In Spring 2022, through the support of the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara, “treasure baskets” were provided to child care programs in Niagara to provide sensory-rich play experiences for pre-verbal children and support the development of play schemas.

Roots of Empathy's International Speaker Series, based in Ontario, brings together policy-makers, academics, social service providers, educational practitioners and community citizens. Goals are to mobilize new knowledge around relevant themes and create space for enhancing connections between researchers and research users and beneficiaries. Each evening includes a keynote presentation followed by a question and answer session with the audience to round out the discussion, incorporating perspectives from those in attendance.

Understanding Children's Behaviour Through the Lens of Temperament Video Series, with Founder and President Mary Gordon Mary Gordon on How Being Home Together is an Opportunity; Roots of Empathy website Reducing children's fears in the face of COVID-19 Video, Mary Gordon, Founder/President, Roots of Empathy Roots of Empathy 2019 Annual Program Evaluation Report – Ontario Mary Gordon Receives the Governor General's Innovation Award; News Release, May 14 2018 Roots of Empathy on BBC's World Hacks Program: The Babies Teaching Kindness in Class; Video, Podcast, and Radio; January 2018 Media Release: Roots of Empathy selected as one of HundrED's 100 Global Education Innovations; October 4 2017

Niagara's youngest "teachers" celebrated! They're just marking their first birthdays, but a group of babies were celebrated June 1st 2016 for their contribution to teaching over the school year.

A Celebration of Babies in Niagara Through the Internationally Acclaimed Roots of Empathy Program

On Friday June 15 2018, the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC), Niagara's Roots of Empathy Coordinating agency, hosted the Annual Baby Celebration alongside partners from the Niagara Catholic District School Board at their office, 427 Rice Road, Welland. The celebration was well-attended with 102 present celebrating Niagara's youngest Teachers, including 30 babies, the Roots of Empathy instructors, and dedicated families who participated in the program.

On Friday May 31 2019, the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC), Niagara's Roots of Empathy Coordinating agency, hosted the Annual Baby Celebration alongside partners from EarlyON Centres, Niagara Catholic District School Board, Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir, and District School Board of Niagara at their office, 191 Carlton St., St. Catharines.

In 2017-18, the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara donated a set of Community Playthings - Outlast Blocks to 26 Early Learning and Child Care programs in Niagara. Outlast Blocks are specially designed to encourage creative play and child-directed discovery.
To learn more, visit the project's page on the Young Children Priority First website.

This project linked seniors residences to child care and family support programs so that seniors could share their knowledge, skills and experiences with the younger generation.

The ECCDC and Niagara Region Children's Services joined forces to pilot the use of iPads with educational apps that enhance speech, language and emergent literacy within 30 Niagara child care programs.

Tools for observing and documenting children's play were piloted within 22 early learning and child care programs across Niagara.

In partnership with the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara,, Niagara's licensed child care programs were offered science and technology based resources and training developed in alignment with Ontario's Early Learning Framework: Early Learning for Every Child Today.
Visit the Young Children Priority First website for more information on this and other collaborations of Kiwanis and the ECCDC.

The ECCDC was delighted to partner with Literacy Link Niagara on this initiative that brought literature and a toolkit of curriculum planning ideas and training to Niagara's licensed child care programs and a family literacy kit to families across Niagara, all tied to the War of 1812 Bicentennial celebrations.

Mentoring Pairs for Child Care was a province-wide program that enhanced child care quality by matching more experienced licensed child care centre supervisors with less experienced ones in their own communities. Visit the Mentoring Pairs for Child Care website for more information.

A national initiative enabling communities to better understand the needs of their young children and families to determine best programs and services for them.

The ECCDC is dedicated to seeking partnerships with community agencies for collaboration on early learning projects that support the experiences of professionals and help programs deliver high quality education and care to young children.

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