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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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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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 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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Darla Farquharson

Board Member

Darla Farquharson is the Director of Tiny Tot Early Years Center on Pope Ave. Darla has spent over 20 years in the field after graduating from The Institute of Early Childhood Education and Developmental Services in Truro, NS in 1995 with her diploma in Early Childhood Education. Although currently the director of the center, Darla has worked with all age groups in her career, spending the majority of her years on the floor with the kindergarten and school age children. Darla was honored to be elected to the board in September of 2016, and looks forward to helping the ECDA and the Sector embrace the next phase of our journey helping Island Children be strong, confident individuals ready to take on the world. When Darla is not at work, she is making memories with her husband Josh and their two children Jack and Ella.

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Brenda Burhoe

Board Member

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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Jenny Baglole

Board Member

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Josie Sheehan

Board Member

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