Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw is a Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education at Western University in Ontario, Canada. Her current research, within the Common World Childhoods Research Collective, traces the common world relations of children with places, materials, and other species.   She has published books, articles and book chapters on a diversity of topics relating to early childhood, including Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education (Routledge, 2017), Unsettling the Colonial Places and Spaces of Early Childhood Education (Routledge, 2015), Journeys: Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Practices (University of Toronto Press, 2014), and Flows, Rhythms, and Intensities of Early Childhood Education Curriculum (Peter Lang, 2010).  She is currently working, with Affrica Taylor, on a book entitled Children and Animals: Common World Ethics for Entangled Lives (Routledge). Email: Website:

Sylvia Kind teaches in the School of Education and Childhood Studies at Capilano University, where she is also artist-in-residence at the Children’s Centre. For the past nine years, she has engaged faculty, early childhood educators, parents, and students in long-term projects to establish an early childhood studio/research space in the Centre. Her expertise in arts-based educational research methodologies guides her practice. Her work, which explores concepts of materiality and “art as encounter,” has advanced studio art research practices and understandings in early childhood contexts.  With Veronica and Laurie, Sylvia completed the innovative art-based SSHRC-funded project Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education (2011–2014). Email:  Follow Sylvia on Instagram

Laurie Kocher is a faculty member in the School of Education and Childhood Studies at Capilano University.  Her expertise lies on the North American experience of Reggio-Emilia-inspired pedagogical practices. She coordinated UBC’s Institute of Early Childhood Education and Research, where she taught and provided support and resources to graduate students, including in their research and dissemination activities. In 2012, she brought Reggio Emilia’s world-renowned travelling art exhibition Wonder of Learning to British Columbia and organized a year of concurrent professional development initiatives.  She now directs a provincial network of Reggio-inspired teachers and college educators.  Email: