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QCCN: Next Steps for Implementing DPS in your Program (Webinar, Niagara only)

Interested in learning more about the DPS or want to learn how best to implement the tool? Join Priyanka Tan, Quality Child Care Niagara Coordinator and Katie-Lynn Parkinson, Quality Child Care Niagara Program Consultant as they impart practical tips for successful implementation and highlight beneficial strategies in using the screening tool to the children in your program.

Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: June 9, 2020

Free Webinar - Getting Change Management Right in 2020

Please join Colleen Fleming, President, C. Fleming & Associates Ltd. for this free webinar!
We know that people do not like change; in fact 3/4 of change initiatives fail. Learn how to better your odds as the current best practices in Change Management are reviewed.

Learning outcomes:
• Nurture Stakeholders and the Mission as a first step
• The benefits of an Enabling management style
• How to pivot and be agile in the face of external shocks
• Kotter’s famous Eight Step change process
• The basics of risk management

Colleen's passion is to support nonprofit organizations to increase their impact.  She has senior executive experience in to sectors.  Her former roles include Senior Vice-President, Nestle Canada and President of Laura Secord.  Her nonprofit experience encompasses national Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  Ms. Fleming is an active volunteer and is currently the Chair the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. She has held many past directorships across many sectors.

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: June 11, 2020

QCCN Community Conversation Café: Taking a Deeper Dive into the QCCN Developmental Resources (Webinar, Niagara only)

During the first years of life, children are mastering many skills from walking to talking to tying their shoes. Children will often develop these milestones within a certain time period and in a sequential fashion.

Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: June 12, 2020

Free Webinar - Opening Pre-Ks and Child Care Centers in the Time of the Coronavirus: Supporting children, staff, and families

Please join Barbara Kaiser, Co-author of Challenging Behavior in Young Children for this free webinar!
No one really knows when—or how—to reopen the schools or child care centres shuttered during this pandemic, but what we do know is that it will not be easy for anyone. Educators will be facing their own stress and fears; children will need extra understanding and patience to help them adjust to the new normal and families may wonder if attendance will be optional or mandatory and if they choose to keep their child at home, will they be able to keep their place? If so, will they have to pay?

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: June 17, 2020

Available Spaces: 0

Toronto Venue - Laying the Foundation to Start the Journey

Session One of our NEW Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series!

During the first session educators will have an opportunity to revisit their daily practices and consider the impact that this has on both educators and children’s behaviour.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: September 14, 2020

New Date - Toronto Venue - Emotional Schemas

Part of our Schema Play Series.
Children create understanding and knowledge of their world by interacting with the environment and the ‘things’ within it. While they are doing this, we often observe them repeating actions over and over again and see repeated patterns in their play.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: September 15, 2020

New Date - What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and How Can I Best Support Children in a Child Care Setting?

Join Kim McAlpine Service Navigator with Autism Ontario for this new presentation. In this workshop you will gain knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), strategies that can be easily implemented in a child care setting to help promote children’s success, the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP), and resources that you will be able to share with families. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet the local Service Navigator and Program Coordinator from Autism Ontario for the Niagara Region, Allyesa Stewart.

No Charge, this session has been sponsored by Autism Ontario

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Price: General Admission C$0.00

Date: September 15, 2020

Available Spaces: 0

New Date - Thunder Bay Venue - Reggio Inspired Interactive Environments

Part of our Reggio Inspired Practices Series.
Educators are invited to investigate a Reggio-inspired environment through the use of hands-on videos, photo study and materials. Educators will have an opportunity to view ‘a day in the life’ at a centre in Reggio Emilia to see the materials used throughout the program.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: September 16, 2020

New Date - Thunder Bay Venue - Treasure Baskets & Infants and Toddlers

Part of our Nurturing Brilliant Minds Series.
Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play are the ultimate in Loose Parts play for infant and toddlers and affords them open-ended opportunities to explore the world around them through their senses and exploration of everyday objects that they encounter in their daily lives.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: September 17, 2020

New Date - Thunder Bay Venue - Pathways to Explore Your Pedagogical Leadership Journey

Pedagogical Leadership Series 2 for Child Care Centre Supervisors - Day 1
An invitation to those on a journey of Pedagogical Leadership and past participants of ECCDC’s first Pedagogical Leadership series to reflect on your experiences, share your thoughts, provoke thinking and expand practice. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in conversations, share experiences and enhance opportunities that support both the pedagogical leadership team and their practices.

Price: General Admission C$85.00

Date: September 17, 2020

New Date - Garden Soils, Critters and Ecology, with Garden Jane

Session Two of the New Fostering Lifetime Gardeners and Naturalists Workshop Series
• Insects, Bees, Birds, Bats - roles they play in the garden
• Learn about the soil food web and how to help children connect to it

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$50.00)

Date: September 17, 2020

New Date - Thunder Bay Venue - Enhancing Team Dynamics Through Inspirational Leadership

Pedagogical Leadership Series 2 for Child Care Supervisors - Day 2
An invitation to those on a journey of Pedagogical Leadership and past participants of ECCDC’s first Pedagogical Leadership series to reflect on your experiences, share your thoughts, provoke thinking and expand practice. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in conversations, share experiences and enhance opportunities that support both the pedagogical leadership team and their practices.

Price: General Admission C$85.00

Date: September 18, 2020

New Date - Trauma-Informed Care - Building a Culture of Strength

Trauma is prevalent in our world and has an impact on many of the people we interact with, including our clients and colleagues. Compassionate and trauma-informed care is essential to providing effective support and building sustainable services. This workshop explores how to build a trauma-informed culture in a workplace setting that integrates knowledge throughout the organization.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$80.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$85.00)

Date: September 19, 2020

New Date - Thunder Bay Venue - Reggio Inspired Light Experience

Part of our Reggio Inspired Practices Series.
Reggio Emilia introduced the Ray of Light Atelier in 2005 based on experiences explored with children and educators. The Atelier is open for children and educators alike to explore the properties of light. Children are invited to investigate their theories on light while educators reflect on how these concepts are stimulating children’s learning.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: September 19, 2020

New Date - Thunder Bay Venue - Reggio Inspired Planning and Documentation

Part of our Reggio Inspired Practices Series.
Educators within Reggio Emilia reflect on their planning and documentation with several different lenses. The use of planning and documentation shows children and families a shared construction of meaning within the environment, a shared responsibility towards learning, offers an evaluation of both the environment and self.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: September 19, 2020

New Date - Thunder Bay Venue - Mark Making Schemas

From our Schema Play Series.
Children create understanding and knowledge of their world by interacting with the environment and the ‘things’ within it. While they are doing this, we often observe them repeating actions over and over again and see repeated patterns in their play.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: September 19, 2020

New Date - Thunder Bay Venue - Emotional Schemas

Part of our Schema Play Series.
Children create understanding and knowledge of their world by interacting with the environment and the ‘things’ within it. While they are doing this, we often observe them repeating actions over and over again and see repeated patterns in their play.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: September 19, 2020

New Date - Simple Strategies for Stressed Educators

Join Patrice Palmer, teacher, trainer and writer for this workshop based on her book: The  teacher Self Care Manual.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$50.00)

Date: September 22, 2020

Human Resources Update

A NEW session as part of our Better Business Practices Series

Employers including child care organizations are required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to review their workplace violence and harassment programs with employees annually. Traditional methods of reviewing the policies and programs are often ineffective when it comes to delivering the right message when dealing with bullying,  harassment or inappropriate behaviours that are just under the radar.  Your employees need to know more than just the legal definitions of bullying and harassment, they need to understand how it is their joint responsibility to eliminate these behaviours from your workplace.

This interactive and informative session will use quizzes and case studies to help participants learn:
• How to create a stronger corporate culture and change the power dynamics of your team
• Empower your team with the skills to prevent bullying and harassment within your workplace
• Create a meaningful policy that ensures that staff know what to do if they are being harassed
• Develop a corporate culture that encourages bystanders to act when they observe bullying and/or harassing behaviours
• And other preventative measures

Registration fee includes continental breakfast and a networking lunch

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Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$75.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$80.00)

Date: September 24, 2020

Exploring Physical Literacy Through a Mindful Lens

A new addition to our Workplace Wellness Series

Exploring Physical Literacy Through a Mindful Lens breaks down the fundamental movement skills through yoga and mindfulness-based activities that strengthen a child’s sense of body confidence, spatial awareness and self-regulatory skills. This workshop is intended for early childhood professionals who work with children ages toddler to kindergarten, and incorporates songs, stories, and activities that put the FUN in fundamental movement!

Registration fee includes all materials and nutrition break

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Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$50.00)

Date: September 29, 2020

Executive Directors Network

Executive Directors are invited to attend this network to connect about issues and opportunities to share strategies, suggestions and best practices with their colleagues.

Price: General Admission C$0.00

Date: October 1, 2020

Self-Care Strategies for Leaders: How a Practice of Self-Care Can Enhance a Leader’s Performance and Impact Their Team

A NEW session as part of our Leadership Series

It is well known that leaders face constant demands every day; from budget issues to human resource issues, the list never ends. These demands create a huge amount of stress. In order for their teams to be successful, leaders must develop and integrate strategies of self-care. Leaders must lead by example. In this workshop, we will focus on the whole concept of self-care and leadership: how a practice of self-care can enhance a leader’s performance and impact on their team. We will explore: The dangers of stress and the importance of self-care for leaders; Traits of leaders with a self-care practice; Introduction to mindfulness;  The importance of focusing versus multi-tasking Mindful leadership and its connection to well being of individuals and performance of teams; Uncovering values and beliefs vs demands and commitments; Blending work and personal life Strategies for self-care. Through discussion and experiential activities, the participants will explore ways to integrate more self-care practices in their daily routine and will leave with a personalized plan.

Registration fee included all training materials and nutrition break

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Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$75.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$80.00)

Date: October 1, 2020

New Date - Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership Institute: Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality, with Susan MacDonald

Friday October 1 2020:
Evening Reception; 6:30 pm Registration
Dinner, and Keynote - The Upward Spiral: Key Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality; 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Saturday October 2 2020:
Full Day Workshop - Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership: Strategies to Ignite Passion and Possibility; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$180.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$190.00)

Date: October 2, 2020

New Date - Garden Planning, Programming and Play, with Garden Jane

Session Three of the New Fostering Lifetime Gardeners and Naturalists Workshop Series

Join us in a hands-on design workshop, where you can learn about and plan for including young children in food garden design and growing food.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$50.00)

Date: October 8, 2020

New Date - Toronto Venue - Tinkering with Metal

Part of our NEW Tinkering Series!
Have you been hearing about ‘Tinkering’, ‘Tinker Labs’, ‘Tinker schools’ and so on, and wondered what all this Tinkering is about? Well if so, this three-part ‘Tinkering Series’ is for you.

Price: General Admission C$70.00

Date: October 13, 2020

Toronto Venue- Blocks and Construction Play

In our classrooms we ensure that children have a large, open area filled with different  blocks, small world items and props that link to children’s interests, experiences and developmental skill sets.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: October 15, 2020

Self-Intelligence – Supporting Children’s Self Esteem Building in the Early Years

A NEW session as part of our Workplace Wellness Series

In the early years, what matters most to the development of a child’s sense of self is whether or not the adults in their life embody a sense of their own selves. Lucky for us, Self-Intelligence has the capacity to develop over an entire lifespan, and we can support the development of our children’s self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-regulation skills as we nurture our own. Throughout the workshop, participants will explore three facets of mental wellness (emotional awareness, growth mindset and physical literacy) through mindfulness practices that can be adapted in engaging and meaningful ways for children in their early years.

Registration fee included all training materials and nutrition break

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Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$50.00)

Date: October 27, 2020

New Date - Wellness Symposium - Afternoon Keynote with Nora Spinks, for Administrators

ECCDC’s First Interactive Wellness Symposium - Inspiring Health, Well-being and Happiness in the Early Years!

This one-of-a kind symposium will offer unique opportunities for early years educators and administrators to engage in experiences to support their own well-being and gain strategies to foster health, well-being and happiness practices with children and families.

Price: Free Admission C$0.00

Date: October 28, 2020

New Date - Wellness Symposium - Evening Marketplace & Interactive Session with Nora Spinks

ECCDC’s First Interactive Wellness Symposium - Inspiring Health, Well-being and Happiness in the Early Years!

This one-of-a kind symposium will offer unique opportunities for early years educators and administrators to engage in experiences to support their own well-being and gain strategies to foster health, well-being and happiness practices with children and families.

Price: Free Admission C$0.00

Date: October 28, 2020

New Date - STEAM in Outdoor Environments

Part of our NEW STEAM Series!
Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry though to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$50.00)

Date: November 2, 2020

New Date - Toronto Venue - Mark Making Schemas

Part of our Schema Play Series.
Children create understanding and knowledge of their world by interacting with the environment and the ‘things’ within it. While they are doing this, we often observe them repeating actions over and over again and see repeated patterns in their play.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: November 3, 2020

Toronto Venue - Reflecting on Inclusive Practices

Session Two of our NEW Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series!

In the second session educators will consider how utilizing an inclusive approach supports children’s behaviour.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: November 4, 2020

Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience

Helpers regularly encounter stories and symptoms of trauma in their roles. There is growing evidence that the impact of directly supporting others through experiences of trauma goes beyond burnout or fatigue.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$60.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$65.00)

Date: November 5, 2020

Toronto Venue - Imaginative and Dramatic Play

Session Two of our NEW Unpacking Children's Play series

Have you ever watched a child pick up an object and pretend it is a zooming car or put on a cape and become someone else? In imaginative and dramatic play children are using objects to represent something else while giving it an action or motion.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: November 5, 2020

Ottawa - STEAM Rich Environments

Session 1 of the NEW -  STEAM Series

If you are one of those educators who is struggling with providing STEAM experiences in your practice or you are looking to enhance the everyday Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and design, and Mathematics experiences available in your early learning and child care centre, then this three-part STEAM series is for you!

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 11, 2020

New Date - Respect in the Workplace

Part of our Better Business Practices Series.
Employers including child care organizations are required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to review their workplace violence and harassment programs with employees annually. Traditional methods of reviewing the policies and programs are often ineffective when it comes to delivering the right message when dealing with bullying, harassment or inappropriate behaviours that are just under the radar.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$75.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$80.00)

Date: November 12, 2020

Ottawa - Laying the Foundation to Start the Journey

Session 1 of the NEW  - Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series

A new three-part series offering opportunities for educators to explore the concept of utilizing inclusive practices to support children through the ever-changing pathway of behaviour. Educators are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as the series has been created to build upon each session.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 12, 2020

Ottawa - Learning Conversation: Engaging Families in the Early Years in Authentic Ways

This session offers invitations for learning and opportunities to discuss the authentic ways that we may engage families. If you are looking to develop deep, meaningful relationships with families, want to ensure they feel included as a partner within your program, or perhaps you are looking for ways to incorporate families’ voices in your planning to help them feel a sense of belonging, this workshop is for you.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 13, 2020

Ottawa - Empowering Parents as Partners in Their Children’s Play for EarlyON Teams

The teams of EarlyON Centres have the wonderful privilege of not only working with the children in their programs but also in partnering with families along the journey as their children grow and learn.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 13, 2020

New Date - Kids Have Stress Too!®

An interactive training workshop from The Psychology Foundation of Canada for professionals who work with families and children in early learning and care environments.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educator (C$174.00)
  • Out of Niagara Educator (C$179.00)

Date: November 14, 2020

Ottawa - Where to Begin: The Technical Basics

Session 1 of the NEW  - Integrating Technology to Enhance Daily Practice with Children and Families Series

In the age of technology, it is helpful to take time to consider how we can integrate technology into our daily practice to enhance the experiences of the children and families we work with. Technology can sometimes be intimidating when you don’t have a knowledge base. This new series will be building upon those technical basics to enhance our understanding of building and coding with technology as well as how we can use that knowledge to support and increase family engagement.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 14, 2020

Ottawa - Block and Construction Play

Session 1 of the NEW  -  Unpacking Children’s Play Series

Ever wonder why children play the way they do? In children’s play they have opportunities to explore, engage and experiment with their ideas and beliefs of the world around them. Many of our programs have shifted to play based learning offerings to the children we work with to expand their learning.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 14, 2020

Sudbury Venue - Reggio Inspired Interactive Environments

Part of our Reggio Inspired Practices Series.
Educators are invited to investigate a Reggio-inspired environment through the use of hands-on videos, photo study and materials. Educators will have an opportunity to view ‘a day in the life’ at a centre in Reggio Emilia to see the materials used throughout the program.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 18, 2020

Sudbury Venue - Treasure Baskets & Infants and Toddlers

Part of our Nurturing Brilliant Minds Series.
Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play are the ultimate in Loose Parts play for infant and toddlers and affords them open-ended opportunities to explore the world around them through their senses and exploration of everyday objects that they encounter in their daily lives.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 18, 2020

Sudbury Venue - Lost Art of Music and Movement in Early Childhood

Children in today’s society are living more sedentary lives and their opportunities to engage in open music and movement activities are lessening. Come and join in to bring back the lost art of music and movement to the classroom.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 19, 2020

Sudbury Venue - Sharing Sensitive News with Parents

Professionals who work with young children often say that one of the hardest parts of their job is sharing sensitive information with parents about their child’s development.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 19, 2020

Sudbury Venue - Fostering Effective Communication with Colleagues & Community Partners

Part of the Implementing How Does Learning Happen? in Innovative Ways: Professional Learning Conversations series
At the foundation of How Does Learning Happen? is the notion that strong, respectful, and reciprocal relationships with our colleagues and community partners is of the greatest value to children’s learning, development, and health and well-being. Are you looking to converse with your colleagues regarding innovative strategies for embedding How Does Learning Happen? within your curriculum in ways that foster open, positive, mutually beneficial communication strategies with your colleagues and community partners?

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 20, 2020

Sudbury Venue - Supporting Students and Volunteers Through the Lens of How Does Learning Happen?

Part of the Implementing How Does Learning Happen? in Innovative Ways: Professional Learning Conversations series

The four foundations of How Does Learning Happen? outline the importance of children, educators, and families feeling a sense of belonging and well-being as well as having an opportunity to express themselves and engage in meaningful relationships. This workshop session offers insight on the importance of building strong relationships with students and volunteers through partnership, connections and respectful dispositions. If you are looking to create an inviting and collaborative environment which encourages lifelong learning, this session is for you.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 20, 2020

Sudbury Venue - Reggio Inspired Light Experience

Part of our Reggio Inspired Practices Series.
Reggio Emilia introduced the Ray of Light Atelier in 2005 based on experiences explored with children and educators. The Atelier is open for children and educators alike to explore the properties of light. Children are invited to investigate their theories on light while educators reflect on how these concepts are stimulating children’s learning.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 21, 2020

Sudbury Venue - Reggio Inspired Planning and Documentation

Part of our Reggio Inspired Practices Series.
Educators within Reggio Emilia reflect on their planning and documentation with several different lenses. The use of planning and documentation shows children and families a shared construction of meaning within the environment, a shared responsibility towards learning, offers an evaluation of both the environment and self.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: November 21, 2020

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