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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Beyond Survival: The Case for Investing in Young Children Globally

National Academy of Medicine

"This paper is a call to action, informed by science from multiple disciplines. We hope it will help to close the gap between what is known and what is done to support the development of children globally and, in turn, sustainable progress for communities and nations."

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What Happened to Everything I Learned in College? Final Research Report

Early Childhood Development Association of PEI

Principal Investigator (UPEI): Alaina Roach O’Keefe Co – Investigator (ECDA): Sonya Hooper Graduate Student Assistant (UPEI): Brittany Jakubiec | There is a suggestion that since significant policy changes and perceived shift in demands on educators in Prince Edward Island, educators may be experiencing severe imposter syndrome leading to feelings of uncertainty about their profession (Bruno, Gonzalez-Mena, Hernandez, & Sullivan, 2013). Therefore, the purpose of this project was to (a) conduct a thorough research review of the topic; (b) to unpack the professional experiences that seasoned educators in the field have had as a result of this policy shift over the past ten years in PEI; and (c) to explore notions of professionalism and early childhood education and care in the 21st century.

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What Happened to Everything I Learned in College? Summary Handout

Alaina Roach O’Keefe, Sonya Hooper, Brittany Jakubiec

This is a summary handout of the What Happened to Everything I Learned in College? Final Research Project. The purpose of this project was to conduct a thorough research review; and to unpack the professional experiences and notions of professionalism that seasoned educators, although a small sample, in the field hold as a result of this policy shift over the past ten years in PEI.

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