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Bachelor of Early Learning and Community Development


Leslie Kopf - Johnson, Program Coordinator and Professor

Leslie earned her undergraduate degree in Child Studies at the University of Guelph, elementary school teaching credentials from the University of Alberta, and a Master’s of Education from the University of Ottawa. She is a PhD candidate in Early Learning through OISE, University of Toronto.

As a council member for the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE) she was involved in the development of the CECE Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. She has co-authored a book on School-age Care in Canada.

Carlos Pereira, Program Coordinator and Professor

Carlos Pereira has a B.A. in developmental psychology from Carleton University, a diploma in Early Childhood Education from Algonquin College, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Ottawa and is currently working on completing his Ph.D. thesis in Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto.

Carlos has held a number of roles in the ECE field for the last 25 years and is currently an educator at Algonquin College a where he works with children and students of all ages.

Kim Hiscott - Executive Director @ Andrew Fleck Child Care Services.

Kim Hiscott is the Executive Director of Andrew Fleck Child Care Services. A registered Early Childhood Educator with more than 30 years of experience, Kim has developed broad community connections and has assumed multiple leadership roles.

Throughout her career she has participated on numerous boards, committees, and projects related to the children’s services sector. Currently, Kim is a member of the board, Licensed Home Child Care Association.

Program Overview

The early childhood education sector is evolving to address the growing recognition of the importance of early learning. This has resulted in a need to develop, implement and create sustainable community-based family support systems and programs in early learning. Hand-in-hand with this is the ongoing need to provide quality programs for young children within a variety of educational settings.

Webinar FAQs

What's a Webinar?

A webinar is an online, interactive presentation where you get to learn about Algonquin College programs directly from the faculty that built them, and the students that are currently in them. Ask questions and chat with other participants, all from the comfort of your own home. The best part - it's totally free!

What will they cover?

Every webinar is unique, but we always strive to cover four main points: what is the program like, what does it take to achieve success in the program, what kind of career opportunities are available, and what makes the program unique.

What happens if I can't attend?

We won't hold anything against you if something pops up on the day of the webinar. We are recording the session and will send you a recording and presentation deck after the webinar. Even if you know you can't make it that day, register to ensure you get the recording!

Will this show me job opportunities?

We know this is important to anyone coming to post-secondary education. We put a substantial amount of time showing you how this program helps you develop your career, and the potential jobs you could land with the program on your resume. We also cover any placement or co-op options available in the program.

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