Inclusion/ Inclusion

English – Establishing an Environment that Works for All Children
French – Créer un environnement qui convient à tous les enfants

In this video, Donna Lero and Kathy Brophy discuss how to foster inclusive environments that support children’s individual needs and build on their strengths. After watching, tell us what stood out to you in the comments below.

Early Years’ Gala

We are excited to invite you to this year’s appreciation event, Early Years’ Gala: Celebrating the Profession! We encourage you to get dressed up and join us on the red carpet for an evening full of great food, good company, and a whole lot of fun!!

Click HERE to RSVP and reserve your seat!

This invitation is for all TBDSSAB-funded child care and EarlyON programs, as well as the special needs resourcing team at CCTB. Please share this INVITATION with your colleagues – they won’t want to miss out!!

CCEY Professional Learning Survey

The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) is conducting a survey to gather information to help with planning professional learning for the Child Care and Early Years (CCEY) sector.

Your feedback is important to us! This anonymous and confidential survey is being distributed to all people who are currently working in TBDSSAB-funded early years programs. Please share this survey with all staff in your program. HERE is a poster than can be printed and posted in your staff room.

We will use the information we gather to create retention and professional learning strategies that will have an impact on all those in the sector presently and in the future.

As a thank you for completing the survey, we will be holding a draw for five gift baskets valued at $50 each. You will be provided a link at the end of the survey where you can enter your contact information for the draw. Your contact information will not be associated with your survey responses in any way.

The survey and draw are completely anonymous and voluntary, and the results will assist us in improving our programs and services. The results will be shared with service providers and posted on our website (www.tbdssab.ca) later in 2022. Please complete the survey by 4:30pm on June 17, 2022.

Link to Survey (English & French): https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/CCEYProfessionalLearning

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You may decline to answer any question included in the survey. If you have any questions, please contact Carole Lem, Communications & Engagement Officer at Carole.Lem@tbdssab.ca or (807) 766-4219.

Update: TBDHU- Children Involved in Handling Food in Child Care

We have received some exciting news that programs may once again allow children to assist in preparing and handling food!

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit wishes to remind programs to adhere to the Guidelines for Food Handling for Children   Please share this resource with your colleagues!

We know that our programs have missed these engaging opportunities for children and how important food preparation can be for fostering the Four Foundations! We can’t wait to hear about your cooking adventures.

For any further questions, feel free to reach out to the Public Health Inspector, whose phone number can be found at the bottom of the link to the guidelines document.

Call to Action

Now that February has come to an end, it’s important to consider how to continue combating anti-Black racism all year long. Below is some information from the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion on how to be a better ally to Black communities.

Call to Action

Source: Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion Sustaining the Black Lives Matter Movement in the Workplace toolkit (2021)

Non-Black employees can sustain the BLM movement by striving to be allies to Black employees. Allies actively seek to understand, earn trust, continuously educate themselves and show accountability for their mistakes and repair work relationships when harm has been done.

Part of being an ally is acknowledging your privilege and using it to support others. One way to begin this journey is by asking yourself:

  • What privilege do I have because of my race, education, gender, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic background, etc.?
  • How can I use that privilege to support/amplify colleagues?
  • Are there opportunities in my workplace to listen to the lived experience of Black colleagues? If not, how can I support/advocate for the creation of these spaces?
  • What educational initiatives can I participate in/start to promote diversity and inclusion at my workplace?
  • What can I do to be an agent of change within my spheres of influence?

Want more tips? Click Here to Download the Toolkit

A Night to Remember!

Trivia Night was a HOOT, led by your very own…  

MACARONI MEGAN 

ALEX LASAGNE 

annnd JODI FETTUCINI!!​ 

Thank you so much to all who came out to have some fun with us. Participants went head-to-head for 3 main Kahoots – Child Care and Early Years Trivia, Local Landmarks, and Community Partner Logos. It quickly became clear that Jocelyne is the Kahoot Trivia extraordinaire!!  …but everyone was a winner because of the fun and laughs we had together! And nobody will forget all of our pasta-tively amazing jokes… 

Where did the spaghetti go to dance?  

The meatball! 

 The winners took home the following prizes:  

Let us know what types of prizes you would like to win at our next FUN EVENT in the comments below.  

Don’t be upsetti-spaghetti if you missed out on this incredible experience, there will be more fun to come… including, BINGO NIGHT! Join us on Thursday, April 21 for BINGO! We will have more awesome prizes, and maybe even some NEW JOKES! 

Please let us know in the comments below what other type of events you would like to see. Our participants shared some awesome pasta-bilities with us last night – draw-a-saurus, scattergories, karaoke, and more! Help us decide what to plan next.