10 Reasons to Choose Quality Early Learning and Child Care

Expert knowledge Early childhood educators are experts in child development and are trained to create inspiring learning environments!
Intentionality Early childhood educators provide your child the gift of time and attention. They will stop and explore the new flowers or jump in the mud puddles with your child.
Young at heart Early childhood educators know how to have fun! They’re not afraid to be silly and laugh with your child; all while nurturing your child’s creativity and helping to build their self-confidence.
Setting limits Every child needs reasonable boundaries, such as no playing ball inside. Early childhood educators set limits and support families in doing the same.
Love of literacy Early childhood educators read and tell stories, sing songs, and do puppet shows to inspire a love of language and to build early literacy skills.
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Confidence boost Early childhood educators provide safe opportunities for your child to be independent and to become confident in their personality and decision making skills.
Inspired learning Early childhood educators ask open-ended questions to inspire creative thought and curiosity, to encourage children to explore, and to make learning fun.
Life skills Early childhood educators use their expertise to develop programs that use play as a tool for teaching math, literacy, science and essential life skills that last for life!
Making friends Early childhood educators are educated to appropriately support children to gain social skills, which are so important in making friends and developing positive relationships!
Helping hand Everyone gets stumped by parenting from time to time - juggling schedules, demands, and behaviours. When it gets tough and you need someone to talk to, reach out to your child’s early childhood educator!
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Meet Our Team : Board of Directors

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Elizabeth Jeffery

Provincial President

Elizabeth Jeffery opened Little Wonders Early Learning Center in September of 1987. Elizabeth graduated from Holland College in 1984 and has remained active in the sector of early childhood care and education for thirty two years. Elizabeth is the current president of the board for the Early Childhood Development Association of PEI and had been a board member for the past six years. Elizabeth joined the board around the time of the advent of the PEI Preschool Excellence Initiative, when she saw that there were a lot of changes coming for the sector she is so passionate about and wanted to be a part of the process. Elizabeth’s passion is to advocate for the continued growth and development of the sector to a place where ECE’s are recognized as the professionals they are, and that the ECDA continues to offer excellent training during our P.D. days, which are the envy of the rest of our country. In her spare time Elizabeth loves to travel, scrap book, read and spend time with her family, and fur babies.

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Crystal Affleck

Secretary

Crystal is currently employed at Just for You Children’s Centre where she enjoys her adventures as a front line Early Childhood Educator. Crystal has been working in the field for 16 years and graduated from the Early Childhood Care and Education Accelerated class of 2010. Crystal joined the ECDA board of Directors in 2012 and holds the position of board secretary. She joined the board to increase her knowledge of current movements within the sector and to help work towards best practice for educators and children. Her passion lies with working with toddlers and empowering them with experiences, tools and language to navigate themselves through their little/big world! When Crystal is not at work she is a busy wife and mom to her son and daughter, Ethan and Ellena and loves spending time with them in the great outdoors.

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Elaine Vachon

Francophone Board Member

Elaine has been the director of the French Children’s Center Le Jardin des étoiles in Summerside since 2014. Twenty years ago, after graduating from Université Laval, in Quebec, she moved to England, to train as an early childhood educator, where she worked as a professional nanny and an educator. Back in Quebec, she carried on working towards the wellbeing of children as a director of the Big Brother Big Sister organization. In 2015, she joined the ECDA Board of Directors in the hopes of contributing to the development and the recognition of the field, as well as becoming a voice for the French centers. Mother of three, it seems like every minute of the day is devoted to childcare, one way or another!

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Jamie-Lynn Mosher

Board Member

Jamie is currently on Maternity leave from Parkdale Sherwood Headstart. When at Headstart she is co-educator in the 2 year old group and is very passionate about toddlers and their early learning. Jamie has been in the field for 10 years. After graduating from Holland College in 2006 she started working at Headstart and has been there ever since. She has worked with every age group from infants to kindergarten including a term as Centre Director. Jamie discovered early in her career that the toddlers were her passion. Some of Jamie's favourite things are reading aloud to children, messy play and exploring the outdoors. Jamie is currently a member at large with the board and has been on the board since 2010, joining the board around the time the PEI Preschool Excellence Initiative was being implemented. It was a great time to join the ECDA and be involved in the changes in the sector. Jamie is an avid advocate for Early Childhood and ECEs, and knows being on the ECDA Board is a great way to help ECEs across PEI with the work that they do.

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Anne Miller

Board Member

Anne Miller is celebrating her 40th year in the field of Early Childhood. She is the Director of the Eastern Kings Early Learning Academy. Anne was a Kindergarten Educator for 35 years and is now a Director of an Early Years Centre. She has a Diploma in Early Childhood Care with an additional certificate in Special Needs Education. Anne has touched the lives of hundreds of children in the Souris area...and her concern and support does not end when children leave her centre. Her advocacy for children extends throughout the community as she makes herself available as a resource to parents and families long past their involvement in the programs. Anne has been on and off the ECDA Board many times over the years as she has a keen interest in the field. She loves being part of the team and especially enjoys the current team of educators as they are actively working hard to see that members concerns are addressed and that their voice is heard.

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Melanie Cochrane

Board Member

Melanie Cochrane is an Early Childhood Educator with infants at Tiny Tot on Pope Ave. Melanie has been in the field for almost 10 years, graduating from Holland College with a 2 year diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education. Melanie joined the board in September of 2014 so that she could be more involved in the Early Childhood field as well as be better educated on things happening in the field. Melanie is passionate about this field of work and helping children get the best opportunities they can to learn. Melanie believes that what educators do with, and teach children is such an important part of their development and who they will become; she believes children deserve the best that educators have to give.

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Mandy MacNevin-Reynolds

Board Member

Mandy MacNevin-Reynolds has been a member of the PEI early childhood education field for nearly 20 years. Graduating Holland College with her ECE diploma in 2000, Mandy has worked various positions throughout the years from kindergarten teacher to SNA. But her love of working with infants has lead her to working in the infant program at Milestones EYC for the last 9 years. In 2010 she travelled to Ottawa to sit on the committee that helped develop and update Canada’s Occupational Standards for Early Childhood Educators; Infant Care. In 2013 Mandy was honoured to accept the ECDA Educating with Excellence Award. Her passion for being a voice for Island families and educators is why she joined the ECDA Board of Directors in 2014. Mandy lives in Charlottetown with her husband Alex. Together they love to travel, geocache and relax at home.

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Colleen MacKinnon-Snow

Board Member

Colleen MacKinnon- Snow currently works at Family Place, Family Resource Center in Summerside. She has been in the field for 7 years, graduating from the Early Childhood Care and Education program at Holland College in 2009. She has been on the board of directors for the Early Childhood Development Association since 2014. She joined the board to be more involved in the field and loves learning more about what she can do to support and enhance the passion of early learning with other educators. Currently she enjoys working with families in a supportive role through variety of programs, and teaching 3 and 4 year olds in a Reggio Inspired program. Her true passions are with the children and learning with them using a co-researcher and child centered approach. When she is not working with the children in her care, Colleen enjoys camping with her family, travelling to sunny destinations and the beach!

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Sarah Riehl

Board Member

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