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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.

* Research Shows Barriers to Access of Traditional Foods for Indigenous Children

The Population and Public Health program of Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the BC Aboriginal Childcare Society (BCACCS) have released a new report, Increasing Indigenous Children’s Access to Traditional Foods in Early Childhood Programs. The report summarizes food safety barriers and facilitators to providing non-market, high-protein, traditional foods in early childhood settings.

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West Vancouver, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Research & News

* Opinion: Time to make investing in B.C. families our top priority

"Strong families raise healthy, resilient children. When all families have the opportunity to thrive, we build strong communities that are caring, inclusive and welcoming to all."

* 10 things you need to know about B.C. Budget 2017

"Up to 2,000 new child care spaces will be created in 2017-18 at a cost of $20 million. Those spaces will be in addition to the province's goal of creating 13,000 new child care spaces between 2014 and 2020."

* Recess Jungle : How It Impacts The Lives Of Children With Autism

Sarah runs up to a child on the playground at recess time. She pushes the child and runs away looking back at the child while giggling. The child immediately tells the supervising education assistant (EA) that Sarah has pushed him. The EA knows something is amiss. She approaches Sarah to ask her why she has pushed the other child. Sarah immediately burst into tears. The rest of Sarah’s day at school is filled with tears and requests to go home. The chaotic Recess Jungle has struck yet again!



* Pierre Fortin - What can we learn from Quebec’s 20 year old child care reform?

This year, CCPA-BC’s annual Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture featured economist Pierre Fortin, who shared lessons from Quebec’s experience with low-fee, publicly funded child care on November 23rd. You can find re-cap of the lecture with a written summary, full audio recording, and Pierre's slide show.

* FASD Fact Sheet

Today, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term that describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual who was prenatally exposed to alcohol, and includes FAS. These effects can include lifelong physical, mental, behavioural difficulties, and learning disabilities. Find out more.



Events & Announcements

* East Kootenay Early Years Conference Brochure Available

The goal for the conference is to empower, educate and connect participants. The program provides opportunities for professional development for those who work with young children and families in child care settings, family resource programs, primary school educators, community development and other community programs. The conference will also be of interest to parents, grandparents, caregivers and those looking to make a positive impact in children’s lives. Take a peek at the brochure and discover how to “Imagine, Nurture and Grow” this April.

* Support the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health by participating in a short online survey

Let NCCAH know how it is doing. Regardless of whether you are very familiar with the Centre, or are new to NCCAH's work, they are interested in your thoughts and opinions.

* ECEBC's 46th Annual Conference Call for Volunteers

Pathways to Professionalism: Believe, Be Hopeful, Be Bold- May 4 to 6, 2017, Richmond, BC
Members and other volunteers contribute to our collective work every day. For example, more than 10 volunteers from throughout the province helped assist with the workshop selection process for Conference 2017. As you look look forward to 2017, please reach out if you would like to share your skills in a new way. Volunteering is a great way to get connected, to learn new things and to develop new skills. ECEBC is currently seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks and projects:
• Conference 2017. For more information, please contact Christine at or Dawn Way at
• Student member(s) to participate in the post-secondary committee
• Student member(s) to participate in resource development activities.

New web portal for early years training is a new web portal that will help early years professionals in accessing and selecting learning opportunities in BC. The web portal displays upcoming early years training events from over 75 agencies throughout British Columbia. You can search by keyword on your phone, tablet or computer. An interactive map displays training sessions by location.

* UBC & UVic: BC Provincial Early Years Survey

Your participation is vital to creating an accurate Provincial picture but recruitment has been low – especially for the staff level survey. The survey takes ~ 15 minutes to complete. If you haven’t already done so they are asking you to take the time to fill out one of the surveys and

encourage your staff to. A $5 e-gift card is offered as a small thank you.

Link to survey for managers

Link to survey for all other staff

Call for proposals - First UBC Biennial Early Childhood Graduate Student Conference

This year the conference theme is Coming together: Celebrating Diversity Around Young Children. Presentations may include a research project, program or case study, or educators’ life experiences; children’s stories, art, and other media that may further contribute to bridging diverse knowledge, and inspire discussions around our conference theme.

How to Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect with Mary Peirce Biagi

February 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. This workshop is intended to help participants develop a clear foundation on supporting children during possible abuse or neglect situations.

Participants will:
-Understand what is normal sexual development in childhood and adolescence
-Be familiar with the different forms of abuse and neglect.
-Be familiar with the provincial child protection legislation and be aware of Canada’s criminal laws on child maltreatment.
-Understand their statutory responsibilities and role in responding to suspected and disclosed abuse.
-Learn how to make a report.
-Have a basic understanding of the role of the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the police in responding to allegations of abuse.
-Have practical handouts for future reference and know where to access further information when needed.

First Call 2017 fundraising gala

First Call 2017 fundraising gala honours RCY Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond February 23, 6:00 - 10:00 pm. (Fraserview Hall 8240 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC). For 10 years she’s championed the rights of our children and youth. Save the date for an evening with guest of honour Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC’s representative for children and youth.

Kids Have Stress Too!®

February 25, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. This is an interactive training workshop from The Psychology Foundation of Canada for professionals who work with families and children in early learning and care environments.

It’s All About Me

February 25, 2017. Cascade Church (35190 Delair Rd.), Abbotsford. Registration is open! Come to a conference for people who care about children.

* Making Child Care Visible - Week of Action - March 1-8, 2017

March 1 - 8 is a province-wide week of action to make child care visible across the province. Tools and resources that parents, educators and supporters can use to take action for child care and contact candidates, politicians, newspaper editors in every community, and more, will be shared, as well as ideas for stroller brigades and events.

* My Dad Matters: Engaging Men Raising the Next Generation Toolkit

March 2, 5:30 - 8:30 pm at Parkgate Library. Learn about best practices that support dads. Develop a father involvement action plan that you can begin to implement immediately.

Engaging in stories of Indigenous well-being

March 10, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Presenters will speak on the interdisciplinary frameworks they have undertaken to understand Indigenous well-being, from language revitalization to the importance of Indigenous networks within HIV/AIDS interventions.

Sparking Children’s Curiosity in their Outdoor Environment

March 11, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Okanagan College. Outdoor play can be a magical time for children. Sticks, leaves, and water can spark a child's curiosity and create outdoor play options.

How Children Become their Own Persons

March 11, 9:30 am ‐12:45 pm. Metrotown Community Resource Centre (3rd floor, 4460 Beresford St.) Burnaby, BC. Play ‐ At least the kind that builds brains and forward development ‐ is becoming an endangered activity among those who need to engage in it most.

* National poverty reduction strategy consultations and advisory committee

February 13, 2017, the federal government announced it will start a consultation process for the development of the Canadian-Poverty Reduction Strategy (C-PRS). Canadians are invited to take part in the online consultation that will run February to June 2017. Interested individuals can apply to join an advisory committee (apply by March 13, 2017).

* 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.

Registration is open for the BC Infant and Early Childhood Court Team (IECCT) Conference

May 15-16 in Vancouver, BC. Putting Science to Work for Infants and Young Children in Court: Together we have the capacity to change the lives of vulnerable children.

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

Speech and Language Pathologist

Vanderhoof, BC
Closing March 10, 2017

* Early Childhood Educator

Victoria, BC
Apply soon

* ECE Assistant

Chilliwack, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Check our jobs page for more postings



Winter 2017 bursary application

All students registered for ECE courses during the Winter 2017 semester (January to April 2017) 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. Click here for the Winter 2017 bursary application. Application forms must be received at ECEBC by March 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

* Province adds $5 million to annual Community Gaming Grants

Eligible organizations apply for grants in six categories: arts and culture, sport, environment, human and social services, public safety and parent advisory councils (including district parent advisory councils).

For more funding resources, see our website

Upcoming Conferences

It’s All About Me

February 25, 2017

Cascade Church (35190 Delair Rd.), Abbotsford, BC

Side-by-Side: Strategies for Working with Vulnerable Fathers

March 1 – 2, 2017

Canada Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, Winnipeg, MB

* HELP Wave 6 EDI Forum

March 30, 2017

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

Child and Youth Care in Action Conference: Embracing Challenge

April 26 – 28, 2017

University of Victoria, Victoria, 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

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

May 15 – 16, 2017

Vancouver, BC

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


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