Training Opportunity – online course on anaphylaxis in ECE settings

Food Allergy Canada has launched its latest online course for early childhood care and education professionals. Developed with Leap Learning Technologies Inc. and in collaboration with the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the “Anaphylaxis in Child Care Settings” course is designed for early childhood educators/caregivers working within a variety of ECE settings.

Find the press release here.

StrongStart BC Evaluation – parent survey

As we continue to evaluate all aspects of the StrongStart BC early learning program with the help of a talented research team from the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development (OISE/University of Toronto), we need some help to encourage parents to share  their experiences in the programs.

We are asking StrongStart BC facilitators to please share the following information with the parents in your program. The more robust the response, the better information we have to support and continue the fantastic work of StrongStart BC.

The Ministry of Education is working with a team of researchers from the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development (University of Toronto) to evaluate the effectiveness of the StrongStart BC Early Learning centres. 

The study will  inform the long term planning of StrongStart BC, and investigate the program’s impact on young children’s development and its impact on parents, caregivers, educators, administrators and the community.

 All information collected will be kept strictly confidential.  Please share your views to help make StrongStart BC even better. 

Parents: http://www.strongstartevaluation.ca/ (English, French, Chinese)

Thanks for helping spread the word,

Ministry of Education Early Years Team.

News Release: Your Kid’s Progress – Have your Say on Report Cards

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Parents around the province can share their thoughts on how they want to keep track of their child’s progress from Kindergarten to Grade 9, thanks to a broad public engagement kicking off today.

The world is changing and British Columbia’s new curriculum is making sure the next generation of students have the skills they need to succeed in that changing world. With the introduction of the new curriculum, other parts of the education system will also be updated.

Student progress is reported in many different ways, including report cards, parent-teacher meetings and regular student/parent/teacher check-ins. Government is asking parents to share their thoughts on report cards and all types of progress reporting by visiting: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress before Feb. 28, 2017.

The input received from parents will help shape the information they receive and how they receive it starting in the 2017-18 school year. Additionally, the Ministry of Education is hosting 10 community meetings throughout the province so parents can offer their input in-person and ask questions about how reporting could work.

All feedback will be considered as a provincial student reporting approach is finalized, giving families a deeper understanding of their child’s progress through timely and comprehensive information. A summary report on what was heard during the engagement will be produced and posted online in June 2017.

There will be opportunities for parents to give input on progress reporting in grades 10-12 in the future.

Quick Facts:

  • Ten community meetings are being scheduled around the province, giving families the opportunity to talk to ministry and school district officials and participate in small, facilitated discussions.
  • These meetings are open to everyone, including parents and groups from surrounding school districts.
    • October:
      • Greater Victoria
    • November:
      • Kimberley
      • Dawson Creek
      • Terrace
    • January:
      • Abbotsford
      • Surrey
      • Port Hardy
      • Kamloops
    • February:
      • Richmond
      • Penticton
  • Details on meeting times and locations will be updated on the engagement website at: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress/en/communitymeetings/

Learn More:

Learn more about the new parent engagement and how to provide your feedback by visiting: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress