10 Reasons to Choose Quality Early Learning and Child Care

Expert knowledge Early childhood educators are experts in child development and are trained to create inspiring learning environments!
Intentionality Early childhood educators provide your child the gift of time and attention. They will stop and explore the new flowers or jump in the mud puddles with your child.
Young at heart Early childhood educators know how to have fun! They’re not afraid to be silly and laugh with your child; all while nurturing your child’s creativity and helping to build their self-confidence.
Setting limits Every child needs reasonable boundaries, such as no playing ball inside. Early childhood educators set limits and support families in doing the same.
Love of literacy Early childhood educators read and tell stories, sing songs, and do puppet shows to inspire a love of language and to build early literacy skills.
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Confidence boost Early childhood educators provide safe opportunities for your child to be independent and to become confident in their personality and decision making skills.
Inspired learning Early childhood educators ask open-ended questions to inspire creative thought and curiosity, to encourage children to explore, and to make learning fun.
Life skills Early childhood educators use their expertise to develop programs that use play as a tool for teaching math, literacy, science and essential life skills that last for life!
Making friends Early childhood educators are educated to appropriately support children to gain social skills, which are so important in making friends and developing positive relationships!
Helping hand Everyone gets stumped by parenting from time to time - juggling schedules, demands, and behaviours. When it gets tough and you need someone to talk to, reach out to your child’s early childhood educator!
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2017 ECDA Fall Conference


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The 2017 ECDA Fall Conference is being held at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown on October 19th & 20th! Once again we have confirmed some very exciting and talented speakers to join us over two days of learning, growing, and networking; including opening keynote speaker Holly Elissa Bruno, and closing keynote speaker Stacie Goffin.

The conference will be focused on the topic of professionalism; both personal professional practice and the professionalization of the early learning and child care sector will be explored. What does professionalism mean to you? Discover more at the 2017 ECDA Fall Conference. 

We are also excited to announce the inclusion of The Play Salon that will be open during all break times throughout the fall conference (as marked in the schedule). The purpose of The Play Salon is to provide educators with hands-on learning opportunities & play throughout the conference, using various materials and work stations. Educators will be able to connect with each other when interacting with the various invitations, and ask questions with Educator and Pedagogical Consultant Justin West. The Play Salon will support educators in setting up invitations at their centers, and promote play in their communities.

Mark your calendar and get excited for another uplifting, inspiring conference with PEI's ELCC field!

The ECDA would like to acknowledge our major sponsorship partner for the 2017 ECDA Fall Conference, Dairy Farmers of Canada, who have helped to make this event possible.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE - Times and details may change.
Pre-conference Day - Wednesday October 18

Fall Conference Day 1 - Thursday October 19 
8:00 - 8:45AM - Registration and tradeshow & Play Salon
8:45 - 9:00AM - Opening Remarks
9:00 - 10:30AM - Opening Keynote with Holly Elissa Bruno
10:30 - 11:00AM - Nutrition break and tradeshow & Play Salon
11:00 - 12:15PM - Plenary Session with Holly Elissa Bruno
12:15 - 1:00PM - Lunch (provided) and tradeshow & Play Salon
1:00 - 4:00PM - Breakout sessions 1A-G
4:00 - 6:00PM - Evening Social & Play Salon

Fall Conference Day 2 - Friday October 20 
8:00 - 8:30AM - Registration and tradeshow & Play Salon
8:30 - 10:00AM - Breakout sessions 2A-G part 1
10:00 - 10:30AM - Nutrition break (provided) and tradeshow & Play Salon
10:30 - 12:00PM - Breakout sessions 2A-G part 2
12:00 - 1:00PM - Lunch (provided) and tradeshow & Play Salon
1:00 - 1:30PM - ECCE Invitation Display and tradeshow & Play Salon
1:30 - 2:45PM - Closing Keynote with Stacie Goffin
2:45 - 3:30PM - Panel Discussion with expert panelists
3:30 - 4:30PM - Closing Remarks with Sonya Hooper

 

REGISTRATION
Early Bird deadline is September 12th. 
Registration deadline is October 2nd. 
Pricing details outlined in right side bar.
Click on the sessions below to read a full description (when available).
Download the document below for a printable booklet of conference details (when available).

 

ACCOMMODATIONS
Accommodations for the Fall Conference can be booked at a special rate for conference participants at The Hotel on Pownal, 146 Pownal St., Charlottetown

  • Reserve your room under the ‘Early Childhood Development Association' block for reduced rates for the nights of Wednesday October 18th and Thursday October 19th. 
  • $119/night – double-doubles, single doubles, single king, and single queen rooms 
  • Includes: 
    • Free parking 
    • Breakfast daily 
    • Complimentary Guest Cocktail Reception each weeknight 
    • Wireless, high-speed Fibre-op internet 
    • Complimentary coffee, tea, and treats throughout the day. 
  • To reserve call 902-436-2295 or 1-800-265-5551  

Additional Documentation

Sessions

Opening Remarks

Homburg Theatre | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown, PE | October 19, 2017 | 8:45 AM

Opening Keynote: Professionalism isn't just a fifteen-letter word!

Homburg Theatre | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown, PE | October 19, 2017 | 11:00 AM

Plenary Session: EQ in Your Toolkit 

Homburg Theater | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 19, 2017 | 11:00 AM

1A: Our emotions, Our professional selves

Homburg Theatre | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 19, 2017 | 1:00 PM

1B: Has The Time Arrived? Advancing Early Learning and Child Care As A Profession

Memorial Hall | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 19, 2017 | 1:00 PM

1C: Building Skills for Change in PEI’s Early Learning and Child Care Sector

Mawson Hall | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 19, 2017 | 1:00 PM

1D: Transforming the Traumatized Brain

Studio 1 | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 19, 2017 | 1:00 PM

1E: Let's Talk About E.L.F.!

Studio 2 | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 19, 2017 | 1:00 PM

1F: Think About What You Do and Why You Do It

The Mack | October 19, 2017 | 1:00 PM

1G: Les parents , la communication et moi

Boardroom | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 19, 2017 | 1:00 PM

1H: Shaping Good Eating Habits for Life

Holman Grand Hotel Conference Room 1 | October 19, 2017 | 1:00 PM

2A: Mirror mirror on the wall... am I really a professional at all?

Homburg Theatre | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 20, 2017 | 8:30 AM

2B: Has The Time Arrived? Advancing Early Learning and Child Care As A Profession

Memorial Hall | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 20, 2017 | 8:30 AM

2C: Building Skills for Change in PEI’s Early Learning and Child Care Sector

Mawson Hall | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 20, 2017 | 8:30 AM

2D: Transforming the Traumatized Brain

Studio 1 | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 20, 2017 | 8:30 AM

2E: Concepts of Professionalism

Studio 2 | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 20, 2017 | 8:30 AM

2F: Think About What You Do and Why You Do It

The Mack | October 20, 2017 | 8:30 AM

2G: Atelier sur la MINDFULNESS

Boardroom | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 20, 2017 | 8:30 AM

2H: The Art of Cooking with Kids

Holman Grand Hotel Conference Room 1 | October 20, 2017 | 8:30 AM

Closing Keynote: Redirecting Early Learning and Child Care's Developmental Trajectory

Homburg Theater | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 20, 2017 | 1:30 PM

Panel: What are the key ingredients to professionalizing the field and practice of ELC

Homburg Theater | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 20, 2017 | 2:45 PM

Closing Remarks

Homburg Theater | Confederation Centre of the Arts | Charlottetown PE | October 20, 2017 | 3:30 PM

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Refund Policy:

Please be aware that to receive a full refund of your registration fees, notice must be provided to the ECDA, via email, 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event. Beyond that, to receive a 50% refund of fees for a cancelled registration, appropriate documentation ie, doctor's certificate or such must be provided.