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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Welcome, Community

It takes a village to raise a child! The Early Childhood Development Association believes in partnering with educators, families, community, business, policy makers and government to inspire positive outcomes and healthy child development for PEI's youngest citizens. 

An accessible and high quality early learning system not only benefits our Island's children, it is essential to the future of our society. As the world changes, Islanders gain access to new opportunities – and meet new challenges. Through a high-quality early learning and child care system, we are making greatly important investments in our province’s future. 

The ECDA partners with many organizations and members of the community to ensure the children of PEI have a thorough, supportive network. We work with: 

  • Provincial and Federal Government bodies such as the Department of Education Early Learning and Culture, Skills PEI and Health PEI;
  • Other local not-for-profit organizations such as the Healthy Eating Alliance the PEI Literacy Alliance; 
  • Training and educational bodies including UPEI, Collège Acadie and Holland College; 
  • Countless experts in varying fields who provide workshops for our members; 
  • Family support programs like Handle with Care and the Fédération des Parents; 
  • Local businesses Owl's Hollow, Michaels, Spa Total Fitness Centre, Stretch Fitness, Island Optical & Eyecare, Drs. Hickey Burke & Associates; 
  • Service providers The Co-operators and Manulife; 
  • Our national counterpart Canadian Child Care Federation;
  • and all of our provincial counterparts across Canada
  • ...to name a few!

In recognizing the value of community partnerships and unity, the ECDA is pleased to provide a variety of membership options for your participation. Membership with the Early Childhood Development Association is open to any person involved or interested in early childhood development and helping Prince Edward Island families make the early years count. 

We invite you to browse through our site for upcoming events, current research, career opportunities in the ELCC field, and partnership options. If you are not yet a member of the ECDA, we invite you to join us!

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