proposals should be submitted online no later than November 30, 2016.

Helping Children – Practical Tools for Engaging and Supporting

December 1-2. Participants of this workshop will develop competency to engage and communicate with children (ages 3-12) and their natural support systems.

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 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

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

Family Support Worker

Vancouver, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Child Care Centre Supervisor

Klemtu, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Casual Early Childhood Educators

Vancouver, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Early Childhood Educator

Vancouver, BC
Start ASAP. Position will remain open until filled

Bus Driver

Part Time

Vancouver, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Early Childhood Educator

Full Time Term (Aug. 2016 – July 2017)

Westbank, 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



* ECE Student Bursary Program will run for the Fall 2016 semester (September to December 2016)

During the summer of 2014, the Early Childhood Educators of BC received funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to establish a bursary fund for students enrolled in early childhood educational programs. To respond to identified needs, priority will be given to:

  • Aboriginal students,
  • Students attending early childhood educational programs with an Aboriginal focus, and
  • Students working to achieve an infant/toddler educator designation.

All students registered for ECE courses during the Fall 2016 semester (September to December 2016) at an approved training institution are encouraged to apply. Students will be able to apply for up to $300 per course, to a maximum of $1,500 per semester.

Please note the application deadline for the Fall 2016 intake is November 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

For more funding resources, see our website

Upcoming Conferences

Nature of Play Conference

November 5, 2016

Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo, BC

BCACCS 2016 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

Strengthening Healthy Development: Education and Public Health in Partnership

December 11 – 12, 2016

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

20th Annual Children the Heart of the Matter conference

February 17 – 18, 2017

Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey, BC

Child and Youth Care in Action Conference: Embracing Challenge

April 26 – 28, 2017

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE)

July 24 – 29, 2017

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON


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