Programs and Activities Expert Corner
Supporting Emergent Bilingual Children in Early Learning: CHECKLISTYoung children’s first learning experiences outside the home often happen in child-care settings, and many children come to school as emergent bilinguals (i.e., children who are exposed to two or more languages, also known as dual language learners). Research shows that learning multiple languages is very beneficial for development, yet few early child-care educators know best practices for supporting the learning of more than one language. This checklist can help us better support children’s bilingual learning in our programs.
Intentional Inclusion For Multicultural ClassroomsIn this episode of the preschool podcast, HiMama chats with K’Sandra Earle, Associate Director of Early Learning Neighbourhood Collective (ELNC), about how to be intentional about diversity in early learning classrooms. K'Sandra shares tips on empowering teachers and involving parents to create a space that celebrates young children and their unique cultural backgrounds.
Promising Practices in Refugee EducationLaunched in March 2017, the Promising Practices in Refugee Education initiative set out to identify, document and promote innovative ways to effectively reach refugee children and young people with quality educational opportunities. On their website, you'll find thought-provoking information and ideas, case studies and reports from around the world!
Loose PartsLoose Parts presented by Carolyn Hadcock
Supporting The Settlement Of Young Immigrant Children And Their Families, by Julie Dotsch is now available online!Written by child care and diversity expert Julie Dotsch, with strategies and ideas from caregivers working in the field of newcomer child care, "Supporting the Settlement of Young Immigrant Children & their Families" builds on caregivers’ professionalism, knowledge and experience to provide a greater understanding of the new immigrant and refugee experience from a child’s and family’s perspective.
Leaping the Learning Curve: Five HR Practices that Improve Child Care AdministrationYour role as administrator is one of great responsibility—especially as it involves a program that cares for children. However, the human resource function, which can be a full time career in other industries, is usually just a part of the child care administrator’s workload. Finding the time to get up to speed, not to mention locate child care specific resources, on all the HR aspects of administration can be near impossible. Read More
Mentoring for Personal and Professional Growth with Glory ResslerHere is the first of four workshops from the 2011 Professional Development Conference for LINC Childminders. Mentoring is a powerful vehicle for personal and professional growth. Glory Ressler, from Mentoring Pairs for Child Care project, facilitates a fun and informative exploration of what mentoring is, and ways to apply mentoring.
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Six Reasons to Love Your Job!If you work with immigrant children,
1) You are leading the way in a growing professional field!
Canada welcomes 250,000 immigrants each year, including over 8,000 children and youth, speaking over 80 different languages. You work with these families each and every day. When there is a crisis in another part of the world, and refugee families arrive here in Canada, for many of them, you are their first contact!