Mental Health in the Early Years: Social Emotional Wellness from the Start

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In partnership with


 The Nova Scotia Child Care Association, and our sponsors, are pleased to host our third annual Mental Health in the Early Years Conference: Social Emotional Wellness from the Start.    We hope to provide practical knowledge and tools through a variety of exciting professional development opportunities aimed to support practitioners who work with our most vulnerable population and their families, children aged 0-6. 

This is a two-day conference with a special keynote presentation taking place in the evening on Friday, October 16, 2015 with the honorable Margaret Norrie McCain.  This keynote is sure to set the tone for what is going to be a weekend full of engaging professional learning.  This keynote is free of charge and open to the public.  

The Nova Scotia Child Care Association has partnered with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, IWK Health Centre, Mount Saint Vincent University, and the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation in an effort to provide practical information for professionals to use in their daily practice with young children, while stimulating the mind and recognizing the important work we do each day. This conference is intended to strengthen ties, and expand collaborations between those who work with children in the early years of life, particularly those who require additional support.

 The Nova Scotia Child Care Association welcomes stakeholders from a wide range of professions:

  • Education Professionals- Early Childhood Educators, Teachers, School Administrators, Child Care Centre Administrators
  • Directors, Professors
  • Early Interventionists, Resource Teachers, and Classroom Support Staff
  • Professionals and Clinicians in Health Care
  • Social Care Workers and Administrators
  • Policy Administrators/Policy Makers in Government
  • Researchers and Scientists
  • Judicial and Law Professionals
  • Parents and caregivers

The conference planning committee invites you to participate in this exciting opportunity. Enclosed you will find our Registration Package. We look forward to seeing you this fall!



Mount Saint Vincent University

Seton Academic Centre 

166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS  B3M 3J8

Conference Program Development Committee 
Dr. Normand Carrey
IWK Health Centre 
Kathleen Couture
Nova Scotia Child Care Association 
Bernadette Fegan
With you in Mind Consultancy 
Elaine Ferguson
Nova Scotia Child Care Association 
Carmel French
Mount Saint Vincent University 
Kelly Goulden
Executive Director, Nova Scotia Child Care Association 
Elizabeth Hessian
Certification Council of Early Childhood Educators NS 
Denise Stone
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development


Conference Package 2015 (PDF)

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