On behalf of the UBC Early Childhood Education Program and the Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research, we extend a warm welcome to all attendees of the SPARK: The Early Years Conference. SPARK 2017 – an inaugural conference — was conceived and developed by a dedicated team of UBC graduate students, and it has been their intention from the outset to bring together people interested and invested in the field of early childhood. Your presence at and participation in this conference is the culmination of their vision and hard work, and we are delighted to welcome conference participants representing a wide range of professional and educational backgrounds from across Canada and beyond.

We’re very excited also to welcome the keynote presenter, Dr. Peter Moss, from the U.K. We are sure you’ll find his ideas stimulating and thought-provoking, and we suspect they may cause you to “listen to children” in new ways.

To those of you who have traveled here from near or far: We hope you enjoy this beautiful campus in springtime. Welcome to SPARK 2017!

Janet R. Jamieson, Ph.D
Director, UBC Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research

Margot Filipenko, Ph.D
Director, UBC Early Childhood Education Program