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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Melanie Cochrane

Provincial President

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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Elaine Vachon

Francophone Chairperson

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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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 10 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, spend time with loved ones and relax at home

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Melissa White

Board Member

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Megan McPhee

Board Member

Megan McPhee is a preschool educator at Little Wonders Early Learning Centre in Charlottetown. Megan has been working in the field for over ten years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in English from UPEI and a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education from Holland College. She is the proud recipient of the 2017 ECDA Educating with Excellence Award. Megan is passionate about loose parts play, child-led classrooms, and safe risktaking. She joined the ECDA Board of Directors in 2018 to further her knowledge of the field and learn from a passionate group of fellow educators. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and biking with her boyfriend Barrett or reading a good book!

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Cheryl MacKay

Board Member

Cheryl MacKay is an Early Childhood Educator with infants and toddlers at Precious Jewels Daycare in Sherwood. Cheryl has been working in the education field for over ten years after graduating from UPEI with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education. After spending four years teaching high school, Cheryl spent a year with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development before obtaining her Early Childhood Certificate. During her past five years working as an Early Childhood Educator, she’s had the opportunity to work with children from nine months to five years. She feels like every day with children is a privilege and an adventure! Cheryl joined the ECDA Board of Directors in 2018 to help advance the standards for early childhood development and to gain greater recognition for Early Childhood Educators as professionals. When not working, Cheryl and her husband are busy at home with their two small children and two dogs.

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Brenda Burhoe

Member at Large

Brenda is currently employed at Headstart EYC as a co-educator in the 2 year old group. Brenda has been in the field for 12years, graduating from Holland College ECE in 2005. Brenda is also a Certified Montessori Teacher. Brenda joined the board in 2016 to increase her knowledge of what is happening within the sector and be an advocate for all ECE's. Brenda spends her free time with her granddaughter; painting, making jewelry, and beach combing.

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Jamie Mosher

Member at Large