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The 12th Annual Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development

Wellness in an Integrated Workforce

Wellness-ShannonLoomer, ThinkbankJune 5, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor Street West, Main Floor, Toronto, Ontario
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** presentations are posted below throughout the agenda


About the Institute

Children and families face many stressors and need knowledgeable and skilled early childhood professionals offering support. Meanwhile the sector itself faces challenges as it adapts to a shifting landscape and expectations to work in a more integrated way with families and their children. These realities serve as an impetus to identify and examine both the policies and practices that contribute to the well-being of staff, families and children.

The 12th Annual Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development will focus on strategies to support workforce well-being through cross-sector collaborations.


Agenda

8:45 a.m. Registration & Refreshments

9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Jennifer Jenkins, Atkinson Chair of Early Childhood Development and Education

9:45 a.m. Panel Conversation: What contributes to well-being in my workplace?
Caitlin Patterson, Frankland Public School
Nancy Searl, Holland Bloorview Rehabilitation Hospital
Safra Najeemudeen, 360 Kids Family Resource Centre
Tasha Palmer, Jean Tweed Child Development Centre

Moderator: Zeenat Janmohamed, George Brown College

Early childhood professionals in the front line of child and family services share their employer policies and personal strategies for creating well-being in the workplace.

10:15 a.m. Participant Discussion

10:30 a.m. Break

  • Poster Session
  • Speakers Corner

11:15 a.m. Morning Workshops

Wellbeing: A review of the literature
Daniel Poliszczuk, PhD Candidate, Developmental Psychology and Education, OISE/UT

Exploring the many elements of children's well-being and the relational and systemic factors that impact healthy child development.

City of Toronto: Shared Outcome Project
Brendon Goodmurphy, Policy Development Officer, Toronto Children's Services

Defining child and family well-being in Toronto. This workshop will cover the shared outcomes project, which identifies 5 child outcomes and 5 family outcomes developed through a community engagement process. As the project moves through the data collection phase, learn more about how shared outcomes can help the child and family sector work collectively to improve well-being.

Professional Education for Early Childhood Educators
Jane Bertrand, Adjunct Faculty, OISE/UT, and Program Director, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation

A review of recent studies that examine effective pedagogy and organization of post-secondary early childhood programs.

Wellbeing in the Workforce: Policy Implications
Romona Gananathan, PhD, OISE/UT

This workshop explores the legal and policy implications for early childhood professionals in FDK including the impact of law and policy on the wages, working conditions and professional status of RECEs in FDK.

Infant Mental Health: Empowering Professionals
Chaya Kulkarni, Director, Infant Mental Health Promotion, Hospital for Sick Children

The Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto is a community based coalition of individuals and professional agencies dedicated to promoting optimal mental health outcomes for infants in the first three years of life. This presentation will share some of the evaluation data findings and lessons learned in the development and delivery of a wide spread initiative to engage and empower professionals and encourage collaboration in their work with infants & toddlers.

12:15 p.m. Lunch & Wellness Break

1:15 p.m. Afternoon Workshops

Benefits of a Mindfulness-Based Program
Melanie Viglas, PhD, OISE/UT

The use of mindfulness-based programs to address overall wellbeing is increasing rapidly. This research investigated the impact of a 6 week mindfulness-based program on young children’s self-regulation, prosocial behavior and hyperactivity in four full-day kindergarten classrooms.

In Search of an Effective Method of Assessing First Nations Children’s Speech and Language Development
Ann Anderson, Speech/Language Program Coordinator, Rainy River District School Board

This study investigated whether the current standardized speech and language assessment tools appropriately and accurately measure the speech and language development of First Nations children in the Rainy River District. The research sample consisted of 429 early learning students from the Rainy River District School Board and The Fluharty Preschool Speech and Language Screening Test was the assessment tool utilized.

City of Toronto: Local Planning Strategy
Joey Reeder, Toronto Urban Fellow, Toronto Children’s Services
David Lee, Consultant, Toronto Children’s Services

How we use our definition of well-being to influence local planning for child and family services in Toronto. This workshop will update on the development of a local planning strategy for Toronto, which builds off the results of a February community symposium held by the Toronto Child and Family Network. Join us to learn about how better local planning can impact well-being by improving both access for families and the capacity of professionals in the field.

Collaborative Practice
Isabel Zatti, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Nursery Schools Play and Learn Site
Silvia Souto, Resource Consultant, Community Outreach Service,
Early Learning and Development Team, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation
Nancy Searl, Collaborative Practice Leader, Early Learning and Development Leader

With over a century of dedication to improving the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families, Holland Bloorview’s Collaborative Practice Service supports professionals and inter-professional practice with structures and processes that build engaged, resilient practitioners primed to elevate and transform care in a culture of innovation, inquiry and compassion.

Wellbeing in the Workforce
Tasha Palmer, Lead RECE, Jean Tweed Child Development Centre
Meredith Maw, Supervisor, Jean Tweed Child Development Centre
Safra Najeemudeen, 360 Kids Family Resource Centre

Early Childhood Educators work in a range of community programs designed to promote the well-being of children and families. Both the Jean Tweed Centre and Thorncliffe Park Neighborhood Office invest in staff to build their capacity to be effective in these dynamic transformation environments.

2:15 p.m. Ministry of Early Years Division Update
Shannon Fuller, Ministry Early Years Division, Director, Business Planning, Outcomes and Assessment Branch

The Ministry will provide an overview of the Child Care Modernization Act, 2014(CCEYA), the work to support proclamation of Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and highlight key aspects of the proposed regulations under the CCEYA.

2:35 p.m. The Pascal Report, 6 years later: A boom, bust or echo?
Charles Pascal, Professor, OISE/UT
Kerry McCuaig, Fellow in Early Childhood Policy, Atkinson Centre, OISE/UT

Report author Charles Pascal in conversation with the Atkinson Centre policy fellow, Kerry McCuaig. The Pascal plan for reforming early education and children’s services promised a revolution in education when it was released in 2009. Has it delivered and how?

3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
Patricia Chorney Rubin, Director, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College

3:30 p.m. ECE Award followed by a Reception
Patricia Chorney Rubin, Director, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College

Join us in recognizing the contribution of Jamie Kass to the professional status of Early Childhood Educators. Jamie is the National Child Care Coordinator for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. She has an academic background in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. Jamie is a union activist, a feminist; and a tireless advocate in support of a national child care system.

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(Jamie Kass, ECE Award Recipient)

 


A special THANK YOU to Shannon Loomer from VisualTalks! for her incredible art during the event!

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This event is presented by George Brown College, School of Early Childhood, and the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

 

Thank you to the many organizers, volunteers, sponsors, speakers, and participants for making this another successful event!


A few pictures from the event....

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(Jennifer Jenkins, Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development)


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(left to right: Jennifer Jenkins, Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development, University of Toronto, OISE; Patrica Chorney Rubin, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College; Jamie Kass, Canadian Union of Postal Workers (and ECE Award Recipient); Bernice Cipparone McLeod, Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development, University of Toronto, OISE; Emis Akbari, Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development, University of Toronto, OISE)

Fuller
(Shannon Fuller, Ministry Early Years Division, Director, Business Planning, Outcomes and Assessment Branch)

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(left to right: Patrica Chorney Rubin, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College; Jamie Kass, Canadian Union of Postal Workers (and ECE Award Recipient); Jane Bertrand, Adjunct Faculty, OISE, and Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation; Charles Pascal, University of Toronto, OISE)

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