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 : Staff

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Jennifer Nangreaves

Executive Director

902-368-0070    jennifer.nangreaves@ecdaofpei.ca

Jennifer Nangreaves comes to the ECDA with experience in Accredited Centres in Jasper, Alberta, the PEI Public Schools Branch, a private centre in Charlottetown, and most recently, a designated centre in rural PEI. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts with a Major in Sociology, a Bachelor of Education specializing in Indigenous Studies and Literacy in the Early Years, as well as a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from NBCC. Jennifer is excited to be an advocate for the sector, to join the already established and successful ECDA team, to work with the Board of Directors and stakeholders, and to meet as many ECDA members as she can while being a strong advocate for the sector.

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Bonnie L. Bell

Administration & Member Relations

902-368-1866    bbell@ecdaofpei.ca

Bonnie is currently working with the Early Childhood Development Association of PEI as Administration and Member Relations support to the members of the ECDA organization. She has been with the organization since 2010 and enjoys working close with all members of the Association. A graduate from Holland College, she has a diploma in Administration, Clerk Typist portfolio and has over 30 years experience working in an office environment.

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Megan McPhee

Professional Learning Coordinator

902-368-1876    megan.mcphee@ecdaofpei.ca

Megan McPhee was a front line Early Childhood Educator for 11.5 years. Her passions include child-led environments, loose parts, and reflective practice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in English from UPEI as well as a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education from Holland College. She brings with her a passion for early childhood, as well as her experience as a front line educator and workshop facilitator. In her role as the Professional Learning Coordinator, Megan’s goal is to provide high quality and engaging Professional Development opportunities to ECDA members.

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Melanie Taylor

Communications & Registry Coordinator

902-368-1879    melanie.taylor@ecdaofpei.ca

Melanie is a seasoned communications professional with experience in various environments including non-profit, union and business. Her passions include both children and the non-profit realm, so she is very happy to be working for the ECDA! She also enjoys writing and producing meaningful, inclusive, and well-designed content. Through her management of the ECDA’s social media channels, weekly newsletter, the bi-annual magazine and more, she strives to engage the early learning and child care community, instill pride in the sector, and celebrate the important work of educators. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Public Relations degree from Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax.

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Jayne Crane

Handle with Care Program Coordinator

902-368-1870    hwcpei@ecdaofpei.ca

Jayne Crane was a front-line Early Childhood Educator for seven years prior to starting in her role as Handle with Care Coordinator with the ECDA. Jayne holds a diploma as a Child and Youth Care Worker with courses in Early Childhood Education, partnered with a variety of experiences with families and children including years immersed in Indigenous communities within the province. In her practice as an ECE, she led with a strong focus on the social/emotional well-being of children which led her to obtain Handle with Care facilitator training in 2020. Jayne is eager to wrap her arms around the Handle with Care Program for children, parents and caregivers Island wide.

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Megan Drummond

Steps to Success 2.0 Project Coordinator

902-368-1866    projects@ecdaofpei.ca

Megan is a Holland College graduate of the Early Childhood Education and Care program, and has experience in project management as well as a passion for our sector and continuing to elevate PEI's ELCC system. She has worked within the field of early childhood for over 12 years.