First York Book Club Meeting

Our first book club meeting took place at Monica Bissett's home in Richmond Hill on October 23, 2014. Members can join the book club at anytime by emailing us at

Below is information on the first book being explored and a link to purchase the book online at Amazon.  

A discussion board is below and members are encouraged to share their questions and comments with other members. Following each meeting, we will share our notes below as well.  

Book #1

The first book our club will explore is: Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future


It may "take a village to raise a child," but most American families are struggling, with diminishing social support, to do the job on their own. While parents work longer hours for less and the costs of childcare, healthcare, and college skyrocket, the share of the U.S. budget spent on kids has fallen 22 percent since 1960. More and more children may well not make it to a healthy, productive adulthood. That's terrible for them - and for us as well.It doesn't have to be this way. In this book, renowned expert David L. Kirp clarifies the importance of investing wisely in children. He outlines a visionary "Kids First" policy agenda that's guided by a "golden rule" principle: Every child deserves what's good enough for a child you love. And he offers lively and inspiring, on-the-ground accounts of five big cradle-to-college initiatives that can change the arc of all children's lives: strong support for parents; high-quality early education; linking schools and communities to improve what both offer children; giving all youngsters access to a caring and stable adult mentor; and providing kids a nest egg to help pay for college or kick-start a career.

        Click here to purchase this book on Amazon

Notes from Meeting of October 23, 2014

After introducing ourselves we shared our reasons for joining the club and our expectations for the club.  

- to continue involvement in a community of professionals

- professional learning

- to keep abreast of current practices

- for those retired or not working - to hear from the working community

- to provide input based on experience and knowledge

- to listen to different perspectives

- to engage with passionate professionals

- would like to read works that are relevant (Canadian content)

- want an eclectic mix of works( research, practice based etc.)

- hope to expand the number of members to include a diverse group (ie ECEs working in different areas of the field, front line, faculty, etc) to get a broader input

We then talked about the purpose of the book club as suggested by the AECEO (from the Read, Reflect, Review e bulletin)

The structure of the club was discussed and it was decided that we would try monthly or bimonthly meetings, rotate roles of facilitator and recorder and hopefully rotate meeting places to give members a chance to have meetings perhaps closer to home or work. A suggestion was made that libraries as meeting places would be appropriate. The question of how books were to be chosen arose and the suggestion was that the AECEO have a list of recommended books and the club members would reach a consensus on which books would be read.

Two of those present had read it so we decided that we would hold off discussion until the others had a chance to do so. We will cover the first two chapters of the five in our next meeting.  This book is by an American author and deals with what is happening in the United States, so we have tasked ourselves with attempting to compare and contrast with our knowledge of our Canadian experience (ie similarities and differences) as to what our key learnings could be.

The members have decided to send each other key questions and ideas that they would like to use as a format for discussion prior to our next meeting.

Below is a forum for members to share their notes and communicate with each other for the Book Club.

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  • Lena DaCosta
    commented 2014-10-30 15:48:17 -0400
    A Big Thank You to fellow member, Monica Bissett for hosting the first York Professional Book Club meeting!