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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 - Child Care Recognition Awards close June 30, 2016!

The BCACCS Child Care Recognition Awards honour exceptional role models working in the Aboriginal early childhood education field, throughout BC. These inspiring individuals are the champions of our communities. Traditional First Nations and/or Métis language, culture, and practice are celebrated through their passion, dedication, and hard work. Nominate a colleague for this special recognition. It's easy! Fill in the one page nomination form on our website. If you have any questions contact or call 604-913-9128 Ext. 227. Nomination deadline is June 30, 2016!

* New Research and Policy Guide available on the BCACCS Knowledge Portal

BCACCS is excited to announce that a new Research and Policy guide is available in our Knowledge Portal. The resources provide information on topics related to Aboriginal early childhood education, care and policy and/or develop a research project in the field. This guide can help connect you with community resources; find practical, online research and information and discover materials in the Resource Centre collection.

Research & News

* 5 ways education could produce a brighter future for Indigenous people

For Blackstock, who is also a professor at the University of Alberta, giving First Nations kids the same public services that other young people in Canada receive would be the perfect way to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday next year.

* What we want in an early learning and child care framework for Canada

We want recognition that Indigenous Peoples need resources to develop their own child care systems.

* Canadian Public Health Association Position Statement - Early Childhood Education and Care

In Canada childcare services are a responsibility of provinces and territories, and there is currently no pan-Canadian strategy on which to develop consistent quality and availability standards. This situation has resulted in a patchwork of services and programs across jurisdictions and two different funding models for ECEC. The Quebec system provides fixed fee services for all children five years of age and younger regardless of family income, with fees that are affordable and proportionate to family income. The province also invests directly in the development of these spaces. The remainder of Canada relies on tax credits to defray ECEC and other child-related expenses. This approach puts the onus on the family to pay for ECEC services prior to recouping the costs as an income tax deduction, and can be a significant financial burden. These differences result in inconsistent pricing, availability and quality of service across Canada that in turn affects a child’s access to opportunities and limits their healthy development.

* Children’s Rights and International Assistance

The review of Canada’s international assistance program provides an opportunity to make the Convention on the Rights of the Child a comprehensive framework for policies that affect children. The benefit would be greater impact for children through coherence and integration between all aspects of program and policy. The CCRC also proposed that a Child Rights Impact Assessment tool be used to identify impacts for children in other program areas, such as economic development and sustainability.

* 'Put those phones away': Daycare's infant experiment may surprise you

"There is growing data that suggests that our misuse, our overuse, of technology is related to a lot of this rise in mental health issues that we're seeing," Cheng said.



* Aboriginal Children's Books: 17 Stories To Teach Kids About Indigenous Heritage

In honour of National Aboriginal Day on June 21 Huffington Post put together a list of children's books that you can read with your kids to teach them more about Canada's Aboriginal heritage anytime of the year. We have most of these books in our Resource Centre lending library. Contact if you'd like to know how to borrow them.

* School is out! Summer activities engage kids throughout B.C.

Summer in British Columbia is a great time to explore our beautiful province and make family memories to last a lifetime. No matter what your family has planned for the season, these are just some of the many options parents have to ensure this summer gets off to a strong start.​


Events & Announcements

Superhero Play

July 7, 7:00 - 9:00 pm in BNW (Burnaby). Suitable for all early learning and child care professionals of children up to  12 years of age. All children have a right to play. This includes superhero play, sometimes weapon play and shocking themes like shooting storm troopers! The aim of my workshop is to facilitate a discussion on superhero play. This workshop will provide information and strategies for early childhood educators and caregivers about how to support young children with rough and tumble play, superhero play, fighting and weapon play.

Vancouver Reggio Consortium - A Sense of Place

Towards a Pedagogy for Ecology: Mindful Learning Together Outdoors. July 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Stories from the Forest

July 13, 7:00 - 9:00 pm in TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for parents and all child care providers of children 2-5 years of age. All children have a right to play. Books often make us think about snuggling on the couch, but there are books that can take us far, far away from our homes, out into the forests and mud puddles of our imagination. Learn how to use outdoor storytelling techniques, nature stories, rhymes and songs to bring nature into the classroom and encourage children to explore outdoors.

Vancouver Reggio Consortium - Nurturing the Fantastical

July 19, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. A framework developed over the last several years of Reggioinspired project work by Jordan and Leslie at Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, Hawai’i. They will share a year long in-depth project exploring the idea of “fantastical” which epitomizes the multiple layers of learning, demonstrating, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.

Managing Transitions

July 21, 7:00 - 9:00 pm in BNW (Burnaby). Suitable for parents and all child care providers of children up to 6 years of age. 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. There will be an opportunity for participants to reflect on current routines examining what works as well as what might be changed.

Understanding Children’s Fears

July 27, 7:00 - 9:00 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.

* 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 am - 4:30 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, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Friend 2 Friend Play Centre – New Westminster.

Job Postings

ECE Student Job

Temporary: Summer

Fort Langley, BC
Expected start date: July 4, 2016

* Full-Time ASCD Consultant

Two year term (may be extended)

New Westminster, Burnaby, and the Tri-City area, BC
Closing noon on July 15, 2016

Early Childhood Educator

Nitinaht Lake, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Early Childhood Educator Assistant

Casual / On-Call
Chilliwack, BC
Open until on-call list is established

Complex Care Unit Knowledge Keeper

Part time

Burnaby, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Check our jobs page for more postings



Closes soon! Language Nest Program Call for Applications

The Language Nest Program is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 program year. First Nations communities and organizations within B.C. are eligible to apply for up to $20,000 to support language immersion programming for children under 5 years old. Deadline for applications: June 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) bursary program

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 Winter 2016 semester (January to April 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: Application forms must be received at ECEBC by July 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

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

Heart-Mind Conference

October 21 – 22, 2016

Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, 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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