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The 16th Annual Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development

Accounting for Quality in the Early Childhood Workforce

June 17, 2019
George Brown College, Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Drive, Toronto, ON


A. Autism Spectrum Disorder and resources to support families and educators

This session highlights changes to the Ontario Autism Program and provides links for educators to access timely information for families that have a child on the autism spectrum.

RHIANNON WOOD, RECE BFA, George Brown College

B. Educator Mental Health & Quality of Care

Educators are finding it difficult to shape a professional identity that encompasses the complexities of their role and are often left feeling stressed and anxious.. The Importance of Early Childhood Educator Wellness and Mental Well-Being is a resource guide for educators asking the hard questions about the root causes of our anxieties and the next steps in improving the quality of care for ourselves and in in our classrooms.

Early Childhood Education, Western University

C. The Call for Decent Work

The Association of Early Childhood Educators, Ontario assists educators to be effective champions for themselves and the children they serve. This poster sessions acquaints educators with the wide range of resources the Association provides and   the opportunities educators have to engage.

RACHEL LAFFERTY, RECE, Executive Coordinator, Association of Early Childhood Educators, Ontario

D. Promoting healthy eating and regular physical activity in early learning and child care

In Canada, disordered eating habits and low physical activity have a significant impact
on children’s health and development. Fortunately, research has shown that Early Childhood Educators can shape children’s eating behaviour and physical activity. This poster will provide practical examples for ECEs to promote healthy eating and physical activity with the children in their care.

DR. KELLY ANDRUSHKO, Instructor, Early Childhood Education Program, Red River College

E. Using Virtual Reality to support learning in remote geographic locations

In 2018 Affiliated Services for Children and Youth (ASCY) partnered with Brock University Researchers and SSHRC to explore ways of using technology to support early childhood educators in remote locales in Northern Ontario to accessing continuous professional learning. 

Preliminary results suggest shifts in pedagogical practices resulted from participating in the project through increased access to resources and professional connections.

NANCY BAVERSTOCK, RECE, Program Lead-Quality
CHRISSY DIBUSSOLO, RECE, Professional Learning Consultant
Affiliated Services for Children and Youth

F. Our changing world demands resiliency, critical thought and adaptability. Learners need foundational skills such as innovation and creativity to develop competencies as modern learners. Exploring creativity, student voice and choice empowers our modern learner to achieve personal excellence. Nurturing authentic relationships allows students, parents and educators to engage as active participants in the learning process.

DR. ELLA KARIA, Post-Doctoral Fellow, OISE, University of Toronto

G. And More...

Graduating students from the Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership programs at Fanshawe College, George Brown College, and Sheridan College will be presenting posters of their capstone research projects on current issues in the field of early childhood. 

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

GBC          OISE


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