Back in 2007, I began providing consulting services to Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers for the development of a workplace child care program at their global headquarters location in Burnaby, British Columbia. Fast forward 7 years and it is with delight that I shared this picture on Facebook this week. The RBA Child Care Program is a great success and serves a significant number of employees and their children.
As part of the East Kootenay Child Care Needs Assessment, we are pleased to move forward with the online survey component of this project!
Access to Online Child Care Survey
Dates Survey Will Be Available
The survey will be open to collect responses from November 3 – 21, 2014.
Who Can Participate?
A wide range of individuals can provide feedback to the East Kootenay Child Care Needs Assessment project.
– Interested Community Members Without Children
– Business Owners or Professionals
– Owners, Operators or Board Members of Child Care Programs
– Early Childhood Educators
– Municipal Council Members, Municipal Employees or First Nations Representatives
– Interested Individuals Who Reside Outside of the Region
No Access to The Internet?
Please share this link with as many individuals as possible who may have an interest with child care issues in the East Kootenay region of BC. If someone does not have access to the internet from their home, we encourage them to:
– visit their local library where they should be able to access a computer and internet for no cost (provided they have a library card). Please see this link for information on local library locations http://klf.bclibrary.ca/KLF-libraries
– contact Street Angels at 250-420-2756 to arrange for internet access in order to complete the survey.
What Happens With the Information Collected?
Once the responses have been compiled we will be incorporating the results into a written report that will be prepared in late 2014.
Thank you to Project Funders & Supporters
The East Kootenay Child Care Needs Assessment Task Force wishes to thank the Columbia Basin Trust, Success By Six, ChildrenFirst, the East Kootenay Child Care Resource and Referral and 45 Conversations for their funding/in-kind contributions toward this project. We would also like to thank members of the East Kootenay Child Care Needs Assessment Advisory Committee for their ongoing feedback and support toward the success of this project.
Further Information or Questions?
For further information or if you have any questions on this initiative please contact:
Sponsor Agency –
Children First Manager
East Kootenay Region
Project Consultant –
Consultant & Early Childhood Educator
45 Conversations Media & Education
As part of the East Kootenay Conversations on Child Care, I had a live video conversation with Beth Carter about child care issues in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. Beth is the Regional Coordinator with with the East Kootenay Supported Child Development Program (EKSCD); which is based in Cranbrook. The program serves the whole of the East Kootenay region.
About Beth Carter
Beth has been with EKSCD in the regional coordinator role since 1995; Manager at Kids Korner Children’s Centre from 1988 to 1996; ECE Diploma and Provincial Instructor Diploma; past auxiliary Instructor at College of the Rockies; PATH facilitator; presenter, organizer and collaborator for numerous workshops/conferences.
Highlights of Our Conversation
East Kootenay Supported Child Development serves approximately 95 children in about 34 different child care programs throughout the region.
There are many issues in the region related to urban-rural challenges, transportation issues etc.
This program provides resources and extra staffing for children who require additional support in a licensed child care program.
Beth described the process that is involved for children, families and child care programs to access additional support.
It can be challenging to find people who have their Special Needs certification to work with children and families.
East Kootenay child care programs face a large number of challenges – especially large turnovers of staff . This presents many issues when trying to work in partnership with child care programs.
Many experienced individuals have moved out of working in the front line of child care. This impacts the quality of programs.
Changes in delivery methods of ECE training programs seems to be impacting the quality of graduating ECE students.
There are various ways that the East Kootenay Supported Child Development program works with families.
Consistency between child care and home matters when supporting young children with extra needs.
Communication and collaboration is very important.
What Am I Learning?
As part of the East Kootenay Conversations On Child Care, I chatted with Sharon Cross who is a City Councillor with the City of Cranbrook. Sharon has been an active volunteer since 1975 in many aspects of the community as well as in the broader East Kootenay region and internationally. She wants to improve the livability of Cranbrook on many fronts.
Highlights from this Conversation with Sharon Cross
Licensed child care spaces that are being lost in the region.
The chronic shortage of early childhood educators in the East Kootenay Region.
How child care contributes to economic development within the region.
Various initiatives and programs in BC that support child care and why they are not totally working to solve the child care challenges in the East Kootenay region.
The challenges that families and employers are facing.
If you would like to chat further with Sharon Cross regarding child care issues in the East Kootenay region can reach her via telephone at 250-489-4412.
Recently I had a live conversation with Charlene Stropky about child care issues in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. Charlene is an Infant Development Consultant with the Infant Development Program in Cranbrook.
About Charlene Stropky
Charlene works with families who have children ages birth to three years with developmental concerns or developmental disabilities in their homes. She helps families as their children begin to transition into child care programs in the community.
Highlights of Our Conversation
About the East Kootenay Infant Development Program.
Finding licensed child care options for children with developmental concerns or developmental disabilities can be very challenging.
Community based programs for young children often don’t properly support children with extra needs. Many program facilitators have very limited experience working with children with developmental concerns.
It can be frustrating to bring community stakeholders up to date on the history of the challenges that the early childhood education and child care field has faced. History provides context and creates understanding.
There is a shortage of certified ECE’s to work in programs in the East Kootenay region.
Concerns about changes to the quality of ECE training programs.
Compensation issues for early childhood educators who work in the field.
Why it matters to invest in the early years.
Ways to bring child care and early childhood development together.
If you would like to contact Charlene Stropky you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I met David Cameron through the misfit community – which is carefully handcrafted by the amazing AJ & Melissa Leon and their awesome team of misfits. I was delighted when he mentioned that he would love to be part of the Conversations On Early Childhood Education & Child Care.
David and I chatted about a huge range of topics in our time together. I simply loved hearing his stories about growing up and how his own experiences have influenced his life as a parent today. David is the adoptive father of two beautiful young children. He feels strongly about the importance of children in society. During our discussion he shared many thoughts as well as several frustrations about the way early childhood education and early childhood educators are valued in Canada.
Thoughts About Early Childhood Education & Child Care from David Cameron
We should reasonably expect that the people who work with our kids should want to be doing that job and should be valued for what it is they do and the importance of that.
It’s important to do what we can do and it has to start early. And we need to be involved. We need to do something, you need to be part of it…. – if that means visiting that early childhood place where your own kids are going or it simply means put away your iPhone.
Highlights from the Conversation with David Cameron
- David Cameron Tells His Story – 1:29
- MisfitCon – 5:20
- Encourage Children to Dream – 9:32
- Being Present & The Struggle With Technology – 11:31
- Valuing Early Childhood Educators & The Role of Parents – 18:35
- Why It’s Important to Invest In The Early Years – 24:16
About David Cameron
David is a Stress Reduction Specialist via Portfolio Management who escaped Northern Ontario boy. He’s now living on an island in the pacific ocean where it rarely snows. David is an adoptee and adoptive parent of young kids in a multi racial family. He’s a big believer that common sense is not so common.
Life Can Be Amazing
Life can be pretty amazing sometimes. In fact, very amazing. That’s exactly how I’m feeling this morning as I write this post to announce that Sandra Griffin, MA has joined the #45Conversations Global Advisory Team! You see this is one of those moments in life when I’m reminded that everything we do contributes to the body of work we are each creating. (Thank you Pamela Slim.) Connections we make, relationships we build, conversations we have – they all matter. We carry them forward with us. They become part of our story.
Sandra Griffin Has Always Stood Out To Me
Shortly after I entered the field of early childhood education, Sandra became the President of the Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC). In the early days of my work in the field, she stood out to me as a role model and mentor who had a unique and open perspective when it came to creating opportunities and nurturing possibilities to benefit Canadian children, families and early childhood educators. Over the years, our paths crossed in various ways related to different projects and initiatives. Sometimes we connected a lot, other times only a little. Regardless of how we connected, Sandra always made me think about things in new and interesting ways. She just seemed to help me open my eyes a little wider and see things from another perspective.
And so fast forward to 2014. Through the power of social networking, Sandra and I have once again managed to have our paths cross again. However this time it’s a little different; you see Sandra recently retired from serving as the Chief of Staff with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. As such, she has been travelling extensively throughout Canada & the United States. For quite some time I have been watching her adventures unfold online through a series of pictures and stories that she has shared with friends. It has been both moving and inspiring. She has embraced her new world of retirement and related travel adventures in the way that any great early childhood educator would. She has been both curious and present. It’s something that I have seen and felt through her amazing online storytelling.
Lending Her Heart & Wisdom
As I thought about the plans that I have for the future of 45 Conversations Media and Education, I realized that it would be both an honour and an asset if Sandra were to join the 45 Conversations Global Advisory Team. The team consists of an incredibly talented group of individuals who live and work in multiple countries and who have significant expertise related to content marketing & brand strategy, social media, new media & transmedia, Autism, early childhood education & education, business – from very small to very large organizations, photography & film, fundraising & NGO’s, collaboration & community building and writing & publishing.
And so with that thought in mind, Sandra and I ended up in a series of Skype calls last week. We discussed so many different things – work, life, children, grandchildren and travel adventures. We also discussed the work that 45 Conversations is doing through projects like the Conversations on Early Childhood Education & Child Care and my unique combination of expertise in early childhood education and online community building. We talked about how social media and content marketing presents interesting possibilities for the field to build local and global connections, to share learnings and to leverage opportunities for collaboration in new and exciting ways. It was an amazing discussion that lead to Sandra agreeing to become part of what’s coming next for 45 Conversations by officially joining the 45 Conversations Global Advisory Team. To say I’m excited is an understatement. More accurately, I’m both humbled and incredibly thankful that she has agreed to lend her heart and wisdom as things move forward for 45 Conversations Media & Education.
About Sandra Griffin, MA
Sandra is a dynamic people-centred Senior Executive with a strong social conscience. She is a team builder has a history of successes in the development and implementation of innovative research, policy and practice in the social development field, particularly for vulnerable populations. Most recently Chief of Staff with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Sandra has served as the Assistant Deputy Minister, Integrated Quality Assurance and Child Care Operations for the Ministry of Children and Family Development in British Columbia, Director, Infrastructure and Development for the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, the Chief of Staff for the Honourable Ken Dryden, Minister, Social Development Canada and the Executive Director for the Canadian Child Care Federation. She is highly strategic and has a natural ability to devise big picture strategies and solutions. A gifted public speaker and communicator, Sandra is known for her ability to inspire others to reach further, invest more and accomplish much. She is the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, National Award for Excellence in Child Care and the Canada Volunteer Award.