Celebrating Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 is Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day. The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) encourages the community to show their support of the child care profession and the educators that support their families.

“On behalf of the Board, I extend my deepest gratitude to child care workers and early learning heroes across the District for all you do to enrich the lives of children. Early childhood education is vital to the development of young minds and these professionals deserve our admiration and respect. Thank you for helping our children to explore and engage with the world around them.” – Lucy Kloosterhuis, Board Chair, TBDSSAB

“Child care and early years programs are critical to the success of our communities, and it’s important that we acknowledge that and show our appreciation. Being a child care professional is not easy—especially with the ups and downs faced in the last couple of years. It takes a big heart and dedication to support the development of children in the early years. Child care professionals should know that their commitment to families and children is appreciated.” – Bill Bradica, CAO, TBDSSAB

In recognition of Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day, TBDSSAB would like to thank all the child care and early years professionals across The District of Thunder Bay for their commitment to serving families and children. Thank you for fostering a sense of wellbeing, curiosity, and belonging in our children, and for giving them the tools to learn from the world around them.

If you know someone who works within the child care profession or is an educator to your child(ren), please take the time to say a special thank you. Encourage children to decide how they’d like to show their appreciation.

Virtual Tour with Waabogonee!

Are you curious about other early learning environments?  

Do you want to learn about what is happening in our community?  

Then join in on our virtual tours!!! 

On Thursday October 13, 2022 from 2-3PM the incredible educators from Waabogonee EarlyON Centre are inviting us to join them for a virtual tour of their EarlyON centre! Rhonda, Nicole and Jade will share some of the many strengths of their programs, including the indoor and outdoor play spaces, stories from families, documentation, cultural teachings, and so much more! 

We will come together for approximately one hour, and Waabogonee staff will share with us: 

  • Land Acknowledgement  
  • Pre-recorded video presentation 
  • PowerPoint 
  • Q&As & Discussion Period 

We welcome you to join us and become inspired by these incredible educators. To sign up, please complete the registration form HERE!

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in showcasing your program, e-mail us at early.years@tbdssab.ca! 

Early Years gala!

We are excited to invite you to this year’s appreciation event, Early Years’ Gala: Celebrating the ProfessionWe 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 reserve your seat! RSVP today!!

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!

For more information about this highly anticipated event please visit HERE!

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!!

Parent Engagement/ Engagement des parents

English – Inviting Parent Involvement in Early Years Programs
French – Inviter les parents à participer aux programmes pour la petite enfance

In this video, Gilles Cantin talks about how educators can support parents and caregivers to be active contributors in their child’s learning. Share your questions and key takeaways in the comments below.