Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s Early Years Centres Welcome Children and Families

Day one of school had a different set of first timers in eight Nova Scotia regions. Four-year-olds were among those marking their first day of school in the new full day Early Learning Program.

The 4-year-old program is part the Early Years Centres, a project to expand programming in Nova Scotia schools for children 0-3, and to provide after-school, public health, family support and, intervention services. The goal is to create school-based community hubs providing families with one-stop access to a range of programming responding to their needs. This model of integrated service delivery has been shown to reduce wait ...

Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Inc. visit the Early Years Centre at New Germany Elementary School

NewGermany visit

(photo from left to right) Kerry McCuaig – Early Childhood Policy – Atkinson Centre – OISE; Donna Stapleton – Small World Learning Center – child care partner; Lisa Bennett – Parent Programs NGES – Better Together Family Resource Center; Karen Grandy – Public Health Nurse – New Germany; June McClellan – Early Years/Public School – Australia; Jane Bertrand – Program Director – Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Inc.; Jill Piers – DEECD Early Years Branch; Denise Stone – DEECD Early Years Branch; Crystal Martin – DEECD Early Years Branch; LynnAnne Snair – SSRSB ECE; Gillian Kiely – SSRSB ECE


Representatives from the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Inc. enjoyed a visit with students and staff ...

School Boards – Expand Early Childhood Education

The Chronicle Herald
September 22, 2015

Learning happens long before students take their first steps into their primary classroom on the first day of school. As parents and caregivers know, children start learning and observing the moment they are born.

School boards across the province have shown their support for early learning initiatives and integrated service delivery for students for many years. Through resolutions presented at the annual general meeting of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, members have acknowledged the importance of early learning. Board-based initiatives have also had some success in meeting the needs of their families and ...

Halifax school board calls for more Early Years Centres

September 23, 2015

The benefits of the Early Years Centre at one Halifax school have some school board members hoping to see more funding to help others.

During the first Halifax Regional School Board meeting of the year, the principal of Rockingstone Heights School and the lead for the Early Years program presented their successes with the centre since it opened last April.
“If we support families as one, we can create success for all members of the family,” Early Years lead Renee Forbes told the board.
Leanne March, Rockingstone principal, added the centre sees 18 children from babies ...

Representatives from the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Inc. Visit the Early Years Centre at East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy

September 2015


(Pictured are Carolyn Webber, Lead Early Childhood Educator, Early Years Centre, East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy; Joanne Landry, Vice Principal, East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy; Jane Bertrand, Program Director, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Inc.; June McLoughlin, Director of Family and Children's Services, Victoria, Australia; Denise Stone, Director, Early Years Integration and Community Development, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development; Kerry McCuaig, Fellow in Early Childhood Policy at the Atkinson Centre at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto; Jim Keay, Principal, East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy; and Paul Landry, Director of Programs ...