July 13-15, 2012: International Innovations in ECE: A Canadian Forum on Early Childhood Frameworks PDF Print E-mail

From July 13-15, 2012, the Unit for Early Years Research and Development hosted the conference, International Innovations in ECE: A Canadian Forum on Early Childhood Frameworks at the University of Victoria.

This conference, the first of its kind in Canada, generated tremendous interest within the Canadian early years field. The conference, which reached full capacity within the early bird registration period, featured over 120 presentations, workshops, and themed panels by early years practitioners, researchers, instructors, advocates, policy makers, and graduate students. Over 350 people, with representation from every Canadian province and terriitory, attended the conference. The conference also brought renowned early childhood leaders from Italy (Reggio Emilia), New Zealand, and Australia to Victoria, British Columbia for learning, sharing, and planning ways forward for Canada's young children and families.


Investigating Quality (IQ) Project Learning & Sharing Circles 2010-2011 PDF Print E-mail

Thanks to funding from the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Unit is pleased to announce a new series of Learning Circles which is taking place between September, 2010 and April 2011.

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January 18-22, 2010: Experiences in Moving Beyond Minimum Standards PDF Print E-mail

On January 18th to 22nd, 2010, Drs. Alan Pence and Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw hosted the Unit’s 10th forum, Experiences in Moving Beyond Minimum Standards: A Vision for Early Learning and Childcare. Special guests Dr. Margaret Carr (New Zealand), Professor Peter Moss (England), and Dr. Charles Pascal (Ontario) engaged in discussions with government officials and staff from various ministries regarding initiating change and innovation in the delivery of early childhood services.

May 25-26, 2009: University of Victoria Early Years Institute PDF Print E-mail

On May 25-26, 2009, the Unit hosted the University of Victoria Early Years Institute, part of a series of activities undertaken through the Investigating Quality Project, co-directed by Dr. Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Dr. Alan Pence. The Institute allowed participants to engage in discussions with some of the most creative thinkers currently working internationally in early childhood education and care pedagogy. The keynote speakers, along with workshop presenters, brought a wide range of experience from around the world in the areas of practice, training, policy, research and professional development.


February 6, 2009: International Research Day PDF Print E-mail

On February 6, 2009, the Unit, along with REACH, hosted an International Research Day at the University of Victoria. At this forum, researchers presented and discussed findings relating to the health and well-being of children and youth around the globe.