The Child Care Matters to Everyone event series is presented by the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Child care really does matter to everyone and this event invites educators, service providers, parents, students, policy makers and concerned citizens to come together and discuss its importance from a variety of perspectives. The event will draw on the strengths of the community to build relationships and identify how we can work together to create the change we need for child care.

These events will be unique to each community in format and content. Local leaders and advocates will help shape the discussion and workshops will focus on navigating current developments, getting involved, and specific areas of practice that have been identified by community members.

Through these events we hope to:

  • Bring together a diverse group from sectors including child care, family resource, education sector, and community groups
  • Bring together parents, early childhood educators, local decision makers, child care programs, community college programs, and local municipal child care staff.
  • Build leadership skills and actively involve ECEs and child care staff as leaders in their field and in the community.
  • Develop local strategies to increase awareness of the benefits of licensed child care and the role played by early childhood educators.

Confirmed Speakers & Presenters:

Andrea Welz, Faculty, Sault College

Lyndsay Macdonald, National Coordinator, Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada

Carolyn Ferns, Coordinator, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

Viktoria Bitto, RECE, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

Shani Halfon, RECE, Interim Coordinator, Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario

Friday October 23, 2015 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Cafe Natura - 75 Elgin Street


Come on out for coffee, cake and a chat with the local child care community.  Get to know new leaders from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada and the Association of Early Childhood Educators.

Saturday October 24th, 2015 – 10:00am – 3:00pm

Sault College - 443 Northern Avenue 
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada P6B 4J3

9:45am – 10:00am – Registration (Native Education Centre)

10:00am – 10:20 Welcome and Introduction

10:20am - 11:20am - Workshops (session 1)

11:20am - 12:20pm - Workshops (session 2)

AM - Workshops

  • Raising our voices together: Answering tough questions about child care - Carolyn Ferns
  • Advocacy through art: Portraits of Child Care and beyond - Viktoria Bitto

12:20pm – 1:00pm – Lunch (Native Education Centre)

1:00pm - 3:00pm - Outdoor/Nature Based Programming (Native Education Centre)

  • Table Talk-Experiencing Winter Outdoors
  • Let’s Chat - Successes and Challenges since our June Outdoor/Nature Based presentation

Facilitated by: Andrea Welz

Refreshments and a boxed lunch will be served

Sault College Campus Map

If you would like to register by fax or email, download the Registration Form

Free to attend but RSVP is required - Please indicate which day(s) you wish to attend below under the heading “choose shifts”. 

If you wish to attend both Friday and Saturday, please choose both shifts.  Thank you!

This event is in collaboration with Sault College













October 24, 2015 at 9:30am - 4:30pm
Sault College
Lena DaCosta · · 416-487-3157 ext. 22
Drew Mcbride Peggy Hannah Lena DaCosta Christine Laitinen Nicole Thompson Chrystal Morden Rabecca Dumont Olivia McLean Sarah Bates Jennifer Parrella Colleen Brady Caitlyn Delaney Sarah Assinewe Supervisor Maamwe Kendaasing Child Care Centre Courtney MacKay Nicole Boissoneau Kimberly Trainor Nirali Jariwala Keturah Springall Pamela Godfrey brianna wilson Cynthia Cornish Amy Rathwell Nicole Dube Hannah Geissler Jasmine Kennedy Miranda Pezzutto Sarah MacMillan Julie-Ann Maki

Will you come?

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Fri, Oct 23: Sat, Oct 24: