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 register today and together 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. Conference program details will be updated as speakers and sessions are confirmed.
|8:45am||Please sign in.|
|9:00am||Conference Welcome||Traditional Welcome and Acknowledgement|
|9:15am||Keynote||Title TBDDr. Jennifer CharlesworthBritish Columbia's Representative for Children and Youth|
|10:25am||Panel||How Families Experienced Disruption and Transformation: Perspectives from Parents of Children Who Received Services During the PandemicModerated by Mandy Young, Provincial Community Engagement Coordinator, and President, BC Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, this panel will include parents and family members sharing their experiences of navigating and receiving services during the pandemic.|
|11:35am||SESSION A||A1: An Indigenous Perspective to Supporting Children & Families with Autism and other Challenges | Workshop SessionRona Sterling-Collins, MSW, Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Professional, Rona Sterling ConsultingA2: Children and Family SupportDr. Andrea Gonzalez, Director, Strong Families, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University|
|12:35pm||Lunch Break||Option A - LunchFree time to unplug and rechargeOption B - Policy Shift Lunch and LearnGrab your lunch and listen to the most up to date information related to the Child Care, Inclusion, and Supported Child Development policy changes recently announced by the Government of BC.|
|1:05pm||SESSION B||B1: Children and Family SupportJan Ference, Pathways to Healing Project Director, Comox Valley Child Development AssociationB2: Creativity and Innovation on the Front LineSince March 2020, the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted young children and families, as well as all the systems of care and support for them. It has not been easy but some have found power in the possibility, leading to creative ideas and innovations in the field. Learn about some of these innovative programs and practices that continue to be used to better support children and families at this difficult time.|
|2:15pm||Closing Session||As I Am, Is Enoughby Madelaine McCallumThrough sharing her most fragile moments with audiences across Canada in her Fire Within presentation, Madelaine discovered the most crucial lesson there is to learn: 'As I am, is Enough.'' Taking you through an emotional roller coaster, Madelaine will leave you speechless with her realness and vulnerability as she helps you to discover the importance of finding self-worth and acceptance.|
|2:50pm||Close Day 1|
|8:45am||Please sign in.|
|9:00am||Conference Welcome||Traditional Welcome and Acknowledgement|
|9:15am||Keynote||Resilience and Transformation|
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
|10:25am||Panel||Organizational Transformation in the Early Years: Embracing change to center staff wellness|
Hear from leaders within the early childhood development, intervention and family support fields as they share their insight and approach to organizational change. Particular attention will be paid to resources and the work that needs to be done to ensure staff are better prepared to support both themselves and the families they serve.
|11:35am||SESSION C||C1: TBD|
Mariana Brussoni, Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health, UBC, Scientist with the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit, Director, Human Early Learning Partnership
C2: ‘Tapping into Tech’ in the Early Years during COVID-10: Lessons Shared & Next Steps | Panel Presentation
Alison Gerlach, Assistant Professor and White-settler in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria and co-lead of the Tapping into Tech project.
Symbia Barnaby, Community Researcher, Tapping into Tech project
Crystal Kalas, Special Services Supervisor, Fort St John Child Development Centre, and Community Researcher on the Tapping into Tech project.
Diana Elliott, Provincial Advisor, Aboriginal Infant Development Programs in BC and Tapping into Tech Community Council member.
|12:35pm||Lunch Break||Option A - Lunch|
Free time to unplug and recharge
Option B - Policy Shift Lunch and Learn
Grab your lunch and listen to the most up to date information related to the Child Care, Inclusion, and Supported Child Development policy changes recently announced by the Government of BC.
|1:05pm||SESSION D||D1: Outdoor Play|
D2: SmartParent - Teaching Parents by Text | Workshop Session
Dr. Patricia Janssen, Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC, and Founder of SmartMom and SmartParent
|2:15pm||Closing Session||Coming Soon!|
|2:50pm||Close Day 2|
During the Early Years 2022 Conference, participants can expect to:
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.
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.
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.
I need to cancel my registration completely.
Full event cancellation requests must be received in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Can I transfer my registration?
Yes. If you are unable to attend the conference, you are welcome to transfer your registration to a colleague.
Is there group registration?
Unfortunately not if you are using a credit card for payment. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
How will I know my registration was successful?
You will receive a confirmation email soon after a successful registration. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of your registration. Please note that the HELP Office will be closed from December 17 through January 4, 2022. The ECY team will respond to emails upon their return on January 4, 2022.
Who do I contact if I have trouble with registration?
Please send an email to email@example.com if you have trouble with the registration system or have any questions about your registration.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Participants attending the conference will receive a certificate stating 12 hours of educational instruction. Please check the website for updates on accreditation.
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.