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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.

Mary Thomas Memorial Scholarship is open

You worked hard, found inspiration in caring for children, and rallied to finish your schooling. Now, apply for the Mary Thomas Memorial Scholarship to celebrate your achievement! Each year, BCACCS offers one $1000 scholarship for eligible Basic ECE students and one $1500 scholarship for eligible Post-Basic ECE students. This scholarship is awarded after you have completed your Basic or Post-Basic ECE certificate or diploma program. Our goal is to 

recognize and reward two Aboriginal ECE students each year for the highest overall achievement including; academic standing (at an approved educational institution and ECE program within British Columbia), outstanding accomplishments, volunteer work, community

involvement, references, history of the applicant, as well as their ongoing commitment to childcare. If you know someone who might be interested please share. Deadline to apply is July 31, 2018.


Research & News

* About half of B.C.’s child care providers apply for reduced fees

“We’re processing applications as soon as possible and we’re wanting to make sure parents get the payment as soon as possible,” said Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen last week.

* Province proposes changes to improve Indigenous child welfare

“Keeping Indigenous children connected to their family and communities is a key priority of our government and these legislative changes are a first step towards this goal,” said Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy.

 

Resources

* Aboriginal Head Start On-Reserve (AHSOR) Program Expansion FAQ sheet

Communities seeking to initiate or expand their AHSOR programs are encouraged to attend a one hour information webinar on April 25, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT. A recording of the webinar will be posted on www.fnha.ca the day after the event.

 

Events & Announcements

What is the Canada child benefit?

The Canada child benefit (CCB) is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age. You only have to apply once to find out if you are eligible.

New 24 hour Jordan's Principle reporting line

Take a look at this podcast episode describing Menominee understandings of how relationships with the natural world support learning in early learning settings.

Partnerships Project

The Partnerships Project Training Modules are a community based training delivery model for practitioners and parents in communities who serve children birth to six with special needs and their families.

Growing Systems Leadership for Children - Call for Expressions of Interest is Open

Seeking 2 or 3 inter-sectoral groups in British Columbia who would like to be part of a ground breaking project to deepen leadership and collaboration towards improving the life chances of children in our province. These groups may be geographic or organizational “communities” who have a history of working together to create change.

New Features on the Early Years Professional Development (EYPD) web portal

It’s been one year since the public launch of the Early Years Professional Development (EYPD) web portal. It is easier than ever to find training that suits your needs and interests.

Aboriginal ECCE Assistant Training

The ECCE Assistant Training Program is a collaboration between the Musqueam Indian Band and Vancouver Community College. This program is designed to train participants for entry level employment opportunities as licensed ECCE Assistants, School Age (before and after school) Care Workers, and more.

Truth and Reconciliation: What It Means For Non-Indigenous ECE Workers

May 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Kitsilano Neighbourhood House. Have you heard about the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action or the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? Do you wonder what they mean to you, in your role as an early childhood educator or administrator?

The Need for Unstructured Play

May 26, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm. Children's time today is more structured than it has ever been at any other point in modern history. Is much of the dramatic play you are seeing about enacting media characters? How have we gotten to this place? What are we losing in human growth and development by not giving both time and value to unstructured play?

Heart-Mind Well-Being: Caring for You Workshop

May 29, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. This ​Heart-Mind Well-Being: Caring for You Workshop promotes social emotional learning, personal wellness, and adult self-care through the lens of DLC’s Heart-Mind Well-Being Framework. This Framework was developed in partnership with the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC and is grounded in latest SEL research and best practice models in the field.

Teaching and Learning through First Peoples Principles

Register By: May 29. The First Peoples Principles of Learning (FPPL) are an important element in the re-design of BC’s new curriculum. The goal of this summer institute is to assist educators from K to 12 to incorporate the First Peoples Principles of Learning in to their curriculum planning, teaching practice, and learning environments. July 3 - 13, 2018.

Creating Sensory Experiences in Early Childhood Settings

June 2, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for parents and child care providers of children 3 years of age and up. Sensory experiences that allow children to learn through feeling, touching, smelling, tasting, and hearing are the purest form of exploration in early childhood. When children engage their senses through open ended, exploratory experiences they create natural learning opportunities through play.

* Sunshine Coast CCRR Exploration and Discovery conference call for proposals

The Sunshine Coast Child Care Resource and Referral Program is seeking workshop proposals for our annual "Exploration and Discovery Conference" scheduled this fall for Saturday, October 20st at Chatelech Secondary School in Sechelt. Please find attached a copy of our

application form. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 15, 2018. For more information please contact 604-885-5657, email coastccrr@sccss.ca or visit coastccrr.ca.

* Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education Now Open

This award is open to all individuals who are a B.C. teaching certificate holder and currently teaching within the B.C. Kindergarten to Grade 12 public, independent or First Nations school systems. The submission deadline is June 18, 2018.

Foundation Series Workshop

November 15 and 17, 2018 in Maple Ridge. Workshops for early childhood educators and health professionals on impact of technology on children sponsored by Ridge Meadows Early Child Development Committee. Contact Roberta O'Brien, 604-467-6055 or rmecd@telus.net in

order to register.


Job Postings

* Child, Youth, and Adult Mental Health Clinician – Eating Disorder Specialization

Part-Time Auxiliary (up to 56 hours bi-weekly)
South Vancouver Island region
Deadline May 9, 2018

Check our jobs page for more postings

 

Funding

BCLI is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program

FPCC is pleased to announce that the B.C. Language Initiative Program (BCLI) is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program year! BCLI supports projects to revitalize British Columbia First Nations languages through documentation, immersion programs, materials and curriculum development, traditional and cultural programming, and community collaboration. First Nations communities and organizations are eligible to submit proposals. Application Deadline: April 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Growing AHS in BC – Provincial Investment – An Aboriginal Head Start expansion in BC

The Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC (AHSABC) and the Province of BC are working in partnership to create opportunities to GROW AHS in BC. The Indigenous Child Care Expansion is providing new funding to provide fully operational AHS child care services with wrap-around family support for:
a) Communities in BC with Aboriginal Head Start programming who wish to expand AHSUNC (off-reserve/urban) programs to include child care; and
b) Communities in BC with no existing Aboriginal Head Start programming who need childcare.
Funding for Growing AHS in BC is available to support Capital and Operating costs for the development and delivery of NEW licensed AHS Child Care Services in URBAN locations.

Interested Urban, Non-profit, Aboriginal Organizations must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) before April 30, 2018.

Aboriginal Head Start On-Reserve (AHSOR) Program Expansion for BC First Nations Communities

Communities seeking to initiate or expand their AHSOR programs are encouraged to attend an information webinar on April 25th, 2018 from 10 – 11AM. You can register for the webinar here.

To ensure that no community is left behind in the development phase, FNHA will host regional application development workshops between May 14 and 25 to provide direct program development to First Nations requiring this service.

The application form, along with additional information will be distributed during the week of April 30th and will also be available via the FNHA website here.

Professional Development Funds

A reminder that there are proD funds available for all IDP/AIDP/SCD/ASCD professionals in BC. Diana Elliot coordinates the application process with an advisory committee. Contact her at directly at 250-388-5593 or toll free at 1-866-338-4881 or email advisor@aidp.bc.ca. Updated Prod D Duns User Guides can be found at www.aidp.bc.ca or www.ascdp.bc.ca.

Minor Capital Funding available

Do you require emergency upgrades or repairs to your facility or replacement or repairs of flooring, fixtures or other eligible furnishings to comply with the Licensing Regulations within your Child Care Facility? Or are you relocating? You may be eligible for up to $2,000.00 in Minor Capital Funding per facility (per physical address not per licence). If you have any questions, please call the program toll free at 1 888-338-6622 option 5.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin

Early childhood and child development is one of the Trust’s 13 strategic priorities. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit ourtrust.org or call 1.800.505.8998. The next grant

intake will take place in spring 2018.

2018 BC Aboriginal student and teacher awards application available

Application forms for 2018 BC Aboriginal Student Awards and BC Aboriginal Teacher Education Awards are now available through the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society.

Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) Accepting Proposals

The ALI program supports community-based projects that contribute to the revitalization and preservation of Aboriginal languages, and is delivered in B.C. by the First Peoples' Cultural Council. Grants should be between $25,000 - $50,000 maximum, per year. Multi-year funding is available for projects that span over two fiscal years. Eligible strategies include participatory (language immersion) programming and resource development (archiving or documentation).

Community and social service grants for non-profit organizations

To help build strong communities in Vancouver, the City offers a range of funding for non-profit social service groups and neighbourhood organizations in the form of grants.
There are grants available for operating childcare centres, providing services to at-risk communities, small-scale renovations to facilities, and more. Check online for deadlines, vary per grant.

BC Native Women’s Association (BCNWA) with Aboriginal Skills Employment and Training Strategy (ASETS)

The BC Native Women's Association (BCNWA) believes that education and training opportunities can help Indigenous women achieve economic success. The BCNWA's Aboriginal Skills Employment and Training Strategy (ASETS) Program is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The ASETS Program takes a labour market driven approach so that all training initiatives reflect labour market needs in your community. BCNWA will sponsor the 4th year of a degree program, last year of a diploma or certificate program. Training initiatives are approved based on funding availability, individual eligibility, and labour market needs. BCNWA-ASETS can also aid with back to work assistance such as work clothes, shoes or travel such as a monthly bus pass.

Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program

The BC Association of Friendship Centres and First Nations Health Authority are proud to jointly offer funding to pay for prenatal, birthing and postpartum doula services for expectant Aboriginal mothers and families, living in BC (living either on and off reserve).
This grant program provides up to $1000 of coverage for each pregnancy in a family.

Mary Thomas Memorial Scholarship is open

Each year, BCACCS offers one $1000 scholarship for eligible Basic ECE students and one $1500 scholarship for eligible Post-Basic ECE students. This scholarship is awarded after you have completed your Basic or Post-Basic ECE certificate or diploma program. Our goal is to recognize and reward two Aboriginal ECE students each year for the highest overall achievement including; academic standing (at an approved educational institution and ECE program within British Columbia), outstanding accomplishments, volunteer work, community involvement, references, history of the applicant, as well as their ongoing commitment to childcare. If you know someone who might be interested please share. Deadline to apply is July 31, 2018.

For more funding resources, see our website


Upcoming Conferences

Transitions and Transformations: Influencing Change Through Relational Practice

May 1 – 4, 2018

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

Navigating Our World Through the Lens of Early Childhood. It’s Our Moment

May 3 – 5, 2018

Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC

West Kootenay Early Years Conference

May 25 – 26, 2018

Mary Hall, Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus (820 Tenth Street) Nelson, BC

National Symposium on Child Well-being

August 2021, 2018
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

22nd Annual BCAPOP Conference

October 4 – 6, 2018

Westin Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

The 6th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference: Creating Partnerships

November 7 – 9, 2018

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

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

TBA, 2018

Vancouver, BC

8th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health

March 22 – 24, 2019

Calgary, AB

 

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