Early Learning & Child Care Resources

Celebrating Pride Month through Children’s Books

Happy Pride Month! June is Pride Month in Canada, a time to celebrate diversity and LGBTQ communities.
 
In celebration of Pride Month we wanted to share with you some wonderful children’s books that highlight LGBTQ+ stories that speak of acceptance and unconditional love. No matter what your family looks like, all children should see themselves reflected in the stories we read. Imagine as a child not seeing your family or feelings reflected in the books that were read to you.
 
Books about diverse families, gender identities and pride can help teach children a positive message about acceptance, self-love, kindness and embracing differences. These books are meant for all children so they can be introduced to families and identities that are not the same as what they know or live. As well, these books are for those children that will recognize themselves or family in the pages and can then fully embrace themselves.
 
Note: these books are meant to be shared all year long, not just during Pride Month.
Some great books to share with all children:
(These 5 are available in our Early Childhood Resource Library to subscribers)
  • Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
  • The Family Book by Todd Parr
  • 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
  • ABC A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs
  • Daddy, Papa and Me by Leslea Newman
 
Books for older children:
  • A Kids Book About Gender by Dale Mueller
  • Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders
  • Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution by Rob Sanders
Other wonderful books to share with children include:
  • Red, A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
  • Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Austrian
  • Mommy, Mama and Me by Leslea Newman
  • This Day in June by Gayle Pitman
  • Harriet Get Carried Away by Jessie Sima
  • When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff
  • Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman
  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
  • Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
  • I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings
  • Families Belong by Dan Saks

Evaluation of Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy

Evaluation of ECL Recruitment and Retention Strategy: Final Evaluation Benchmarking Report

With feedback from over 2,700 early care and learning professionals and other data, there is an emerging picture of the state of the child care workforce in BC. Find out more in the Evaluation of ECL Recruitment and Retention Strategy: Final Evaluation Benchmarking Report. Reformatted 27 August 2020….

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Delta Child Care Strategy and Action Plan

Delta Council recently approved a Childcare Strategy and Action Plan that enables City Council and staff to work with community partners and stakeholders to develop specific actions aimed at increasing childcare accessibility and affordability in our community.
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BC-Canada Early Learning and Child Care Agreement

In February 2018, the Government of British Columbia (B.C.) and the Government of Canada signed the Canada-BC Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Agreement (the Agreement), which provides the Province of B.C. with approximately $155.6 million over three years for the purpose of enhancing its early care and learning system.

Download the agreement here.

BC Early Learning Framework

B.C.’s Early Learning Framework guides and supports early childhood educators, primary school teachers, principals and vice-principals, college and university educators and researchers, post-secondary students in early childhood and elementary education programs, StrongStart BC facilitators, other early years professionals, communities, governments and families.

The Framework establishes a vision for respectfully living and learning together. It supports the rich early learning experiences of children, provides a focal point for dialogue among British Columbians, and creates a common language and greater understanding of the vital importance of early learning for all young children.

The Early Learning Framework applies to all learning environments, from StrongStart BC programs and primary classrooms to child care settings, preschools and other early childhood development or child health programs

For more information download a copy of the Early Learning Framework.

Child Care B.C. – Caring for Kids, Lifting up Families

Information from the BC Budget 2018 outlining the Government of British Columbia’s child care plan.
To read more about the plan please visit the Child Care BC plan website.
To learn more about the following click on the highlighted words.
Child Care BC Maintenance Fund
Child Care Operating Funding program 
View the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative – Provider Opt-In Status list
Child Care BC New Spaces Fund
Start-up Grants
Universal Child Care Prototype Sites
Affordable Child Care Benefit Service Provider Portal
Wage Enhancement for Early Childhood Educators
Community Child Care Space Creation Program

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