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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About Membership

The Early Childhood Development Association believes in partnering with educators, families, community, business, policy makers and government to ensure positive outcomes and healthy child development for PEI's youngest children. In recognizing the value of community partnerships and unity, the ECDA is pleased to provide a variety of membership options for your participation. Membership with the Early Childhood Development Association is open to any person involved or interested in early childhood development and helping Prince Edward Island families.

The decisions and direction of the ECDA are guided by the membership and research-based evidence of best practice and trends in early childhood. The ECDA currently has more than 400 members, comprised of early childhood educators, post secondary educators, community partners and key stakeholders.

Learn more about submitting a membership application or renewal here.

Membership Benefits

  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:
  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

Membership Types

Professional: $140.00 +HST ($161.00)

Any person certified as an early childhood educator under the provincial earlychildhood development certification program and is, at the time of application, practicing within the province of Prince Edward Island.

Associate: $75.00 +HST ($86.25)

Any person, or member of a community agency supportive of the ECDA's mission and goals and not eligible for membership under any other membership categories (this may include parents, retirees, and ece's during times of unemployment).

Student: $49.00 +HST ($56.35)

Any person enrolled in an educational program more then 60% of a full time program.

Corporate: $400.00 +HST ($460.00)

Any businesses that provide services that would enhance either the early childhood development service, business or the early childhood educator.

Lifetime: $0.00 +HST ($0.00)

As assigned by the Board of Directors.

* HST will be added to the Membership fee. Membership runs annually from September 10th to September 9th.

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“Children learn appropriate emotional expression and gain a sense of belonging as they are surrounded by a safe environment.” – Start with Play Campaign (2013)