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$6.3 million to expand professional development opportunities for ECEs

Six organizations are sharing $6.3 million in funding to develop and expand professional development opportunities for child care professionals in B.C. This funding is part of the Province’s Early Learning and Child Care Agreement with the Government of Canada.

Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia:

The Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC (AHSABC) is receiving $500,000 to expand the Learn, Observe, Value, Inspire, Transform (LOVIT) Way program, which offers tools to help child care providers to integrate cultural learning into their curriculum.

As part of this expansion, AHSABC will develop a hard copy of the LOVIT Way tool for use in rural and remote communities, develop an online platform to provide access to a digital version of the evaluation tool and resources, and pilot the LOVIT Way resource in child care programs outside of Aboriginal Head Start sites.

For more information, visit: www.ahsabc.com/


BCcampus is receiving $250,000 to turn the Early Years Professional Development (EYPD) online portal pilot into an ongoing, sustainable resource for the child care workforce to both find professional development (pro-d) and track pro-d hours.

The EYPD Portal is an online repository that offers information about professional development opportunities throughout British Columbia. It helps ECEs find training and updates users when courses are available to take, allows them to set an online reminder for when they need to renew their ECE certificate and also to track how many pro-d hours they have completed.

For more information about the project, visit: https://bccampus.ca/

To access the EYPD Portal, visit: https://earlyyearsbc.ca

BC Family Child Care Association:

The BC Family Child Care Association (BCFCCA) is receiving $750,000 to expand its Good Beginnings training program. This program teaches basic concepts about child development from birth to age 12 years, child guidance, health and safety, nutrition and programming, and can be used toward training requirements for family child care and after-school programs.

As part of this expansion, BCFCCA will increase the number of program facilitators in B.C., increase the number of locations where the program is offered, expand the distance learning program and explore the feasibility of an online platform to increase access for rural/remote providers. The organization will also work with Indigenous organizations to update the curriculum to add culturally based Indigenous components to the training.

For more information, visit: https://bcfcca.ca/

Early Childhood Educators of BC:

The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) is receiving $1 million to expand two existing training programs, including Best Choices: The Ethical Journey, which teaches early childhood educators about professional accountability and the ethical behaviour needed when caring for children, and Let’s Talk, which provides ECEs with the tools needed to help prevent child sexual abuse and support any child who may be dealing with this.

As part of this expansion, ECEBC will increase the number of program facilitators and add more training sessions, increasing the number of locations where the program is offered, and develop and test an online platform to allow child care professionals from throughout the province to access these courses remotely. In addition, the organization will be required to improve access to these courses for Indigenous populations.

For more information, visit: www.ecebc.ca

New Relationship Trust Foundation:

The New Relationship Trust Foundation is receiving $1 million to extend its Indigenous Early Childhood Educator Bursary program and support more Indigenous ECE students in their ECE training.

For more information, visit: www.nrtf.ca/

Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre:

The Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre is receiving $1.5 million to develop leadership, administration and management training ($750,000), and peer-to-peer mentorship opportunities ($750,000).

In addition, Westcoast will receive $1.2 million to create a professional development bursary fund to support existing child care providers with the cost of professional development. This will help reduce the financial barriers for child care professionals accessing high-quality training opportunities and improve access to training for child care providers in Indigenous, rural and remote communities.

For more information, visit: www.wstcoast.org/