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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REGISTRATION CLOSED - Fall Conference 2019

The 2019 ECDA Fall Conference is being held at both Confederation Centre of the Arts and Murphy's Community Center in Charlottetown on November 14th & 15th! Once again, we have confirmed some very exciting and talented speakers to join us over two days of learning, growing, and networking; including opening keynote speaker Richard Cohen.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Educating with Excellence". Our programming is reflective of the concept of purposeful teaching, including best practice discussions, and involves engaging speakers from various backgrounds and specialties. Our aim with the conference is to broaden your thinking in terms of what it means to act purposefully with a goal in mind and to have a plan for accomplishing these goals within our work and to create opportunities for children to thrive!

From the opening keynote, to the breakout sessions, to discussions over lunch with your colleagues, and coming to an end with the closing keynote, this conference will build on your specialized bank of knowledge and enhance the future of your practice!

Regardless of which sessions you attend, the expertise of the facilitators will revitalize your passion for your work in the field of early childhood care and education. Thank you for attending the 2019 ECDA Fall Conference–the knowledge you gain enriches the futures of the families and children in your care!

Mark your calendar and get excited for another uplifting, inspiring conference with PEI's ELCC field!

The ECDA would like to acknowledge our major sponsorship partner for the 2019 ECDA Fall Conference, Dairy Farmers of Canada, who have helped to make this event possible.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE - Times and details may change.

Pre-conference Day for Directors - Wednesday, November 13th - REGISTER HERE

Free evening social Thursday, November 14th - REGISTATION REQUIRED FOR NUMBERS - REGISTER HERE

Fall Conference Day 1 - Thursday, November 14th (6 PD Hours)

7:45 am - 8:30 am


8:30 am - 8:45 am

      Opening Remarks

8:45 am - 10:15 am

      Opening Keynote, Richard Cohen

10:15 am - 10:45

      Nutrition Break

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

      Plenary Session, T.J. Jones & Logan St. Croix

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

      Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm - 4:15 pm


4:15 pm – 7:00 pm

      Social & Awards Banquet

November 15th: Conference Day 2 (6 PD hours)

7:45 am - 8:30 am

      Registration & Networking

8:30 am - 10:00 am


10:00 am - 10:30 am

      Nutrition Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

      Sessions continued

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

      Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

      Remarks from Dept. of Education & Life Long Learning

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

      Plenary - Monique Grey Smith

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

      Closing Keynote - Richard Cohen

4:15 - 4:30

      Closing Remarks - Sonya Hooper

CCA – Confederation Centre of the Arts | MCC – Murphy’s Community Centre


Payments must be made in full by October 30, 2019
Early Bird deadline is September 25, 2019. 
Registration deadline is October 30, 2019

Pricing details outlined in the right sidebar.
Click on the sessions below to read a full description.
Download the document below for a printable booklet of conference details.


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Fall Conference Registration Package


Opening Remarks

Homburg Theatre | November 14, 2019 | 8:30 AM

Opening Keynote by Richard Cohen

Homburg Theatre | November 14, 2019 | 8:45 AM

Plenary Session - Logan St. Croix & T.J. Jones

Homburg Theatre | November 14, 2019 | 10:45 AM

1A: The Spirit of Play

CCA | November 14, 2019 | 1:15 PM

1B: Trauma in the Early Years

CCA | November 14, 2019 | 1:15 PM

1C: The Art of Cooking with Kids

CCA | November 14, 2019 | 1:15 PM

1D: Infant Mental Health

CCA | November 14, 2019 | 1:15 PM

1E: How to Play and Talk So Kids Will Learn!

CCA | November 14, 2019 | 1:15 PM

1F: Dance Basics-Intro to African Dance & Drumming

CCA | November 14, 2019 | 1:15 PM

1G: Empowering Pedagogy: What does it mean in practice?

CCA | November 14, 2019 | 1:15 PM

1H: Self-Regulation

Holman Grand - Dunes Room | November 14, 2019 | 1:15 PM

1I: Parler ou communiquer: telle est la question

Holman Grand - Ocean Room | November 14, 2019 | 1:15 PM

2A: Where Eagles Dare

CCA | November 15, 2019 | 8:30 AM

2B: Pedagogical Documentation: What does it mean to learn?

CCA | November 15, 2019 | 8:30 AM

2C: Infant Mental Health

CCA | November 15, 2019 | 8:30 AM

2D: Children's Gender Diversity: Beyond the myths

CCA | November 15, 2019 | 8:30 AM

2E: The Magic of Outdoor Play in all Seasons

CCA Outdoors | November 15, 2019 | 8:30 AM

2F: Info Session on Anat Baniel Method

CCA | November 15, 2019 | 8:30 AM

2G: What's New in Canada's Food Guide

CCA | November 15, 2019 | 8:30 AM

2H: Les Piliers de la Santé Mentale

CCA | November 15, 2019 | 8:30 AM

Remarks from Dept. of Education & Lifelong Learning

Homburg Theatre | November 15, 2019 | 1:00 PM

Plenary Session: Resilience and the Power of One

Homburg Theatre | November 15, 2019 | 1:30 PM

Closing Keynote: Zen and the Art of Early Childhood Education

Homburg Theatre | November 15, 2019 | 2:35 PM


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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.