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A yearly, unique event in Ontario for all service providers working on

preconception & prenatal health, and early child development and education.

Meet, share, reflect, network and be inspired!

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More pictures of the event by Bill Ivy available here

In the words of our 2019 attendees

"One of the best conferences I have attended in 20 years!"

"I wrote down many notes to share with parents!"

"I like how the conference covered many topics health based as well as early learning based."

"The knowledge and the resources I acquired via the breakout sessions has greatly increased my confidence to provide evidence-informed-decision-making with the vulnerable families I serve."

"Thank you for putting together such a excellent event. I have been an ECE for 12 years and felt rejuvenated to teach again after the conference."

"Enjoyable every year. Excellent chance to network and get ideas of how other agencies in other areas run and the obstacles they overcome with families. Indigenous evening networking event is an amazing way to connect with others"

"Everything was perfect. Great topics and opportunity to network with so many colleagues and various disciplines of people."

"The guest speakers were amazing, they all were very knowledgeable and great speakers"

"I left the concurrent session feeling very enthusiastic about supporting my families that have stuggles in their parenting, children, relationships. I have already shared some of that knowledge with the families."

The conference took place:

Pre-Conference: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Main Conference: Wednesday, February 13 and Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

801 Dixon Road

Toronto, ON  M9W 1J5

Telephone: 1-416-675-6100




Who attended?


  • Almost 400 service providers
  • Roughly 10% of them francophones

Traditional Land Acknowledgement

Picture of the Wampum BeltThe Best Start 2019 Conference was located on the historical territory of the Wendat, Petun, Seneca and, most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations. This territory is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the lands and resources around the Great Lakes. Today, the GTA is the home of many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to host our 2019 Conference in this territory.







The conference was on Twitter: #BSRC2019