More pro-d for child care staff means better care for young children

March 12, 2019

British Columbia families and their children will soon benefit from the latest methods in early years teaching and learning, such as using play-based learning to help children build speech and language skills.

This is part of an investment that will give early childhood educators (ECEs) and other child care providers more professional development (pro-d) training. This is the first investment in pro-d for the child care sector in more than a decade.

The Province is investing $6.3 million into a variety of programs through its three-year, $153-million Early Learning and Child Care Agreement with the Government of Canada.

“The first years of life are the building blocks for language, reading and sound development,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “That is why I am pleased that the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia are working together to better support early childhood educators who have an extraordinary opportunity to help children in their earliest stages of life.”

UBC’s Faculty of Education is offering a program of courses that would lead to the BC Early Childhood Education (ECE) Assistant and Basic Certificates. These credentials are required by the Ministry of Children and Family Development to work in early childhood settings (ages birth to 5 years) in BC. Upon completion of the courses in the program, graduates apply to the Early Childhood Education Registry for certifications.

Read more in the official government release here.