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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.

Registration is now open for the 2016 BCACCS Annual Provincial Training Conference!

Early bird registration closes September 30, 2016. Make sure you register early to ensure that you get your first choice of workshops.

Research & News

* UVic project aims to improve children’s rights

Vaghri said GlobalChild will establish a multi-layered reporting methodology by asking and answering a series of questions to reveal how well Canada is meeting its responsibilities to children.

* Unsafe Infant Sleep Practices Widespread

SIDS is more prevalent among infants who are male, underweight or premature, exposed to secondhand smoke and from lower socio-economic backgrounds. It is three times more common in Aboriginal communities.

* Reduction of child care play space a move in the wrong direction

In a news release, the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC (a First Call member) says, “Government’s move flies in the face of what the experts say about children’s play. The evidence indicates that 14 square metres is ideal and that the minimum threshold of aggressive space is considered to be 7.62 square metres per child. If anything, we should be making outdoor play spaces bigger.”

* Kelowna’s new family hub will help with child care struggles

Not only has this one opened in Kelowna, but Westbank First Nation has also been designated by the province as an Early Years Centre and that one will be opening in the near future.



* Learn More about Cultural Humility from the First Nations Health Authority

What are the concepts of cultural safety and cultural humility?


Events & Announcements

short survey from the First Call ECD Roundtable

The First Call ECD Roundtable is gathering information from service providers on access barriers for parents to early years services for their young children. Help them understand where there are service and data gaps across the province.

CHNET-Works! is booking webinars for September to December 2016

For more information on partnering with CHNET-Works! please contact

PHAC CAPC, CPNP and AHS Regional Training—Kootenay, Okanagan & Northern Regions

Registration is now open for the following PHAC CAPC, CPNP and AHS Regional Training Events: Kootenays, Okanagan and Northern Regions. Please contact Stephanie Wong at or 604-253-9675 for more information.

Canadian Mental Health Association (BC): Confident Parents Thriving Kids Program

The Confident Parents: Thriving Kids program, a family-focused coaching service effective in reducing mild to moderate behavioural problems and promoting healthy child development in children ages 3-12, is being delivered by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CPMA) BC Division, with funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Ministry of Health.

DTES Community Leadership and Charity Board Inclusiveness Survey

Over the course of the summer a cohort of DTES community groups have been working with the Vancouver Foundation and UBC SCARP to consider community leadership. The project title is: “Let’s speak up!” The topic is: The expressed concern for more community leadership in the many DTES non-profit and charity boards.

Global Leaders Program - Launching the next generation of early childhood leaders in the world

Are you interested in applying to becoming a Global Leader? Early childhood professionals recognized as emerging leaders receive leadership training and financial support for small, yet impactful projects they carry out in their own countries.
The Global Leaders for Young Children program at the World Forum Foundation seeks to develop the next generation of early childhood leaders throughout the world. During the two year program, Global Leaders engage with a curriculum designed to build a strong foundation of essential knowledge and skills in the following areas: Global Issues & Awareness, Leadership Development, amd the Science of Early Child Development (SECD).

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.

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.

2016 PHABC Conference – Call for Abstracts

The Public Health Association of British Columbia is hosting its annual conference for 2016. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Healthy Development: Education and Public Health in Partnership.” Education is not limited to a single sector. Here we include both formal and informal education, from early childhood to old age – in other words, lifelong learning. At the same time, we have a particular focus on the main settings for formal education – schools

(K-12) as well as preschool settings, and post-secondary education. Abstracts will be accepted between August 15 - September 15.

Free Family Training/Information Evening

September 10, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Space is limited please only register if you are committed to attending. Friend 2 Friend offers free family training sessions free to families of children with autism and related needs. Heather McCracken 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 principles and practice of the Friend 2 Friend – Integrated Play Groups program offered at the Friend 2 Friend Play Centres in East Vancouver and New

Westminister. Come meet the team, meet other parents and learn about these unique programs! Families wishing to register their children for a play centre program must attend training before registering.

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.

* Supporting Developing Communication Skills in Early Childhood

September 17, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm. Briefly review typical language development in young children, and then discuss ways to create a language-rich environment to support developing communication skills. Discussion and video examples will be used to demonstrate ways to support a child with emerging speech-sound production skills, receptive and expressive language skills, and social communication skills. Get information about what to watch for, and who to refer to, if you suspect a child is struggling with communication. Strategies for supporting communication development in children with special needs will also be discussed.

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.

  • September 23 - Sechelt, BC
    Workshop for general public on the impact of technology on children sponsored by Blissful Yoga. Contact person: Georgia Cyr, 604-989-2358.
  • October 20 - Vancouver, BC
    Workshop for teachers and parents on the impact of technology on children sponsored by Vancouver Waldorf School. Contact person: Jennifer Breckon, 604-985-7435 loc. 202.
  • 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. Contract person: JoAnne White, 604-467-2273.

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!

Training opportunity for Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Ministry of Children and Family Development is excited to invite you to a series of Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshops in Prince Rupert BC on September 26, 27, 28, 2016. All workshops are free however registration is required to plan suitably for coffee, tea, and light snacks. Workshop topics include:

  • September 26, 1pm-4pm: Autism Spectrum Disorder; What Does the Research Say?
  • September 26, 7pm-9pm: Autism Spectrum Disorders in Transitioning Youth and Adults
  • September 27, 9am-12pm: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mental Health Issues in Children
  • September 27, 1pm-4pm: Tools for your toolbox! Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies
  • September 27, 7-9pm: Supporting Individuals with Autism in Crisis/Emergency Situations
  • September 28, 9am-12pm: An Aboriginal Perspective on Supporting Children and Families with Special Needs
  • September 28, 1pm-4pm: Information and Supports across BC for Individuals with ASD and Their Families

Workshops are intended for families, professionals, community members, and anyone interested in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please see the attached invitation for more information. If you are interested in attending, please email or fax 250-615-4873 to get a registration form. For other registration inquiries, please call Cathy Green at 250-615-4858.

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.

Circle of Security® Parenting™ DVD Training

Prince George, BC (Prince George Native Friendship Centre-Power of Friendship Room). October 3 - 6, 2016. Circle of Security has established a DVD parenting education program oering the core components of the evidence-based and internationally acclaimed COS protocol. This 4-Day seminar trains professionals to use an eight chapter DVD to educate parents and caregivers. The program presents video examples of secure and problematic parent/child interaction, healthy options in care giving, and animated graphics designed to clarify principles central to COS. Circle of Security Parenting implements decades of attachment research in an accessible step-by-step process for use in group settings, home visitation, or individual counseling.

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 - 8 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.

Kids Have Stress: Part 1

October 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children up to 5 years of age. Learning to handle stress is an important life skill for everyone. Developed by the Psychology Foundation of Canada this training teaches educators to help children enhance their physical, mental, emotional and behavioural coping skills, thinking styles and key abilities during the important window of opportunity of the early years. By providing participants with more information, tools and strategies, this training will help them learn effective ways to promote positive emotional development and self-regulation in young children, and create a learning environment that reduces stress and supports children by helping them to begin to effectively cope with stress.

Understanding the Mask of Anxiety

October 15, 9:30 am - 12:45 pm at TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children up to 12 years. Anxiety is a deceptive disability that masks the true feelings and motivations of individuals. 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 together how anxiety sometimes looks in a range of children, how to see beyond the surface behaviour and begin to understand the underlying fears, how to build relationships with difficult to connect-to children, and how to develop strategies that support children to self-regulate, communicate and take risks. 

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.

* 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.

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

* Early Childhood Educator

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

Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician

Lillooet, BC
Closing August 30, 2016

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

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



Grants from the Lex Reynolds Adoption and Permanency Trust Fund (“the Trust”)

The Trust awards grants for collaborative projects and programs that use innovative approaches to support permanency options for BC’s children an youth and help realize lifelong connections.

Bond to Literacy Program Funding

HIPPY Canada is looking for 6 partner sites across BC (preferably 3 in the Lower Mainland, and 3 outside the Lower Mainland) to deliver the Bond to Literacy (BTL) program over the next 2 - 3 years. If your organization is interested in being one of the service-delivery sites for this project, please join a conference call, where more details will be shared.

Our Community, Our Water event Grant

Water is an integral part of life, community and wellbeing. To help protect and celebrate the importance of water, particularly drinking water, in your community, the First Nations Health Authority Drinking Water Safety Program would like to invite First Nations communities in BC to submit a proposal for a community water awareness day event!

ASPECT accepting applications for the Canada-BC Job Grant

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program that helps employers invest in training for their current or future employees.

For more funding resources, see our website

Upcoming Conferences

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

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


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