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 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.

Conference Program "At-a-Glance"

Day One - Disruption
TimeDescription
8:45amPlease sign in.
9:00amConference WelcomeTraditional Welcome and Acknowledgement
9:15amKeynoteTitle TBD
Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth
British Columbia's Representative for Children and Youth
10:15amTransition Break
10:25amPanelHow Families Experienced Disruption and Transformation: Perspectives from Parents of Children Who Received Services During the Pandemic
Moderated 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.
11:25amTransition Break
11:35amSESSION A
A1: An Indigenous Perspective to Supporting Children & Families with Autism and other Challenges | Workshop Session
Rona Sterling-Collins, MSW, Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Professional, Rona Sterling Consulting

A2: Children and Family Support
Dr. Andrea Gonzalez, Director, Strong Families, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
12:35pmLunch BreakOption 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.
1:05pmSESSION BB1: Children and Family Support
Jan Ference, Pathways to Healing Project Director, Comox Valley Child Development Association

B2: Creativity and Innovation on the Front Line
Since 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.
2:15pmClosing SessionAs I Am, Is Enough
by Madeline McCallum
Through 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.
2:50pmClose Day 1
Day Two - Transformation
TimeDescription
8:45amPlease sign in.
9:00amConference WelcomeTraditional Welcome and Acknowledgement
9:15amKeynoteResilience 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
10:15amTransition Break
10:25amPanelOrganizational 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.
11:25amTransition Break
11:35amSESSION 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.
12:35pmLunch BreakOption 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.
1:05pmSESSION DD1: Outdoor Play
Coming Soon!

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
2:15pmClosing SessionComing Soon!
2:50pmClose Day 2

Event Pricing

Day 1 - Disruption

$75 per person

Day 2 - Transformation

$75 per person

Both Days

$125 per person

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.

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 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.

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 earlylearning@ubc.ca for more information.

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. 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 earlylearning@ubc.ca if you have trouble with the registration system or have any questions about your registration.

Cancellation Policy

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.

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.