“If you know a child or you care about a child, these are the workshops for you.”
Those are the words of Kimberly Williams in describing this weekend’s Early Childhood B.C. Northern Region Conference. While the event will draw child care providers from across the northwest to Prince Rupert for two days of learning and networking, the conference is designed to reach a much broader audience to ensure anybody who wants to can participate.
“We want to include everyone, we don’t want to exclude anyone. This is primarily an early chid care atmosphere, but there is more to it than that. We want everybody – parents, grandparents, care providers, doctors, nurses, professionals and anyone else,” she said, noting topics to be covered include children with autism, managing “screen time” in front of electronic devices, childhood intervention and much more.
“I would like to create a greater sense of community when it comes to being with our children. I would like to make it so that we can talk amongst ourselves and support one another for our families and for our care providers. We want everyone to know that there is somewhere they can go and that they are not alone because I am sure there are instances where people feel there is nowhere they can turn, so their questions go unanswered ... We want people to know that we are out there and that we welcome them.”
To ensure residents of the North Coast have ample time to take advantage of what the conference has to offer, the registration deadline has been lifted completely.
“Initially the deadline was Sept. 30, but we want to invite as many people as possible so we opened up the date. You can register even the Friday night before and we will be doing a meet and greet that night that includes students from Northwest Community College conducting an interactive group activity,” said Williams, one of several who has contributed to the planning of the conference.
“This is about supporting our children and all children.”
For more information or to register for the conference, contact ECEBC via phone at 778-884-2486 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on early childhood education services available throughout the province, visit the provincial website at www.ecebc.ca.