Publications

From position papers, media and statements to articles and chapters please view a listing of publications below or visit ECPN's annual reports page.

ECPN Newsletter Issue 7: August 2022

The Here and Now: Reimagining Early Childhoods in Urgent Times

Posted On: Aug 8, 2022

Issue # 7 of the Here & Now begins by wishing our early childhood colleagues an enjoyable and restorative summer, and recognizing the seriousness currently faced by many, trying to stay safe during heat warnings and/or being confronted by painful trauma reignited by Pope Francis’ apology to survivors and families for harmful legacies wrought by the Catholic-run Residential School system. This month's Here & Now responds to an unprecedented year of federal and provincial governments making bold and necessary moves to support the creation of a nationally-funded early learning and child care (ELCC) system.

A qualitative examination of early childhood educators’ participation in professional learning

Investigating social constructionist understandings of quality

Posted On: Jul 15, 2022

This article (1) describes a model of professional learning trialed in western Canada that supports educators to engage with social constructionist scholarship on quality and (2) reports on the educators’ and pedagogical facilitators’ experiences with this model. Using a qualitative methodology, the article analyzes data from interviews, focus groups, and open-ended questionnaires completed by educators and pedagogical facilitators. The findings of this study have implications not only for the professional learning of early childhood educators but also for early education systems in Canada and abroad.

ECPN Newsletter Issue 6: May/June 2022

The Here and Now: Reimagining Early Childhoods in Urgent Times

Posted On: Jun 15, 2022

Issue #6 of the Here & Now, ECPN’s newsletter engages with Reimagining the role of ‘educating early childhood educators’ in BC. Last month’s edition of the Here & Now highlighted issues raised by ECEBC’s call to radically reimagine The Role of the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in British Columbia. This month’s issue extends this important conversation by asking: what kind of education might need to be in place to realize this new vision?

Too Academic? Too Hard to Pronounce? The Un/familiar Language of Pedagogy

Posted On: Jun 13, 2022

In working with educators and student educators, authors ECPN Co-Directors Veronica Pacini-Ketchebaw and Kathleen Kummen often hear about struggles with language. Concepts such as pedagogy, colonialism, neoliberalism, and common worlds are terms used in the BC Early Childhood Pedagogy Network (ECPN) that are often met with hesitation. They are words that do not feel “natural” to many educators, yet we see them as vital to the project of early education. In this article, we want to open a conversation by arguing that reading difficult texts is worth the struggle.

ECPN Project's Snapshot 2021 - 2022

Posted On: Apr 25, 2022

ECPN Project's Snapshot 2021 - 2022 features statistical and testimonial details that show the impacts that the network is having on early childhood education in British Columbia.

ECPN Newsletter Issue 5: Mar./Apr. 2022

The Here and Now: Reimagining Early Childhoods in Urgent Times

Posted On: Apr 15, 2022

The fifth issue of Here and Now engages with critical questions that consider a new vision of the role of the educator in connection with the role of the pedagogist, as a professional figure who walks with educators and young children along the path of reconsidering what it means to live well together within the here and now of a rapidly changing world.

The Role of the Early Childhood Educator in British Columbia

Posted On: Mar 1, 2022

"View ECEBC's position paper on the Role of the Early Childhood Educator in British Columbia. This position paper is a visionary document that disrupts and reinvents the traditional language of early childhood education. In doing so, it is intended to shift dominant narratives of early education and inspire thoughtful dialogues with early childhood educators about the lively potentialities of their evolving role." (ECEBC, 2022)

ECPN Newsletter Issue 4: Feb. 2022

The Here and Now: Reimagining Early Childhoods in Urgent Times

Posted On: Feb 15, 2022

This fourth issue from the Early Childhood Pedagogy Network responds to the BC Government’s commitment to invest $125,000 to expand the Just Be Four (Just B4) early childhood education program. The Just B4 programs are licensed BC half-day early years programs for children entering kindergarten the following year. With the introduction of this initiative, there is an opportunity to ask critical questions regarding the values that shape early childhood education policy.