early childhood

The BC Infant and Early Childhood Court Team (IECCT) Conference – May 15 – 16, 2017

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Judges and lawyers routinely face making life-altering, best interest decisions about infants and young children who have experienced significant adverse experiences and are at risk for devastating long-term outcomes. This conference is a unique opportunity to learn from and engage with internationally-recognized experts (including judges, lawyers, and infant mental health clinicians) from evidence-based court teams developed in the USA. Working together we will build on and adapt these model programs for implementation in the Canadian context and, in British Columbia, to create the BC Infant and Early Childhood Court Teams (IEECTs).
A limited number of tuition bursaries to partially cover registration fees are available for professionals and service providers working with children and families who would otherwise not be in a position to attend.
Date: May 15 – 16, 2017
Location: Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver
Early bird registration deadline: April 7, 2017


Faculty of Education Vancouver Summer Program – Employment and Volunteer Opportunities. Due: June 17, 2016

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The Faculty of Education will be running three packages (LLED, ECPS, and Early Childhood Education) as part of the Vancouver Summer Program. PDCE is supporting the administration of this program and we are looking to hire 2 Cultural Exchange Student Ambassadors and 10-15 Cultural Exchange Volunteers.

Further information: http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/vancouver-summer-program

Cultural Exchange Student Ambassadors will support the Vancouver Summer Program. They will assist in the planning and facilitation of orientation and social activities for visiting students on behalf of the Faculty of Education, help students orient and adapt to studies at UBC, and provide a supportive atmosphere for students while they are in Vancouver. The incumbent will work closely with the Cultural Coordinator and the Professional Development & Community Engagement (PDCE) unit within the UBC Faculty of Education. The position reports directly to the Manager of Professional Programs in PDCE.

Duties & Responsibilities: Assisting with the planning and facilitation of orientation and social activities. Assist with airport pick-up and residence check-in when students arrive (July 14-17). Attend and facilitate Orientation (July 18 all day), and evening and weekend social activities. In conjunction with the Cultural Coordinator, liaise with other faculties and external units including catering services, entertainment venues, transportation companies, and building facility managers. Assist with the development of a template for future program implementation.

Wage: $22/hour

Deadline: June 17, 2016

Apply: Submit cover letter and résumé to Andrea Webb andrea.webb@ubc.ca or in person to PDCE office

Cultural Exchange Volunteers will be working closely with the Faculty of Education’s Cultural Exchange Students Ambassadors and the Cultural Coordinator to provide visiting students with a fun, safe, supportive, and meaningful exchange experience.  Cultural Exchange Volunteers will engage with VSP students by encouraging participation in a range of social and cultural activities, and supporting them throughout their orientation and transition to UBC and Vancouver.

Duties & Responsibilities: Attend a mandatory orientation and training session, attend and assist with welcoming activities including but not limited to residence check in, campus tours, city tours, and orientations events, attend and engage VSP students at various social and cultural events on evenings, weekends, and some weekdays, assist the VSP staff in facilitating events.

Hours per week: 5 – 15

Apply: email cover letter, résumé, and unofficial transcript addressed to Renae Roles; r.roles@alumni.ubc.ca


The African Storybook in Global Perspective: Children’s Literacy and Teacher Identity. Apr 26, 2016 | 12:30pm–2pm

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The Institute for Early Childhood Education & Research (IECER) along with Early Childhood Education Graduate Students in the Faculty of Education are proud to host a faculty and graduate student research brown bag series intended to bring faculty, students and the ECE Community together to consider inquiry and research across the complex and multi-faceted discipline of Early Childhood Education.  The African Storybook (ASb) is a ground-breaking South African initiative, begun in 2013, which promotes early literacy for African children through a powerful interactive website (africanstorybook.org/). There are currently over 500 unique stories in over 60 African languages, as well as English, French, and Portuguese, which can be downloaded, translated, and adapted.

Presenters: Bonnie Norton, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, LLED.  Liam Doherty, Ph.D. Student, LLED.  Espen Stranger-Johannessen, Ph.D. Candidate, LLED.

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016   Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Location: Room 310, Neville Scarfe, 2125 Main Mall, Point Grey Campus

RSVP: http://ogpr.educ.ubc.ca/2016/02/23/johannessen-norton-apr28-2016/

Early Intervention with Indigenous Families & Children in British Columbia: A critical inquiry. Presentation by Dr. Alison Gerlach. 12-1 pm, Jan 14, 2016

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CRiHHI_AGerlach-FINALEarly Intervention with Indigenous Families & Children in   British Columbia : A critical inquiry

Presentation by Alison J Gerlach, PhD, MSc (OT), Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, UBC

DATE: Thursday, January 14, 2016

TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

VENUE: Room T206
UBC School of Nursing
3rd Floor of the UBC Hospital [MAP]
2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC

Early childhood intervention (ECI) programs are increasingly recognized for their potential in promoting children’s health and well-being, and appear to be ideally positioned to play a vital role in fostering child health equity. Currently, there is a lack of research on ECI programs in the context of Indigenous families and children in Canada. This seminar will present the findings of a critical qualitative inquiry undertaken in partnership with the Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP) of British Columbia.

Dr. Alison Gerlach is an occupational therapy-researcher who has worked for many years in partnership with Indigenous communities, organizations and colleagues on a shared agenda of promoting children’s health and wellbeing. Alison’s doctoral research is one of the few studies internationally that draws on critical theoretical perspectives and an ‘ an equity lens’ to examine how ECI can contribute towards fostering health equity for Indigenous infants and young children. The findings of this study have implications for all healthcare professionals working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous families and children who experience social disadvantages as a result of structural inequities.

PT Early Childhood Education (ECE) Instructor, Due: Nov. 20, 2015

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Vancouver Community College (VCC), Make Children First and Gold Trail School District #74 are seeking a part-time Early Childhood Education (ECE) Instructor.

The ECE Instructor will:
– Deliver instruction that meets the VCC ECE Basic Certificate curriculum
– Plan the daily classes to meet the general and individual needs of students
– Evaluate student performance
– Act in a manner that upholds both the VCC and the School District #74 standards – Monitor and review students during practicum placements

The ideal candidate must possess the following education, experience and competences: – Current ECE License

– Early Childhood Education Diploma
– Degree or Diploma in a related field preferred
– Minimum 2 years of related practical work experience
– Some experience in adult education and the working knowledge of diverse instructional

– Ability to develop rapport with diverse learners (youth and matured students) – Knowledge of Aboriginal culture an asset
– Familiarity with the Gold Trail area an asset

This is a 9 months temporary position for the duration of the pilot outreach ECCE program delivered by VCC at the Gold Trail School District.

-Position Start: September, 2016
-Position End: July, 2017
-Hours of work: 25 hours a week/ Monday to Friday, 9:00 – 2:00 -Salary: $47.00 per hour (including benefits)

Application deadline: November 20, 2015 at 4:00pm

Contact: Greg Howard, Transition Advisor SD74 Gold Trail


Tel: 250-318-7485

Original Posting (.pdf): Posting for the ECCE Instructor Gold Trail