Event Overview

Join us virtually on March 1 & 2, 2022 for the Early Years Conference 2022: Disruption and Transformation, where we will reflect on and explore the important but delicate relationship between these two forces. We invite those in the early childhood development, intervention and family support fields to attend the Early Years Conference 2022. We will explore the factors impacting children’s development and family support services during this challenging time.

We are pleased to announce the conference keynotes will be provided by Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth, British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth, and Dr. Michael Ungar, Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work, Dalhousie University. We look forward to the opportunity to connect their expertise and insight to the conference theme of disruption and transformation.

Please see below for the ‘At a Glance’ Conference Program. The conference program details will be updated as speakers and sessions are confirmed. Conference registration will be launched in November 2022.

Conference Program "At-a-Glance"

Day One - Disruption
TimeDescription
8:45amPlease sign in.
9:00amConference Welcome - Traditional Welcome & Acknowledgement
9:15amKeynote Address
Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth
British Columbia's Representative for Children and Youth
10:15amTransition Break
10:25amPanel
How Families Experienced Disruption and Transformation: Perspectives from Parents of Children Who Received Services During the Pandemic
11:25amTransition Break
11:35amSESSION A (Two different presentations - TBD)
12:35pmLunch Break
1:05pmSESSION B (Two different presentations - TBD)
2:05pmClose Day 1
Day Two - Transformation
TimeDescription
8:45amPlease sign in.
9:00amConference Welcome - Traditional Welcome & Acknowledgement
9:15amKeynote Address
Dr. Michael Ungar
Canada Research Chair in Child Family and Community Resilience
Director at Resilience Research Centre
Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University
AAMFT Clinical Supervisor
Registered Social Worker
10:15amTransition Break
10:25amPanel
Insight from the Front Line: Perspectives from those who continue to support children and families through changed landscapes and systems
11:25amTransition Break
11:35pmSESSION C (Two different presentations - TBD)
12:35pmLunch Break
1:05pmSESSION D (Two different presentations - TBD)
2:00pmThank You and Event Close

Learning Objectives

During the Early Years 2022 Conference, participants can expect to:

  • Review the latest evidence-based research and practice related to child development, early childhood intervention, and family support
  • Recognize the impact of disorder and disruption on children and families but also those who support them
  • Be inspired – to lead, to innovate and to bounce forward
  • Build stronger connections with peers and with the children and families they support

Who Should Attend

This conference will be of interest to all those who work with young children and/or families, including:
  • Aboriginal/ Indigenous Early Childhood Development Professionals 
  • Administrators/Managers
  • Advocacy Organizations
  • Behavioural Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Education Assistants
  • Families
  • Family Development Workers
  • Family Resource Program Staff
  • Government Representatives
  • Infant Development Consultants
  • Infant Mental Health Professionals
  • Nurses 
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Oral Health Professionals
  • Parent Educators 
  • Physicians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Policy Makers
  • Pregnancy Outreach Groups
  • Program Facilitators
  • Psychologists
  • Recreation Therapists
  • Researchers
  • School Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Therapists
  • Students
  • Support Workers
  • Supported Child Development Consultants
  • Teachers
  • Other

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What is included in the registration?
A one day registration includes admission for one person to the full conference agenda on one of March 1 or March 2. A two day registration includes admission for one person to the full conference agenda on both days of the event. A unique Zoom link will be sent to you shortly before the event begins.

What is the time zone for Early Years 2022?
Early Years 2022 will be organized from Vancouver. As such the official time zone for this conference is Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Can I submit an abstract?
As a result of the change in format (from in person to virtual), abstracts are not being accepted for the Early Years Conference 2022. Please contact Amy Mullis for more information or if you have any questions about this.

Will there be exhibitors?
As a result of the change in format (from in person to virtual), Early Years Conference 2022 will not host exhibitors or a marketplace. Please contact Amy Mullis for more information or if you have any questions about this.

Will there be a poster session?
As a result of the change in format (in person to virtual), Early Years Conference 2022 will not include a poster session.

Registration

What is the price to attend?
Single-day C$75 plus tax
Two days C$125 plus tax

Can I attend just one day?
Yes. The single day rate is C$75 plus tax. You will be asked to select your day of choice on the registration form.

I registered for one day but now wish to attend both days.
This is not a problem. We are happy to assist you with updating your registration. Please email earlylearning@ubc.ca for assistance.

I registered for two days but need to cancel one of the days.
This is not a problem. We are happy to refund your two day registration fee and update your registration. Please email earlylearning@ubc.ca for assistance.

I need to cancel my registration completely.
Full event cancellation requests must be received in writing to earlylearning@ubc.ca by February 22, 2022. Participants will receive a full refund up to and including February 22, 2022. No refunds will be made for cancellation after February 22, 2022. If you are unable to attend the conference, you are welcome to transfer your registration to a colleague. Please contact earlylearning@ubc.ca for more information.

Can I transfer my registration?
Yes. If you are unable to attend the conference, you are welcome to transfer your registration to a colleague. Please contact earlylearning@ubc.ca for more information.

Is there group registration?
Unfortunately no. Please have each member of your group register individually.

How will I know my registration was successful?
You will receive a confirmation email soon after a successful registration. Please contact earlylearning@ubc.ca if you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of your registration.

Who do I contact if I have trouble with registration?
Please send an email to earlylearning@ubc.ca if you have trouble with the registration system or have any questions about your registration.

Cancellation Policy

There will be a $50 charge for cancellation up to two weeks prior to the conference (all fees incl. taxes). No refunds will be made for cancellation after February 22, 2022. If you are unable to attend the conference, you are welcome to transfer your registration to a colleague. Please contact (email) for more information.

Professional Credits

Participants attending the conference will receive a certificate stating 12 hours of educational instruction. Please check the website for updates on accreditation.

Technology

On which platform is the Early Years Conference 2022 being hosted?
Early Years 2022 will be hosted on a Zoom platform. 

When will I receive the instructions for attending the virtual event? 
Please watch for emails announcing session selection, speaker updates, reminders, and other important information about the event. Zoom links will be sent a week prior to the conference dates.