Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities and Events

February 9-11, 2021
ARCQE 11th Annual National Child Day Conference:
Reimagining Pathways Forward . . . Supporting Meaningful Participation in Times of Social Distancing

To view the updated conference brochure with new date, please click HERE

February 24, 2021 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Local Partnership Talk: Early Learning and Child Care – a National System for Canada

Please register here by February 17, 2021

As part of CUP’s 20th anniversary we are hosting the Issues and Impacts Series. Throughout the series, we engage field experts in discussing issues relevant to the wellbeing of children, youth and families. As a complement to the field expert talk, we invite our local research partnerships to provide a more intimate discussion of local projects working to understand and achieve impacts on the same issue. Please join us this February and March to discuss systems of Early Learning and Child Care. 

Field Expert Talk:
Title: Early Learning and Child Care – a National System for CanadaAbstract: For almost 50 years, there have been calls from advocates, economists, and social policy researchers for the federal government to work with provinces and territories in order to move 13 different approaches to early learning and child care to a more coherent and well-funded system for Canada. In the past few months, the Government of Canada has announced that it plans to do so, with an emphasis on affordability, accessibility, inclusive practice, and high quality. How will this plan move forward? What might be involved? How do provinces and territories approach the provision of ELCC now? Are municipalities involved? Are they really that different? This presentation will describe the complexities of the current ELCC policy landscape and explore both possibilities and challenges for the creation of a national system.

FIELD EXPERT: Kathleen Flanagan, Child and Family Policy / Early Childhood Education and Care Specialist, Kathleen Flanagan and Associates, Inc.

March 9 – June 29, 2021 (3 hour sessions, bi-weekly)
Systems Leadership Series from Organization by Design

Go here for more information.

The CAFRA Leadership Team invites you to review information about the upcoming Systems Leadership Series offered by Organizations by Design. This series will be offered online in nine modules. Sessions will be three hours, bi-weekly from March 9 to June 29  2021. We invite you to review the attached SLS brochure and/or visit their website: www.organizationsbydesign.ca for registration, learning objectives and module descriptions.

Here are more details as well: 
In today’s environment of continuous change and complexity, Early Childhood Educators may be searching for ways to build their capacity as systems leaders in their practice, with their teams or within their organizations. We can help!

With over 50 years experience in management and leadership roles in the not-for-profit, government, and for profit sectors, our Organizations by Design Inc. team and affiliates are able to draw upon a wide range of experience and education in leadership and team development, coaching, facilitation, change management, and collaborative initiatives.  

Adine Shuchuk, ED Jasper Place Family Resource Centre had this to say about the Building Collaborative Learning Teams (BCLT) we offered virtually in November 2020:
It was fantastic to be able to put language to some of our practices. There was so much new learning and now I have skills, tools and a framework to build a learning team. We are having learning conversations as staff and with our clients daily’.

March 10, 2021 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Local Partnership Talk: Local Matters: Options for Improving Early Learning and Care in Edmonton

Please register here by March 3, 2021

Since 2017, CUP has been working with the Edmonton Council for Early Learning and Care (ECELC) to improve early learning and care in Edmonton. The ECELC includes members from municipal and provincial government, community groups, and a variety of other organizations, all working toward the development of a system of high-quality early learning and care services in Edmonton, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of low-income and vulnerable families. This talk will explore what local entities of all kinds can do to help create such a system in light of both the provincial policy context in Alberta and the federal push for a national system of early learning and care.

Local Partnership: Dr. Robert Buschmann and the ECELC 

April 28-30, 2021
2021 Leadership Connections™ National Virtual Conference: Refocusing Our Vision

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership is pleased to announce, “We Are Going Virtual!”
We have been working diligently to plan a fully virtual Leadership Connections National Conference for you in 2021. Our three-day conference will deliver the quality experience you have come to expect from the McCormick Center, but from your home or workplace. Conference attendees will learn from and connect with a diverse group of leaders in our field on a variety of topics. We are excited to explore new and innovative ways to connect with you—and to connect you with each other! 
Save the Dates of April 28 – 30, 2021 for the full-conference and April 27 for pre-conference.
Do you want to be a presenter? Our Request for Presenter Proposals is open and we are accepting proposals through November 17, 2020.
Are you interested in partnering with us as a sponsor or exhibitor? View opportunities and download our Partner Kit.