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.

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.

Virtual tour with Abiinojiishiik-amino-yawook!

On behalf of the Child Care and Early Years team at TBDSSAB we want to say Chi Miigwetch to the incredible team at Abiinojiishiik-amino-yawook EarlyON Child and Family Centre. On Tuesday March 29th Sarah, Jennifer, Sabrina and Erica took us on a journey through their program during our first ever virtual tour gathering!  They offered insight into who they are, their journey with embracing and implementing Indigenous culture into their programs and the special ways that make their team unique in our community! Through their insightful video, and the wholesome discussion period, we were able to learn alongside educators within our community and embrace the perspectives they bring to our Early Years field!

We are looking forward to our upcoming tours which will be happening throughout the Spring and Fall, stay tuned for updates! If you are interested in showcasing your program through a virtual tour, please let us know by emailing early.years@tbdssab.ca!

You can find the RECORDING LINK HERE! Please share your thoughts, reflections and questions in the comment section!😊

Miigwetch and Baamaapii!

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You’re A Superstar!

We want to recognize and celebrate all of the incredible people that are working to support child care and early years — you included! Please take a moment to tell us a bit about yourself so that we can feature you on our Child Care and Early Years’ Portal.

Click HERE to complete the form and receive a SUPERSTAR shoutout on the Portal!

Please join us!

We are excited to be collaborating with some of our local service providers to offer Virtual Tours of your early learning spaces. This will be an opportunity for programs to share their strengths and the incredible work that they do for the children and families in our District. What brings you joy in your program? We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in giving a tour of their environments, services, or share how you practice Early Childhood Education in your settings.

These tours will be less than an hour with some time at the end for questions and conversation. The format of the tour is up to you. For example, we can go live, pre-record videos, create a PowerPoint, present pedagogical documentation, or any other format you can imagine!  

Do you need a better understanding before diving in?! Join us for our first tour with Abiinojiishiik-amino-yawook EarlyON Centre on Tuesday, March 29 from 10-11am!

Our hope is to share all of your beautiful spaces. Let us know if you are interested by e-mailing us at early.years@tbdssab.ca!   

Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Black history in Canada has not always been celebrated or highlighted. Though this month is an important time to reflect on, learn about, and address anti-black racism, it is also an important time to recognize and celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today.

Black History Month offers an important opportunity to celebrate and amplify Black voices while continuing to address racism and embrace anti-racism in our lives. There are many ways we can celebrate Black Canadians everyday – including supporting Black-owned businesses, immersing yourself in storytelling and culture while supporting Black storytellers, and learning more about the rich history and contributions of Black Canadians.

If you’re not quite sure where to start, here are some suggestions:

For more information about Black History Month in Canada, visit: