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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2017 National Child Day Parade

The 2017 National Child Day Parade will be held this year on November 20th! The parade is organized each year in collaboration with the ECDA and the Department of Education, Early Learning & Culture. Last year we had over 600 children marching in the street in support of the UN Rights of the Child. 

We invite everyone in the Charlottetown area to come out and see this wonderful event.

The Charlottetown parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Kent Street and Pownal Street, and will turn right on to Great George Street, ending with speeches and music from the Music Man Michael Pendergast in front of Province House.

The Summerside parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Church Street and Central Street, turning left on to Water Street, left on to Summer Street, and left again on to Church Street, ending at the corner of Church and Central Street.

National Child Day, celebrated annually on November 20th, is a day dedicated to promoting and safeguarding the rights of children and youth.  Celebrated since 1993, National Child Day commemorates the United Nations' adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on November 20, 1989.

The UNCRC spells out the basic human rights to which all children under the age of 18 are entitled, including the right to health, the right to play and the right to participate and have a voice in matters that affect them. By ratifying the Convention in 1991, Canada made a commitment to ensure that children are treated with dignity and respect, and are protected from harm both in Canada and abroad. 

If your centre is interested in participating in this year's parade, please contact Bonnie by November 14th even if you do not require a bus with the following information: Number of children and adults participating in the parade, and whether you will be walking or if you require a bus. Trius has graciously come on board again this year to help transport centres to the parade. Cost to participate in the event is $1 per person. Parade participants, please arrive to the starting point (Rodd Charlottetown Hotel/Causeway Bay Hotel) by 9:30am.

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The Early Childhood Development Association (ECDA) reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by the ECDA, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. The ECDA may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by the ECDA. Any person desiring not to have their photo taken or distributed must contact the ECDA in writing requesting that his/her image not be distributed.

Refund Policy:

Please be aware that to receive a full refund of your registration fees, notice must be provided to the ECDA, via email, 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event. Beyond that, to receive a 50% refund of fees for a cancelled registration, appropriate documentation ie, doctor's certificate or such must be provided.