British Columbia’s early childhood educators (ECEs) will now benefit from an expanded professional development program geared to exploring the latest child care teaching philosophies, curriculums and techniques.
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Run by the Early Childhood Pedagogy Network (ECPN), a $2-million investment allows 32 teaching specialists – known as pedagogists – to be hired around the province. This improves access to professional development for ECEs and boosts the quality of child care for children and families.
Each pedagogist will work with up to 45 ECEs in their area through community hubs at eight post-secondary institutions, 10 child care referral centres and seven Indigenous communities, in partnership with the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society.
The program is a partnership between the Province and researchers at Capilano University and Western University in Ontario. It puts B.C. on the map as one of only two provinces in Canada offering this kind of support to ECEs.
“A commitment to quality care is at the heart of our Childcare BC plan. By bringing together ECEs to share their experiences and learn from others, we can boost the quality of child care for families throughout B.C.,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “Our government is committed to helping our early care and learning professionals succeed. Programs, such as this one, are making a career as an ECE more desirable and sustainable, and bring change to a sector that has been ignored for too long.”
The program expands professional learning opportunities from one-time training opportunities, such as workshops, to continuous learning, where professional development is done daily and in the context of individual child care programs.
“As a former ECE, I know that my learning didn’t stop when I graduated. Every day, I was adapting and refining my techniques to provide better care for the families I served,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development.