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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P.E.I. Childcare Subsidy Program Cut Again (via CBC News PEI)

April 27th, 2016

By Kerry Campbell, CBC News
Posted: Apr 27, 2016
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For the second year in a row, funding for childcare subsidies from P.E.I.'s Department of Family and Human Services has been cut.

Funding in this year's budget has dropped from $2.9 million to $2.6 million. With a similar decrease the year before, the budget has dropped nearly 20 per cent over two years.

That's despite a commitment by the Liberals as part of their 2015 campaign platform to increase funding for the subsidy by $300,000.

"The commitment is still there; it's part of the mandate," said Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy.

"But we need to find out where we need to apply it within the childcare subsidy program."

Mundy said a review of the program is underway. She noted income levels required for qualifications haven't been adjusted for years.

"It's probably part of the issue, and that's why we need to take a look at the program. It is a great program but it hasn't been adjusted in many, many years."

Mundy said the budget has dropped because utilization of the program has declined. She said no one who qualifies for the subsidy has been turned away.

In 2011 there were 2,054 Island children covered under the subsidy, a number that dropped to 1,624 two years ago.

A government spokesperson said additional federal funding is expected this year for workforce training, with the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning expected to provide funding to help parents cover the cost of childcare as they try to enhance their skills or return to the workforce.

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