National early learning & child care workforce development conference 2020

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10 Mar 2020 - 12:00am to 11 Mar 2020 - 12:00am
Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre
665 Dixon Road
M9W 1J3 Toronto , ON
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Let’s work together to build a stronger workforce and overcome our struggle to meet ratios!

Conference topics will include:

  • Retention of the current workforce
  • Attraction, training and career advancement
  • Local, provincial and national workforce strategies

Conference speakers & presenters will include:

  • Martha Friendly- Child Care Canada- Childcare Resource and Research Unit
  • Emily Gawlick- Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia
  • Don Giesbrecht- Canadian Child Care Federation
  • Kim Hanna- Red River College, Manitoba
  • Kim Hiscott- Andrew Fleck Children’s Services, Ottawa
  • Sonya Hooper- Early Childhood Development Association of PEI
  • Kim Kirkley- Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
  • Kelly Pasolli- Blueprint ADE

Conference goals & objectives:

  • Share promising and/or emerging practices and innovative approaches from across Canada that respond to early learning and child care workforce issues and challenges
  • Provide tools and resources for attraction, onboarding, retention, and professional development, to improve staff qualifications and service quality
  • Foster networks to address early learning and childcare workforce development and seek opportunities for new and expanded partnerships and activities

Who we are:

The Learning Enrichment Foundation and Mothercraft College of Early Childhood Education came together to develop an upgrading program for ECAs and child care practitioners to gain their ECE diploma while continuing to work. This program has been designed to build the skills needed to provide high quality care, while also filling the labour market needs of employers and reducing barriers for those currently working in the Early Learning and Child Care sector to obtain their ECE diploma. A valuable component of the project is connecting and engaging with stakeholders in other provinces to improve the sector workforce. This conference is the vehicle to bring motivated and passionate players in the sector together to share and advance strategies and approaches.

Who will benefit from attending:

  •  Training Providers: Colleges and Universities
  •  Child Care and Early Years Employers and Staff
  •  Child Care Networks and Associations
  •  Other key sector partners: academics, funders, government, etc. 

Date & time:

  • Tuesday, March 10th, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Networking Dinner: Tuesday, March 10th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 11th, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Registration & fees:

  • $250 until February 7th, 2020 (PromoCode: EarlyBird)
  • $300 from February 8th to March 4th, 2020
  • Fees include breakfast, lunch and dinner on March 10th and breakfast and lunch on March 11th


To encourage participation from across Canada, travel and accommodation subsidies are available on a first-come-first-serve basis; please inquire upon registration or email

Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program