10 Reasons to Choose Quality Early Learning and Child Care

Expert knowledge Early childhood educators are experts in child development and are trained to create inspiring learning environments!
Intentionality Early childhood educators provide your child the gift of time and attention. They will stop and explore the new flowers or jump in the mud puddles with your child.
Young at heart Early childhood educators know how to have fun! They’re not afraid to be silly and laugh with your child; all while nurturing your child’s creativity and helping to build their self-confidence.
Setting limits Every child needs reasonable boundaries, such as no playing ball inside. Early childhood educators set limits and support families in doing the same.
Love of literacy Early childhood educators read and tell stories, sing songs, and do puppet shows to inspire a love of language and to build early literacy skills.
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Confidence boost Early childhood educators provide safe opportunities for your child to be independent and to become confident in their personality and decision making skills.
Inspired learning Early childhood educators ask open-ended questions to inspire creative thought and curiosity, to encourage children to explore, and to make learning fun.
Life skills Early childhood educators use their expertise to develop programs that use play as a tool for teaching math, literacy, science and essential life skills that last for life!
Making friends Early childhood educators are educated to appropriately support children to gain social skills, which are so important in making friends and developing positive relationships!
Helping hand Everyone gets stumped by parenting from time to time - juggling schedules, demands, and behaviours. When it gets tough and you need someone to talk to, reach out to your child’s early childhood educator!
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Is it Mental Health or Behaviors?

Is it mental health or behaviors? This has been a long-debated question of frontline workers.

In this 2-hour workshop, we will explore the impacts on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) scores that impact the development of children. The audience will gain a foundation on the ACE study and the long-term impacts of health without intervention. As the audience gets familiar with the ACE study, Shawn leads them through the understanding of the neurological response in children who experience trauma and interventions that can be applied.  Lastly, the workshop provides evidence-based approaches which organizations can implement to be trauma-informed.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Increase understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and how this impact mental health and addictions
  2. Develop a better understanding of disruptive behaviors
  3. Increase strategies in managing disruptive behaviors
  4. Evidence-based treatments for children struggling with mental illness


Facilitator Bio: Shawn Wood (MSW, RSW, CYC-P) has worked for over a decade with children, youth, and families struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Shawn has trained in multiple treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and trauma approaches including the Connect Attachment Program, the Attachment Regulation Competency (ARC) framework, and the Collaborative Problem Solving model. He is also trained to provide readiness hormone and surgical assessments through for World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

He is a dynamic speaker and presenter in large and small groups. His presentation skills foster interactive child and youth workshops to education and training events using an adult learning model to achieve the best outcomes. Shawn has had the pleasure of traveling throughout the Atlantic Provinces to provide professional development in a variety of settings and topics.

Shawn practices in a non-judgmental way, fostering a safe and secure environment for others to explore goals and self-advocacy. Through supportive, educational interventions, Shawn works with clients to reach self-identified goals and positive outcomes.

Shawn is also turning his attention to various research opportunities and plans to begin work in the field of video gaming addiction, an area he has studied and supported others in for many years

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Please be aware that to receive a full refund of your registration fees, notice must be provided to the ECDA, via email, 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event. Beyond that, to receive a 50% refund of fees for a cancelled registration, appropriate documentation ie, doctor's certificate or such must be provided.