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This year the theme of our Summer Institute is, The Early Years: In, About, and For the Environment. The event will focus on the effects of climate change on the early years, and how we can incorporate environmental responsibility into the early years to support young children towards climate responsibility and action.

Speakers will range from advocates to researchers. We will share lessons learned from Indigenous communities and others who are trailblazers in this area, and end the institute with building partnerships and capacities.

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Day 1 - Advocating: Impact of Climate Change on the Early Years

Monday, May 30, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Day 1 will set the context for the institute. Why is climate change within the early years important? How has climate change impacted young children and how can we work across silos to address the effects on our youngest learners?


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Day 2 -  Research: In, About, and For the Environment

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 | 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join us on day 2 as we explore the research. Experts in the field will highlight the research on the impact of climate change on young children and their learning as well as demonstrate the value of nature-based learning.


Little girl figuring out puzzle

Day 3 - Lessons to Learn: From the Environment into the Early Years

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Day 3 will highlight lessons from the environment. Join us as we explore nature-based learning, and teachings from Indigenous scholars.

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Day 4  - Building Partnerships and Capacities for Change

Thursday, June 2, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The final day of the institute will help pave the way forward. How do we build partnership capacities in the fight against climate change, and how do we embed this into the early years?


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

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