Early Years Conference 2020 is fast approaching

...and HELP will be there

The Early Years Conference 2020 will take place January 30 and February 1 & 2, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. This event continues to lead the field of professional development in early childhood development, early childhood intervention, and family support. It is your opportunity to explore the complex factors impacting children’s development and highlight many of the considerations and practices in our work with young children and their families. This year’s theme – Listen Together, Learn Together, Act Together – is a call to action. It is a reminder that families and communities are central to the healthy development of young children. When Listening Together, Learning Together and Acting Together, we can create relationships that will best optimize the well-being and resilience of children.

HELP is pleased to, once again, host a pre-conference workshop as part of the Early Years Conference program. Changing Early Childhood Experiences through System Change will explore new approaches to reducing early childhood social and emotional vulnerability (as described using EDI data) and improve health and well-being for all children. The focus of the workshop is twofold. First, presenters will highlight how we can better understand children’s early social and emotional experiences using a new questionnaire called the Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (CHEQ). Presenters will then showcase how these data can be used to support and guide two programs that cut across traditional silos, encouraging educators in both the Early Years and in the Education sector to work together toward improving early experience and preparing schools and children for the transition into school. Specifically, the workshop will describe how data and research about the science of early development and infant social and emotional well-being can be brought to bear in two BC programs: Changing Results for Young Children and Early Years to Kindergarten Transitions. HELP pre-conference presenters include Dr. Alisa Almas, Faculty Research Associate and Research Lead of the CHEQ Project, Maureen Dockendorf, Consultant, BC Ministry of Education, and Pippa Rowcliffe, Deputy Director, HELP.

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ECE Bursary Funding for Early Years Conference 2020
In partnership with The Province of British Columbia – Ministry of Children & Family Development, and The Government of Canada, Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (WCCRC) has established a Professional Development Bursary fund for early childhood educators and other child care providers in BC who wish to attend Early Years Conference 2020. Please CLICK HERE to learn more about eligibility and how to apply.