Professional Development

Committees & Organizations Involved
Tri-Cities ECD Committee

Ministry of Children and Family Development

ECD Committee

To support front line child care and other early childhood development program professionals, the ECD Committee began offering complimentary Professional Development workshops in 2007.  Topics were chosen based on the needs of the community at the time of the workshops.  Our last workshops were offered in January and February of 2019.

Workshops were organized by the ECD Professional Working Group and ranged from a short evening or half-day session to full day conferences. Each workshop was well received by early childhood development professionals in the Tri-Cities. Through these workshops, the community gained  access to emerging topics that enhanced program delivery.

Some of the topics included:

  • Cultural competence
  • Proactive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour
  • Kids have stress too!
  • Social-Emotional Development Workshop Series(Professionals)
  • Emotionally Accessible Spaces for Everyone
  • Creating Inclusive Spaces Through a SOGI Lens
  • Incorporating Indigenous Learnings into Programs

Most workshops were created to accommodate between 30 to 100 participants. We also presented a few larger conferences of 300+ guests. If you attended a conference and would like to have someone send confirmation of your attendance, contact Susan Foster.

Each year from 2009 until 2018, the ECD and MCM Coordinators planned a workshop which was titled Research Day. This was a one day event where information pertinent to early and middle childhood in the Tri-Cities community was shared with all ECD and MCM Committee members. This was an opportunity for ECD and MCM members to devote a full day to learn about emerging research and community statistics, share ideas and brainstorm. Opportunities to collaborate on next steps for planning for children and families in the Tri-Cities were provided. The topics covered included:

  • Healthier Communities
  • Neighbourhood Level/ Place-Based Strategies Exploration
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Collective Impact
  • Incorporating Aboriginal culture