Prince Edward Island

It's Time For Preschool Report Launch

Early Childhood Education Report 2014: It's Time For Preschool
November 12, 2014, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

ECERcoverThe Early Childhood Education Report 2014: It’s Time for Preschool released November 12, 2014 by the Atkinson Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto is the second status update in three years. It measures provincial and territorial performance based on different criteria including investments in early education and child care programs and children’s access. It also compares Canada’s results to other developed economies.

The Early Childhood Education Report 2014, related ...

Evaluation Provides Recommendations for Early Learning and Child Care System

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - September 4, 2013

This report is the result of the first year's evaluation of Prince Edward Island's Preschool Excellence Initiative - a comprehensive 5 year plan to build a provincial early childhood system for children from infancy to kindergarten.  The system's emphasis is on building a community based, publicly managed early childhood system supporting the early development of children, while at the same time supporting parents in balancing their work and family responsibilities.

The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation was pleased to partner with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in ...

PEI Takes Another Step Towards Integrated Early Childhood System

Prince Edward Island takes another step to transform its patchwork of child and family services into an integrated early childhood system. The government of PEI announced further investment in Best Start, the provincial newborn screening and home-visiting program operated by CHANCES Family Centre in partnership with Public Heath Nursing and the provincial network of family resource centres.

The investment strengthens Smart Start Phase 2, aligning Best Start and Early Years Centres with the public education system demonstrating how to make early childhood education opportunities available for all preschool children.

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Hon. Margaret McCain opens early years programs in Charlottetown

Margaret McCain accepts gift from children at the opening of the Holland College Early Learning Centre
Early Years Centre Charlottetown

CHARLOTTETOWN: Friday, Dec. 2/ The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain joined Premier Robert Ghiz here today for the opening of a newly expanded Smart Start program at West Kent School and a new early learning centre at Holland College.

Smart Start includes a range of enhanced services for children and families transitioning from the province’s Best Start Program. Mrs. McCain announced a four-year, $600,000 pilot that will provide preschool programming for children transitioning from Best Start along with continued resources for parents. The ...

Smart Start Joins PEI

Smart Start PEI joins new Preschool Excellence Initiative

Smart Start, the integrated service model demonstrating best practices in early childhood service delivery, is becoming part of the PEI government’s new Preschool Excellence Initiative.

Four Smart Start programs have been selected to become Early Years Centres in phase one of implementation. Early Years Centres are the core of the new preschool initiative. They follow a common curriculum, have mandated parent committees and are operated by non-profit organizations. Staff salaries and parent fees reflect a province-wide grid.

Chosen as Early Years Centres are the Smart Start sites at St Jean and ...