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Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators & Early Learning & Care Professionals

A list of workshops, conferences and other educational events for Early Childhood Educators & Early Learning & Care Professionals.

Summer - North American Reggio Emilia Alliance

All registrations must be submitted online, and full payment must be submitted to secure space. All monies payable in US dollars. Registrations and written request for refunds must be received by June 1, 2016. There will be a $50 processing fee for all refunds. Confirmation of registration will be shared via email. No onsite registration.

U.S. Cost: Early Bird Rate Before April 29th: $525 (members) $625 (non members)
After April 29th: $625 (members) $725 (non members)

Canadian Cost (In American dollars): Early Bird Rate Before April 29th: $425 (members) $525 (non members)
After April 29th: $525 (members) $625 (non members)

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Expanding Horizons for the Early Years

2017- 20th Triennial Conference in Canada

The International Play Association has as its purpose to protect, preserve and promote the child's right to play as is a fundamental human right.

Online ECE Workshops - Register Now for Summer/Fall 2016

A Super Convenient Way to Obtain Your ECE Professional Development Hours

These LIVE ECE Professional Development workshops are held ONLINE via Go To Training — which can be used on a laptop or desktop with internet connection or on a tablet or a smartphone with internet connection. Attendees can see/hear one another (assuming the technology they are using has a webcam or camera) — which means they meet and interact with educators in different communities!

WECAN 2017 Early Childhood Educators Conference

WECAN hosts an annual conference each February in Spring Valley, New York, and sponsors regional conferences throughout North America. Next year the conference is the SECOND weekend of February - February 10-12, 2017, with keynote speaker Susan Perrow (from Australia) speaking on the theme of therapeutic storytelling.

Children the Heart of the Matter

We’re excited to announce that next year will mark 20 years for the Children the Heart of the Matter conference! The conference will be held on February 17 & 18, 2017 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in Surrey.

International Indigenous Early Childhood Development Gathering, Victoria – July 18-22 – Register by May 27

The Friendship Centre movement is built on community support, trust, strong leadership, tradition and faith and is mandated to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal Peoples throughout Canada.

Located downtown Victoria BC, the BCAAFC is the umbrella association for 23 Friendship Centres throughout the Province of British Columbia.

Gathering Strength and Nurturing Growth Celebrating 20 Years of Quality and Innovation

BCACCS 19th Annual Provincial Training Conference: Nov 10 - 12, 2016
Location: Sheraton Hotel (7551 Westminster Highway), Richmond, BC

The 13th Annual Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development

The Summer Institute is an annual collaboration between the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. The Institute strives to offer timely information to inform research, policy and practice. As Canada embarks on a new early years strategy, the Institute looks at the conflict between increasing access to early childhood programs while maintaining quality.

EECERA 26th Conference - Dublin, Ireland 31st August - 3rd September 2016

EECERA Annual Conference is the largest and most significant early years' research conference in Europe, regularly attracting more than 600 researcher delegates from all over the world. The EECERA Conference is hosted in a different European city each year by a local university or early years network and to encourage networking and cross-national collaborations, includes a full social programme. The local knowledge and the EECERA organisational structure mean that each conference is unique but of consistent quality.

Pathway to Peace: Montessori Education for Social Change

The Congress will demonstrate that Montessori is an educational approach guided by the natural laws of human development, which enables all human beings to become agents of positive social change, which in the long term can lead to a more harmonious and peaceful world.

The Congress will inspire a universal effort. Through dialogue, solidarity and collaboration each participant will come away with practical tools to effectively impact their respective social communities.

Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP, is returning to Vancouver to teach hands-on practical strategies to improve Executive Function skills. Whether you've seen her before, or this is all new, you're sure to walk away with new ideas and strategies to help you better assist clients, students, or your own children.