Early childhood education (ECE) researchers at Capilano University (CapU) and Western University have received $2-million from the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development.
The funding will be used to launch the new role of pedagogist, an education theory and curriculum specialist across BC.
In the first phase of the project, approximately 30 pedagogists will be hired to engage early childhood educators to work with the BC Early Learning Framework and to design innovative pedagogies within their early year’s programs.
The ECPN is a key initiative within Childcare BC’s strategy to address key issues in the profession, recognize the essential role educators play in children’s lives, and support parents to work or pursue their education.
This dedicated funding for the ECPN is part of a $136-million investment over three years to help recruit and retain early childhood education workers to better meet the child care needs of B.C. families.
The ECPN is a significant step toward a unified early learning and childcare system where all B.C. children can flourish,” says Dr. Kathleen Kummen, Chair of the School of Education and Childhood Studies at Capilano University.
“It creates a situation where ECE programs can be developed within the local communities, and early childhood educators are recognized and supported as critical players in children’s education.”