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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National Child Day Parade

Join the National Child Day Parade on November 20!

The National Child Day Parade is organized each year in collaboration with the ECDA and the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture. Last year, over 600 children marched in support of the UN Rights of the Child. 

The parades begin at 10:00 a.m. at the following locations: 

  • The Rodd Charlottetown Hotel in Charlottetown
  • The Causeway Bay Hotel in Summerside
  • St. Simon/St. Jude parking lot in Tignish
  • Eastern Kings Early Learning Academy in Souris

National Child Day is a day dedicated to promoting and safeguarding the rights of children and youth. Celebrated since 1993, National Child Day commemorates the United Nations' adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on November 20, 1989.

If your centre is interested in participating in this year's parade in Charlottetown, please contact Bonnie at bbell@ecdaofpei.ca by November 1st with the following information:

  • The number of children and adults from your centre participating in the parade
  • Whether you will be walking or if you require a bus

Coach Atlantic is graciously providing centres transportation to the parade. The cost to participate is $2 per person, which is paid directly to the bus drivers. This offer is on a first come, first served basis. We have a reduced number of buses this year so please ensure to reserve your place as soon as possible! 

Parade participants, please arrive at 9:30 am.

Additional National Child Day resources are available at the following links:

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Refund Policy:

Please be aware that to receive a full refund of your registration fees, notice must be provided to the ECDA, via email, 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event. Beyond that, to receive a 50% refund of fees for a cancelled registration, appropriate documentation ie, doctor's certificate or such must be provided.