Community Based Development Projects
CCCNS continues to address the needs and priorities addressed by the sector
through several provincial and national projects. These include:
- Linking Licensing to Quality Child Care: In 2004-2005,
with funding from Social Development Partnerships of Human Resources
Development Canada, Child
Connection Nova Scotia and the Provincial and Territorial Directors of
Child Care/ Early Childhood Development Services are examining ways that provincial/
territorial governments are initiating and supporting activities which
regulated child care programs. The project will result in development of
materials and resources that will clarify aspects of the licensing process for
The project began in December 2003, and will run until March 2006. For
more information on this project, contact Child Care Connection Nova Scotia at
423-8199 or 1-800-565-8199 (Atlantic Canada), or e-mail us at email@example.com.
- A Best Practice Framework for Licensing Child Care Facilities
in Canada: Child Care Connection Nova Scotia and the Provincial and
of Child Care/ Early Childhood Development Services explored the role of
regulation within a framework that supports good outcomes for children.
with licensing professionals and licensees, the project has developed a job
description and competency profile, identified training requirements, and
developed training modules for complaint investigation and enhancement
skills for licensing
professionals. This project has developed a framework that includes both
government regulation (licensing standards) and sector self regulation
(standards of practice),
identifying the roles each play in ensuring good outcomes for children. Funding
was provided by Social Development partnerships of Human resources Development
Canada. The resulting materials are available at the Child Care Connection
Nova Scotia office.
- Toward a Best Practices Framework for Licensing Child Care
a study of the practice of licensing child care facilities in the provinces and
Research partner was the Provincial and Territorial Directors of Child Care
Group. Funding partner: Child Care Programs of Human Resources Development
- A study of the Licensed Operator (Owners and Boards) of Child Care Facilities
in Canada, a study of the incorporation and day care act legislation pertaining
to the role of the Licensed Operator. A best practices model was developed
and resources produced. Research partner: Tammy McCormick Ferguson, Early
Childhood Community Development Centre, St Catharines, ON. Funding partner: Child
Programs of Human Resources Development Canada. A web page of resources for owners and boards was developed as part of the project.
- Mentoring in Field Practice of ECE Training Programs, utilized a community
based development approach to implement the Partners In Practice mentoring
model into field practice and child care organizations. A workbook was developed
and piloted. Plans that were developed in the workbook pilot were implemented
and evaluated. Research partners: Carmella Singleton, College of the North
Atlantic ECE program; Allison Soave, Niagara College of applied arts, ECE
Program; and Tammy McCormick Ferguson, Early Childhood Community Development
St Catharines, ON. Funding partner: Child Care Programs of Human Resources
- Partners In Practice: Successful Canadian Mentoring Programs, a project
researching ways to support the mentoring process in child care. Research is
at three sites, Niagara, St. John's and Halifax. Administers the whole project,
conducts research at the Halifax site, builds the model and writes in collaborating
with the project research team. Research partners: Carmella Singleton, College
of the North Atlantic ECE program; Allison Soave, Niagara College of applied
arts, ECE Program; and Tammy McCormick Ferguson, Early Childhood Community
Development Centre, St Catharines, ON. Funding partner: Child Care Programs
of Human Resources Development Canada.
Child Care Substitute Youth Internship Project: Secretary of State for Training & Youth,
Canada Employment of Human Resources Development- 1996/97. Conceptualized,
designed and operationalized the project, including instruction modules,
evaluation systems and processes, scheduling, coordination of education,
bridge curricula, liaison with Canada Employment and community agencies.
Funding partner: Youth Secretariat and Canada Employment.
- Child Care Administrator Certification Pilot. Conceptualized, designed
and operationalized the project, including instruction modules, evaluation
systems and processes and scheduling. Oversaw the development and operationalizing
of a data collection component that will be the foundation for
of standards. Funding partner: Child Care Programs of Human Resources
- Child Care Administrator Credentialing Development Paper, 1996/97. Research
into the credentialing processes and work descriptions of child care administrators
in the provinces and territories. Paper includes what exists, what is missing
and possibilities and realities for a national child care administrator credentialing
system. Funding partner: Child Care Programs of Human Resources Development
- Child Care Professional Project: This three year project was to explore
what vehicles and structures need to be in place for child care
to be recognized as a profession. The findings are documented in Child
a booklet summarizing the accomplishments of the three year
including a code of ethics; career structure; a model of
the child care delivery system in Nova Scotia; accreditation principles;
and the Child Care Professional
Association Development Society. Funding partner: Child Care
Programs of Human Resources Development Canada .
Challenge-Summer Employment and Experience Program: Canada Employment. Needs
Assessment; Salary & Working Conditions Survey; Survey of Non Profit Child
Care Centres; Resource and Referral System for families seeking Child Care;
Code of Ethics for Licensed Operators- Owners & Boards of Directors;
Inventory of child care administrator professional development opportunities,
child care work, and Child Care Referral service on the Internet. Funding
partner: Canada Employment.
Anti-Bias Project- NS Day Care Services, 1993-1995- two year project to develop
strategies for child care personnel to provide non-biased programs to children.
Anti-bias is related to race, religion, ability, gender, ethnicity, class,
culture and sexual orientation. Included in the project were workshops, resources
and newsletter articles addressing racism, developing anti-racism policies,
inclusion, multiculturalism, anti bias education; and acceptance of diversity.
Funding partner: Prevention & Child Care Services, NS Department of Community
Community Health Promotion Grant of Nova Scotia Department
of Health, 1993. "Managing
Stress In Child Care", a tool designed using the Delphi technique to
identify the causes of stress in child care in Halifax.