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


Krutika Desai

Associate Professional Learning Coordinator

902-368-1876    plc@ecdaofpei.ca

Before joining the ECDA, Krutika Desai was working on the frontline as a kindergarten teacher for 8 years in her home country India. Using play pedagogy to help little ones try life and then some as well as growing alongside them, is what kept her excited in her job. Her passion for making a positive contribution to the field of Early Childhood Education inspired her to join the ECDA. She holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Prince Edward Island, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies with a specialization in Marketing, a Bachelor of Management Studies as well as a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Mumbai, India. A lifelong learner, with a penchant for reading, she also finds joy in exploring new places, cultures and meeting new people. Being in the company of friends and family, a pretty snowy day and a cup of good ol’ warm Indian Masala Chai are her instant harbingers of smile! She now lives in Charlottetown, PEI and has fallen in love with the island life.


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.


Megan McPhee

Professional Learning and Operations Manager

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

Megan joined the ECDA team in 2019, after spending 12 years learning and growing alongside children as an Early Childhood Educator. She brought with her a passion for loose parts, child-led learning, and beautiful environments. She is a lifelong learner and can often be found in a research rabbit hole or with her nose stuck in a book. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Political Science and English as well as a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. She dreams of someday combining these two passions and completing a master's degree. She is an animal lover, who currently has two dogs and four cats and hopes to add to this herd with goats and chickens someday. When she's not at work you can find her enjoying nature with her partner, her pups, and a delicious coffee.


Raquel Anderson

Office Administrator

902-368-1866    admin@ecdaofpei.ca

Raquel comes to the ECDA with over 12 years of extensive professional knowledge and experience in administration and customer service! She holds a Diploma in Management Studies and is a Certified Professional Secretary. Her passion for office management comes from her love for personal interaction and organizational excellence. One of the phrases that she was raised upon was "it takes a village to raise a child”, and she strongly believes in that! Raquel is a devoted wife and mother with six (6) awesome sons and one (1) amazing daughter. She enjoys the outdoors, doing charity, cooking and entertaining her family and friends, especially during the holidays.


Megan Drummond

Special Projects Coordinator

902-368-1017    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.


Julian Taylor

Marketing and Communications Manager

902-940-4228    julian.taylor@ecdaofpei.ca

Julian Taylor is a marketeer, event manager and seasoned photographer in Charlottetown, PEI. Julian is here to make sure the ECDA's visions become a reality. Julian and his wife Jennifer are fortunate to have two wonderful children, Peyton Eve (4) and Lachlan Apollo (2), which both attend a fantastic Early Years Centre in Charlottetown. Julian's passions are children, families, and the communities that support them.


Sara MacDougall

Handle with Care Coordinator

902-368-1870    hwcpei@ecdaofpei.ca

Sara MacDougall holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Science. Before taking this role, she worked with Social Programs for six years. She has three years of international teaching experience and is passionate about social and emotional well-being in children. She was introduced to Handle with Care in 2014 and has had a wealth of experience since then including being a parent participant, facilitator, mentor, and a master trainer. She was also the research coordinator for a national project from 2016-2018.


Jay Baglole (they/them)

Pyramid Model Coordinator

902-388-6260    pyramidmodel@ecdaofpei.ca

Jay has been working in the early childhood sector for 14 years. They have obtained a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education, a diploma in Child and Youth Care and they are working towards their Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Jay brings with them experience in facilitation, content development and a true passion for influencing the exceptional childcare practices on PEI. <a href="https://www.replicarolex.co.it/categorie/rolex/oyster-perpetual-date/">rolex replica</a>


Erin Smith

Pyramid Model Mentor

902-388-6266    pyramidmentor1@ecdaofpei.ca

Erin Smith has over 16 years of experience working with children of all ages, both as a frontline educator and supervisor. She has obtained post secondary certification in Child and youth work as well as Early Childhood Education and is currently working towards her bachelors of Child and Youth Work. During her practice, Erin has led with a strong emphasis on the social/emotional well-being of children, and continues to follow that passion in her position with the ECDA as a pyramid model mentor.


Annie Lougheed

Pyramid Model Mentor

902-388-6267    Pyramidmentor2@ecdaofpei.ca

Annie has been working with children and families for over 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Education as well as ECE Level 3 Certification. Annie's variety of experience includes school age programs, centre based care and family home care for children age 1-5, teaching Elementary School as well as instructing at Holland College with the Early Childhood Education Accelerated program and introductory courses. Annie is a passionate mentor and life long learner. She is looking forward to building relationships and supporting Island educators, children and families throughout her role as Pyramid Model Mentor. Some of Annie's interests include gardening and playing outside with her partner and 2 children.