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CR4YC Okanagan

Our site includes two school districts, SD53 Okanagan Similkameen, and SD67 Okanagan Skaha, early years community agencies, SenPokChin School in Oliver, Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School, and Little Paws Child Care and Preschool.

Today we met for our fourth meeting and explored the 7 facets in a variety of ways.  At each of the meetings we have collected pictures and stories of our children in each area using the strategy SEE-THINK-WONDER.

We also explored the Te Whariki Early Childhood Curriculum from New Zealand, and looked at how the big ideas connect with the
First Peoples Principles of Learning,
and used Inside-Outside Circle to talk about what we have done since time, what happened, what we learned and what we plan to do next.  

Thanks to Cindy, one of our amazing Strong Start educators for giving every person a set of emotion discs and Melia for packaging them up as beautiful Valentine gifts.

CR4YC South Vancouver Island – Site Profile

Changing Results for Young Children (CR4YC)
South Vancouver Island – Site Profile

In the South Vancouver Island region, we begin – and continue – by acknowledging that we are inquiring together on the traditional territories of many Coast Salish nations:

  • W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations (Saanich), including:
    • BOḰEĆEN – Pauquauchin Band
    • SȾÁ,UTW̱ – Tsawout Band
    • W̱JOȽEȽP – Tsartlip Band
    • W̱SÍKEM – Tseycum First Nation
  • Lkwungen Nation (Songhees)
  • Xsapsam (Esquimalt)
  • T’Sou-ke First Nation (Sooke)
  • Scia’new First Nation Beecher Bay
  • Pacheedaht First Nation

Our site includes three school districts, Greater Victoria (SD61), Sooke (SD62), Saanich (SD 63), and early years community agencies in the South Island region. Our region includes urban, rural, and remote communities, and is distinguished by our proximity to the Pacific Ocean and temperate rain forests. As we explore social emotional well-being with young children, our inquiry journey is inspired by the richness and diversity of our beautiful surroundings.

CR4YC – South Vancouver Island Key Contacts

Lower Mainland group explores quality practices

Exploring quality practices to increase the Social and Emotional
Well-Being of Young Children

Framework in the field from the Lower Mainland group kicking off CR4YC at Terra Nova Nature School

What do we see?


Resilience: Terra Nova students share their garden, create with natural loose parts and enjoy fruits from the garden.

CR4YC teachers learn from young children about nurturing independence and comfort through nature.

Lower Mainland group reflects on their experience from the day.

What did we observe about social emotional learning?




And so the data collection begins…

*tweets and documentation from Gina Wong, Vancouver @gnwong and Angela Meredith

It’s here, It’s now! A focus on Early Learning and Care in BC


BC school districts have sustained the JOY, passion and promise of CR4YR in many ways. Students and teachers continue to benefit from locally developed extensions and adaptation including more CR4YR (readers) groups, CR4AR (adolescent readers), CR4OR (other readers), CR4YW (writers), CR4YM (mathematicians) — and there are probably ore variations we haven’t heard about!

And now, a new initiative for YOUNG CHILDREN – CR4YC — bringing the joy and power of the CR4YR format and commitment to Early Childhood education: CR4YC!

CR4YC – Changing Results for Young Children is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Education and the United Way of the Lower Mainland.  Through CR4YC, Early Childhood Educators and Primary Teachers will work collaboratively to inquire into practices that support the social and emotional well-being of young children. 

The goals: 

  • Identify, explore, and apply a strengthened understanding of quality practices associated with increasing the social and emotional well-being of young children.
  • Establish and/or strengthen a culture of inquiry through the use of documentation, collaborative critical reflection, and a supportive ‘community of practice’ amongst community and school-based practitioners.

 Key practices 

  • The Image of the child
  • Pedagogical narration
  • Documentation of learning
  • Language-rich environments
  • Play-based approaches
  • Development of strong identity, including cultural knowledge and competency
    • “We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate early childhood education programs for Aboriginal families.” (Truth and Reconciliation Commission #12, call to action.)

*BC Ministry of Education.  Understanding the Early Learning Framework: from theory to practice.  

What’s happening this year?

  • Three demonstration sites
  • Each site will include 8 community-based ECEs, 8 Strong Start Facilitators, and 8 primary teachers
  • Six half-day meetings, following the CR4YR model, facilitated by Early Years experts
  • Participants will develop case-studies of individual children
  • Meeting will focus on reflection and documentation, including exploration of learning for groups of children
  • Within a shared framework, sessions tailored to local context

Who’s involved?

  • Project leads: Maureen Dockendorf (MOE) and Jeff Calbick (UWLM)
  • Resource team: Sharon Jeroski (Horizon Research); Kim Schonert-Reichl (UBC-HELP)
  • Facilitators: Alison Bledsoe, Judith King and Noralea Pilgrim
  • Each site has a team of Early Learning specialists from the districts involved

What information will be available in 2017-18? 

  • Research instruments and processes will be posted on the CR4YR research website
  • There will be project updates and links to key information and resources,  approximately monthly. They will be on the CR4YC research website
  • Brief synopses from the demonstration sites will be on the research site as they become available

What information will be available after Year 1 (June 2018)? 

  • Synthesis of the case studies
  • Summary of actions and reflections from the group discussions
  • “Advice to colleagues” from participants
  • Graphic presentations of the results
  • Research materials including surveys

Formal research reports will be available through the Ministry of Education and the United Way of the Lower Mainland in Summer/Fall 2018