The Canadian Child Care Federation is Proud to Announce Roni Cahen from Vancouver, BC as the 2017 Recipient of the CCCF Award of Excellence

     

     

     

     

    About the award recipient: Now retired, Roni Cahen generously spends her retirement years mentoring Early Childhood Educators and being “on the floor” with infants and toddlers, continuing to learn from them. Her strong vision for responsive, collaborative and inquiry-based learning has fueled many passions and modelled passionate and critical ways of educating young children.

    Roni was—and continues to be—an early childhood educator who works tirelessly to improve child care in British Columbia. She has been instructing early childhood education in college level programs for more than 30 years and while her accomplishments are many, one that particularly stands out is the design of a process to implement inquiry, taking small steps, inviting children’s collaborative meaning making, repeating experiences with minor changes as pertinent, revisiting work to engage children in discussion and to set an expectation of collective inquiry.

    She continues to volunteer as a mentor to educators at the SFU Child Care Society, where she guides educators to implement reflective practices as teacher researchers.

    Passion for early childhood education drives her commitment and her work. She voraciously reads research in ECE and strives to implement it in her practice. The sources of learning for Roni are many. She travels, watch movies, and she appreciates cultural events. This enriches her vast experience teaching and intellectually growing. When a new book in ECE studies is published, it is certain that Roni has already purchased a copy to feed her desire to grow and learn.

    Roni attended University of California in Berkeley, later taking early childhood courses in New Jersey and completing those initial studies at Vancouver Community College. She received her MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in 1996, She worked with children for five years in New Jersey and twenty years in the Lower Mainland and was a teacher in Richmond, BC at a Parent Participation Preschool for eighteen years. It was during that time that she began teaching various Early Childhood Education courses for Richmond, Delta, North Shore and Burnaby. She continues to be an instructor in the Burnaby Community and Continuing Education ECE Program, but at this point in her life focuses on teaching curriculum courses that reflect Reggio-inspired practice.

    The Nominees: The CCCF would also like to recognize all of the nominees for the CCCF Award of Excellence 2017. Each one has contributed significantly to early childhood learning and care in Canada and are worthy of recognition. They are:

    • Marilyn Armstrong and Gina Blank from St. Albert, AB and Edmonton, AB
    • Liz Bruce from Oakbank, MB
    • Deepika (Dee) Bakshi from Calgary, AB
    • Carmelita “Carmen” Tilley from Fort McMurray, AB
    • Barbara Wolff from Edmonton, AB
    • Anick Lia-Pehe from Winnipeg, MB

    The Canadian Child Care Federation’s Award for Excellence in Child Care honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of child care and is presented biennially.

    It recognizes accomplishments in all areas of child care, including those who work directly with children. Nominees have given their time, talent and energy to enhance child care in Canada and have:

    • contributed to a higher quality of child care, locally, provincially or nationally
    • advocated on behalf of children, families or caregivers
    • made a recognized contribution to the profession
    • assumed a high level of responsibility
    • demonstrated commitment and creativity

    The CCCF would also like to thank all of the individuals who took the time to nominate all of these outstanding candidates as well as the Awards Selection Committee, chaired by Marni Flaherty from Hamilton, ON and comprised of committee members Jean Robinson from Lincoln, NB, Cathy Ramos from Halifax, NS, Ruth Houston from Toronto, ON, Jadranka Pocrnic from Saskatoon, SK, MaryAnn Farebrother from Calgary, AB and Carla Hees from Vancouver, BC.

    Multi-year Funding for Child Care in Budget Welcomed — Further Investments Are Needed to Meet the Ongoing Needs of Canadian Families

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    Multi-year Funding for Child Care in Budget Welcomed — Further Investments Are Needed to Meet the Ongoing Needs of Canadian Families

    March 22, 2017

    OTTAWA — Today’s federal budget included $7 billion in a 10-year funding commitment to support child care across Canada starting in fiscal 2017-2018. After years of federal funding exclusion, the long-term funding is welcomed as is the recognition that access to affordable, quality child care is essential for families.

    “The multi-year funding commitment is most certainly a good start, investing in children and their care,” said Don Giesbrecht, CEO of the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) “Ideally, we would like to see more funds in the first years of the funding commitment, as the need for affordable, accessible, inclusive and high quality child care is pressing for families.”

    The collaboration and negotiations among the provinces, territories, Indigenous communities and the federal government to ensure that as a nation we are all moving forward and building better child care is essential. It is critical to collectively address the issues of affordability, accessibility, inclusivity and high quality care that will benefit children. Access to affordable, quality child care supports families, increases mother’s labour market participation and supports the economy. Canada has long lagged behind the OECD’s recommended public investments in early childhood of 1% of GDP, which would put Canada on par with countries with fully developed systems of early childhood education and care.

    Marni Flaherty, CCCF Chair added, “We are pleased that Canada’s federal government has taken this significant first step in committing to a multi-year funding plan. Moving forward, creating fundamental changes in how Canada supports the middle class—and all families—in accessing high quality and affordable child care will require increased funding, planning and coordination.”

    The CCCF urges the federal government to work with the provinces, territories, Indigenous communities and with the child care sector over the next year to develop a robust long-term funding plan for child care in advance of the next federal budget.
    Media Contacts:

    Don Giesbrecht, CEO CCCF (613) 729-5289 ext 220 or (204) 223-9369
    Marni Flaherty, Chair CCCF (905) 906-0030

    The Canadian Child Care Federation is Canada’s largest member based child care organization and is committed to best practice in early learning and child care. Our organization is about the value of children. We value children.
    In order to protect and enhance our children, to promote their safety and their healthy growth and development, we are committed to providing Canadians with the very best in early learning and child care knowledge and best practices. Our tools are research and knowledge dissemination, the creation and nurturing of active networks.

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    An Early Learning and Child Care Framework for Canada’s Children: #TogetherWeCan

    #TogetherWeCan build a high quality, affordable, accessible and inclusive child care system for  Canadian families. What do you need to know and what can you do to make sure that it is evidence based, built on the real needs of families and has best practice at it’s core? Download and share the CCCF’s An Early Learning and Child Care Framework for Canada’s Children: #TogetherWeCan document and learn more.

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    We Value Children Posters/Social Media

    We Value Children Posters/Social Media

    Download, print, display and share your support for affordable, accessible and high quality child care for Canadian children and families with the following three posters from the CCCF and its affiliates from across Canada.

     

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    Quality Poster cccf_quality_english

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    The Challenges of Cultural Competence

    CHALLENGING OURSELVES IN OUR PRACTICE

    Interaction CCCF/FALL 2015

    The Challenges of Cultural Competence Exploring the Impacts of Race, Culture and Identity on Early Childhood Educator Practice by Chanequa Cameron and Lyndsay Macdonald

    The notion that early childhood is a critical period for establishing a strong foundation for cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional development has become well established within the sector (NAE, 2015). As many experts would agree, children begin to make sense of their world in early childhood, making it a prime time for children to develop positive ideas about their self-identity which goes hand in hand with a child’s ethnic background and culture (Friendly & Prabhu, 2010). There is also a growing trend in professional learning and training across the early childhood sector that is refl ective of the diverse makeup of the Canadian population. This article will explore, from the professional perspective of the authors, how race, culture and individual identity impact the professional practice of early childhood educators (ECEs) and workers in Canada. This topic will be explored through a cultural competence lens as the authors’ present research alongside culturally competent recommendations for professional reflection and personal stories.

    Download the Full Article at: Chanequa Cameron – article – Interaction-Fall2015

     

    The Canadian Child Care Federation is Proud to Announce Ellen Hamilton from Iqaluit, Nunavut as the 2015 Recipient of the CCCF Award of Excellence

    About the award recipient: Ellen Hamilton is the Manager, Early Childhood Education Programs at Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit.

    In August of 2013 Ellen began rebuilding the Early Childhood Education Program for Nunavut Arctic College by envisioning and developing a territory-wide ECE strategy. Through widespread consultations and research, she designed and now manages the delivery of two new programs that meet the cultural and professional needs of future child care workers and builds capacity in the existing Nunavut child care system:

    1) A two-year Diploma Program in ECE (the first of its kind) commenced in September,

    2014 with 14 Inuit child care workers who are being educated to become leaders in the field;

    2) The first workplace ECE training program in Nunavut for current child care workers. The Applied Certificate program is successfully piloted in 7 communities across the territory with 67Inuit child care workers enrolled.

    In 2014 Ellen raised over $1 million dollars in annual third-party program funding for the three-year pilot of the ECE Strategy and oversaw a $1.5 million dollar budget.

    In 2015, Ellen was successful in being awarded funding of approximately $1 million dollars to continue delivering and developing the Nunavut ECE Strategy. She supervises 10 ECE instructors and 10 Inuit elder-instructors and manages adult programming to 80 adult students, all of whom are Nunavut beneficiaries. Ellen designed and supervises the ongoing development of a Nunavut-specific curriculum that integrates Inuit language and culture, is recognized by southern Canadian colleges and has achieved post-secondary designation.

    More than 200 Inuit child care workers from all three regions of Nunavut have received training in early childhood education between 2013-14.

    The Nominees: The CCCF would also like to recognize all of the nominees for the CCCF Award of Excellence 2015. Each one has contributed significantly to early childhood learning and care in Canada and are worthy of recognition. They are:

    Karen Isaac from Vancouver, BC

    Kerry Duchnycz from Surrey, BC

    Terri Tretjak from Thompson, MB

    Dr. Susan Prentice from Winnipeg, MB

    Dr. Nathalie Bigras from Montréal, QC

     

    The Canadian Child Care Federation’s Award for Excellence in Child Care honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of child care and is presented biennially.

    It recognizes accomplishments in all areas of child care, including those who work directly with children. Nominees have given their time, talent and energy to enhance child care in Canada and have:

    • contributed to a higher quality of child care, locally, provincially or nationally
    • advocated on behalf of children, families or caregivers
    • made a recognized contribution to the profession
    • assumed a high level of responsibility
    • demonstrated commitment and creativity

    The CCCF would also like to thank all of the individuals who took the time to nominate all of these outstanding candidates as well as the Awards Selection Committee, chaired by April Kalyniuk and comprised of CCCF Member Council members Helen Sinclair from Flatrock, NL; Chanequa Cameron from Toronto, ON; Jodie Kehl from Winnipeg, MB; Rebecca Leong from Calgary, AB; Marlene Alcon Kepka from Calgary, AB

     

    Radon Testing in Child Care Programs

    The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) and the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) have three new resources to help child care professionals communicate with client families about radon testing in their centres.

    • Are you starting a radon test in your child care centre? Download this adaptable mini-poster to inform client families about your efforts and why radon testing is important. Great for posting on bulletin boards or for back-packing home. Available as a fillable PDF in English and French.  CPCHE Radon Testing ENG
    • Have you received your radon test results? Use these letter templates to inform client families about the results of your centre’s radon testing.

    –      The “below guideline” letter is for use by centres that have tested below the Health Canada guideline for acceptable radon levels. Radon Test Results Letter Below EN

    –      The “above guideline” letter is for use by centres for which the testing has revealed elevated radon. Radon Test Results Letter Above EN

    Both letters are available in Microsoft Word, in English and French, and can be adapted to reflect your facility’s specific radon test results and circumstances.

    Visit CPCHE’s www.reduceradon.ca webpage or the CCCF’s website at www.cccf-fcsge.ca  for these free downloads and other useful information on radon.

    CPCHE and CCCF’s ongoing efforts to promote radon awareness and action in the child care sector are made possible by financial support from Health Canada.

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    Finding quality child care: A guide for parents in Canada

    This website provides information for parents in Canada looking for quality child care that’s affordable and meets the needs of their families.  Find out why it’s hard to find good child care, about child care options in each province and territory, general information about child care in Canada, what the best evidence says about quality, and how to improve your chances of accessing high-quality child care.

    http://findingqualitychildcare.ca/