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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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to maintain my certification?

Early childhood educators on PEI are required by the Child Care Facilities Board to successfully complete 30 hours of continuing education during every three year period following issuance of the certificate to maintain certification. The ECDA plans over 100 hours of on-going training each year - visit the events page to see what's coming up next!

Where do I submit my training hours for certification?

You submit your hours to the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture. Contact Annette Griffin at amgriffin@edu.pe.ca or 902-368-6513 for further assistance.

What are the benefits of membership with the ECDA?

1. Voting power to impact the direction of your organization 2. Reduced rates for conferences, workshops and events 3. Access to 6 hours of specialized, members-only training each year 4. Access to a top-of-the-line group benefits plan including medical, dental, eye care, massage and more 5. Tri-annual glossy print magazine Early Learning Knowledge Exchange magazine delivered to your door 6. Discounts at local retailers including: Owls Hollow - 10% discount Michael's - 15% discount Lawton's Drugs (Health Plan subscribers only) - special pricing on various items when you show your Lawton's card Hearts & Flowers - 10% discount Drs. Hickey, Burkey& Associates - 15% discount on retail Island Optical &Eyecare - 15% discount on retail Spa Total Fitness Centre - corporate rates on membership Stretch Fitness Summerside - 15% discount 7. Access to the Resource Library including books, photocopier, and laminator 8. Exclusive access to members-only section of the ECDA website 9. Opportunity to join the ECDA Board of Directors

How long is an ECDA Membership good for?

A membership with the ECDA is good for one year. The membership year runs from September 10th to September 9th annually.

How much does it cost to become a member of the ECDA?

Membership costs depend on the type of membership category that you fall under. Membership types are outlined here: http://142.176.35.187:81/ECDAweb/membership/about.php. If you are not sure what membership type you fall into, please contact our office at 902-368-1866 or at bbell@ecdaofpei.ca

Do I have to be an ECDA member to be part of the ECDA's Manulife health and dental plan?

The Early Childhood Development Association of PEI, in partnership with PEI Employee Benefits and Manulife, has designed a group dental and health benefits package for ECDA members that is customized to the needs of early childhood educators. The plan includes significant coverage on medical, dental, drugs, vision, foot care, psychologist services, social work, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, travel emergencies, and more. The cost of this top-of-the-line benefits plan remains very affordable due to the large number of participants. To be eligible to participate in our group benefits plan, you must be currently working in a licensed child care centre. We require a minimum of two registered plan members per participating child care centre and they must be current and ongoing members of the ECDA. Read our complete coverage in our customized Manulife Benefits Booklet: http://142.176.35.187:81/ECDAweb/documents/Health%20Benefits%20Coverage%20Booklet.pdf


If there are any other questions you have please contact us for more information!


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“Research on the brain demonstrates that play is a scaffold for development, a vehicle for increasing neural structures, and a means by which all children practice skills they will need in later life.” – Position Statement, Association for Childhood Education International