Early childhood centres receive Early Years Centre designation
Increasing the number of designated Early Years Centres across Prince Edward Island will help grow accessible, affordable and inclusive childcare services to respond to the needs of Island children and families.
Five early childhood centres that applied have recently received an Early Years Centre designation. They are:
- Little Ducklings, Stratford
- Stepping Stone, Charlottetown
- Rainbow Beginnings, St. Theresa
- Wee the West, Bloomfield
- Wee Wonderz, Summerside
“We are overjoyed and excited that we have been designated as an Early Years Centre,” said Jamie-Lynn Mosher, director of Rainbow Beginnings. “Now, not only are we able to lower our parent fees but we can put our very deserving educators on the early years centre pay grid without having to charge our parents a high daily rate. We are so ecstatic to be able offer quality early learning and childcare to the children of rural PEI. This designation is going to help to support that so much.”
Designated Early Years Centres receive operational funding from the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning to follow a provincial framework for curriculum, which is recognized as the best in the country, and are staffed by trained Early Childhood Educators. Early Years Centres also have government-regulated fees. There are now 54 provincial Early Years Centres on Prince Edward Island.
“Early childhood development is one of the best investments that government can make in the future of our province and provides children with a solid foundation for the skills and confidence they need to thrive. We will continue to make important investments like this that support children and families and help make our Island communities stronger.”
- Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Brad Trivers
In 2020-21, an additional $2.1 million was added to the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning annual budget to support the early years. This includes increased wages for early childhood education, autism assistants and special needs assistants; increased annual funding through quality enhancement grants for licensed private centres; increased grants for children with special needs; and the designation of new Early Years Centres. These investments will support growth in the sector and lead to more spaces and better access for children and families.
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning