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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This event has been approved by the Early Learning and Child Care Board for 5.00 professional development training hours.

Payment Policy:

The ECDA's payment policy for all Professional Development is that fees must be paid prior to attending*. The final date to make your payment is one week prior to the start date of the event, unless otherwise communicated (i.e. council or board run centres for cheque approval/signature, would be the exceptions). If payment is not received, before the event payment deadline, you will not be permitted to attend.

In the past, exceptions have been made by the ECDA, but with our growing membership, it has become increasingly difficult to manage. We thank you for your understanding and your commitment to your ongoing Professional Development. The ECDA.

*If you are mailing a cheque, please be aware you should allow a few days ahead of the deadline for it to be received by the ECDA office.

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The Early Childhood Development Association (ECDA) reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by the ECDA, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. The ECDA may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by the ECDA. Any person desiring not to have their photo taken or distributed must contact the ECDA in writing requesting that his/her image not be distributed.

Refund Policy:

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.
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2022 ECDA Spring Conference-- The Power of the Pause

The ECDA Team and Board are proud to present this year’s Spring Conference—The Power of the Pause. Covid-19 has caused the last two years to be a tough ride for both children and adults through Canada and around the world. ECEs have remained resilient, showing the importance of being there for children, families and co-workers. With our specialized bank of knowledge and expertise in the first five years of a child’s life, we understand that these years are crucial for brain development and the reality is that this doesn’t stop because we are in a pandemic. Join with us as we learn from some of the leading experts in the field of child development.

Make the most of every moment we have with children! Everyone’s role, big or small, can be something a child carries with them throughout their lives and their development. Whether you are a Director, ECE, Support Staff, Cook, Student, or any role in between, we are all a vital part of the child’s experience. We feel confident that the messages being shared at this year’s Spring Conference will reignite your passion for your work in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education, and keep you going as we continue to make the most out of every moment we have with children.

This conference highlights the importance of pausing and being in the moment with the children. We invite you to come along with us as we begin to embark on a new journey moving forward, we want to really look at our “why’s”, and how to continue to make moments count in the early years, as we move from a pandemic to an endemic. We thank you in advance for attending the 2022 ECDA Spring Conference! The knowledge you gain enriches the futures of the families and children in your care! We are so grateful to have you all join us as we learn from experts around the globe! 

All sessions will have simultaneous translation in French. Toutes les sessions auront une traduction simultanée en français.

*Registration closes on April 29th. All payments due on or before April 29th.

9:00 – 10:45 AM: Opening Remarks, followed by Heather Shumaker: Why it’s OK (and Even Good) for Kids Not to Share
10:45 - 11:00 AM: Break
11:00 – 12:30 PM: Pasi Sahlberg: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?
12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch Break
1:30 – 3:00 PM: Dr. Vanessa LaPointe: Making Moments Count
3:00 – 3:30 PM: Closing Remarks with ECDA and Department of Education and Lifelong Learning


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