Training & Education

The Provincial Office of Aboriginal Supported Child Development is committed to leading the coordination of professional development opportunities for ASCD professionals in collaboration with ASCD Regional Advisors and professional development associations for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ECD service providers who work with Aboriginal families and communities.





Click here to visit the Early Years Professional Development website to find training and education opportunities.




For Program Funding from the BCCF:

If you offer Parent-Child Mother Goose, Nobody's Perfect Parenting or My Tween and Me programs anywhere in BC, we invite you to apply for program funding. 

The BC Council for Families is providing contracts of up to $1,000* to help agencies deliver these important family support programs – in-person or online – so that families can receive the support they need to grow and thrive. To apply, please review the application instructions, download and fill out the application form and email it to the program coordinator by November 5th, 2021. 
Download the Application Form
*Made possible thanks to a British Columbia Community Gaming Grant. If you currently already receive gaming funds for these programs, you are not eligible

Click here for Live Virtual Workshops for professionals and parents.
These incude:
Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program
Stress Awareness and Self-Regulation for Ourselves and Our Children
Boundary Practice
Mother's Mental Health

and more! 


Bringing Tradition Home:
Aboriginal Parenting in Today’s World – Facilitator Training
Date: March 11, 2022
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM PST
Location: Online
Cost: $25.00
Professional Development Hours: 5
Bringing Tradition Home (BTH) is a traditional  Aboriginal parenting program designed upon  traditional values. This workshop is designed as a facilitator training and will work with participants to consider how best to deliver the BTH parenting program in their own community. The training will also review ways to provide support and guidance to parents as they gain skills for supporting the development of young children.


Supporting Children by Being Present
Date: March 15, 2022
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $15.00
Professional Development Hours: 1.5

Given the current stress of the pandemic and a world of screens, emails, text messages, social media, and multitasking, it can be hard to be present for our little ones. This workshop explores an Indigenous approach to being present, especially in relation to educators and families caring for children. This workshop will include a smudging ceremony. 

Participants will be able to earn 1.5 hour(s) professional development credit(s) for attending this program.


 Supporting Children's Language Development During the Pandemic
Date: March 22, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $15.00
Professional Development Hours: 2

The pandemic has affected the lives of children in many ways. The impact on children’s speech, language and communication is still being evaluated. We will discuss the impact of social distancing, mask wearing and other safety measures, as well as strategies and activities to foster child development and help children develop strong language skill.

Participants will be able to earn 2 hour(s) professional development credit(s) for attending this program.


Making the Most of Moe®
Date: March 25, 2022
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (PST)
Location: Online
Cost: $25.00 
Professional Development Hours: 5
In this workshop educators are shown how to use the Moe the Mouse® Curriculum Box. The basics of speech and language development in young children, strategies for supporting children’s speech and language development, and strategies for supporting children with speech and language delays in childcare, preschool, and home settings are reviewed.

Participants will be able to earn 5 hour(s) professional development credit(s) for attending this workshop.



UBC Preventing Food Allergies in InfantsL Early Introduction to Allergenic Solids

E Learning Course

This interactive online course is designed to give clinicians the knowledge and skills required to educate and support families in the safe introduction of allergenic foods to infants. It includes videos, interactives, communication strategies and resources for both clinicians and families, all based on the most recent and up-to-date research.

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Social Media in the Lives of Young Children
Date: March 17, 2022
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $15.00
Professional Development Hours: 1.5

Media can have a positive impact on children: increasing connection with others, educating while entertaining. However, it can also have negative consequences: social comparison, online addiction, isolation, depression and anxiety. How do we make critical decisions about our children's consumption of media? There are now decades of research from which we can build a robust road map. This workshop will draw upon the relevant research for young children to help guide you. You will gain strategies for promoting a safer, healthier, and enlivened media environment for your children that will also help build stronger families and communities. 

Participants will be able to earn 1.5 hour(s) professional development credit(s) for attending this program.



ACT Autism Community Training 

ACT has developed a new ongoing bursary initiative to provide free registration for our training programs. This has been developed for Indigenous organizations and Indigenous families supporting a child or children with autism or related conditions, or other support need, as a practical way of offering training and building capacity. Both status and non-status family members are eligible. Professionals must be an employee of an Indigenous organization. Each person applying should fill in the online bursary application form. If this presents difficulties, or you have questions, please contact ACT at or toll-free: 1-866-939-5188.  


[Please note that we have other bursary opportunities for low-income applicants but the deadline for the general bursary program for this event has passed.]

ACT- Autism Community Training provides information and training relevant to the autism community internationally. Based in British Columbia, Canada, ACT develops a wide-range of positive and practical information on everything from sleep problems and diet, to core issues such as diagnosis and aspects of intervention, including information on setting up intervention programs. These resources are free and are available online without a password requirement.

Science of Early Child Development (SECD)
SECD is a knowledge translation and mobilization initiative designed to make current research accessible to anyone interested in learning more about the impact of early experience on lifelong health and well-being. Beginning as a tool to help share the emerging science about early brain development, SECD now offers a suite  of online and offline media-rich  educational resources with examples of research and programmes from around the world. SECD has been developed at Red River College in Canada in partnership with the University of Toronto and the Aga Khan Development Network. 

Infant Mental Health Promotion
Infant Mental Health Promotion offers a variety of specialized learning and education opportunities to support multidisciplinary service providers working with infants and caregivers as a means of enhancing quality care. 

NEYC (childcare and early learning)
NAEYC’s online professional development introduces early childhood educators to core ideas from NAEYC’s position statements, books, journals and more. Designed with busy educators in mind, our online resources provide self-paced, interactive learning that connects professional knowledge to daily practice through practical strategies that bolster best instructional approaches.

Care Courses British Columbia
Care Courses are accepted for British Columbia's 40-hour professional development requirement for renewing an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) License. Click here
Need your 20 Hour Responsible Adult Training? The courses in our Responsible Adult Training course bundle are accepted for British Columbia's 20 Hour Responsible Adult Training Requirement. The bundle covers the following areas: child development; guidance; and health, safety, and nutrition.

 Metis Early Childhood Education Funding
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Starr Commonwealth Courses
Online virtual trainings

Institute of child Psychology 
Workshops, webinars, corporate training, and professional consultation.

The University of British Columbia
Faculty of Education
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1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: (604) 822-2013
Fax: (604) 822-2015

EPSE 348: Family-Centred Practice for Children with Special Needs (3.0)

Evaluation is based out of 100 marks
Assignments include group discussions and case studies to incorporate the principles of the lessons. Students will practice applying the learned strategies and principles to decision making and supporting families and children with special needs in the case studies. Each case study will become incrementally more challenging as the lessons progress. 5 assignments = a total of 95 marks Group discussions = 5 marks

EPSE 406: Typical and Atypical Development in Infants and Children Course Outline (3.0)

Evaluation: 5 assignments for a total of 100 marks: Assignment 1 15 marks; Assignment 2 20 marks; Assignment 3 10 marks; Assignment 4 15 marks; Assignment 5 40 marks

EPSE 420: Assessment of Infants and Young Children with Special Needs Course Outline (3.0)

Evaluation: Assignments: Based on 100 marks: 2 quizzes =10 marks; 3 chat rooms = 15 marks; 1 think and respond = 5 marks; 5 assignments = 70 marks

EPSE 440: Supporting Social and Communication Development in Infants and Young Children with Special Needs Course Outline (3.0)

Evaluation: Assignments: 5 short Think & Respond exercises (10% each for a total of 50%); One case study with 3 parts (15%, 15%, 20% for a total of 50%)

EPSE 441: Early Intervention for Infants and Young Children with Sensory Loss and Motor Impairments (Prerequisites, All of EPSE 348, 406 and 420)

Evaluation: Assignments: 7 (total of 70 marks) Quizzes = 2 (total of 30 marks)

Some YouTube treasures:

Vanessa Lapointe - Anxiety (2015)

Dr. Temple Grandin: The Autistic Brain

Brene Brown (all of her videos are fabulous for communication and relationship building

Websites to review
Dr. Linda O'Neill (research and ACES information

 Dr.Martin Brokenleg (resilience, identity,)

Dr. Bruce Perry (there is a section on his website with video interviews)

Teacher Tom