Prince Edward Island

Honourable Margaret McCain joins Premier Ghiz to open early years programs

CHARLOTTETOWN, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain joins Premier Robert Ghiz here for the opening of the new early learning centre at Holland College and a newly expanded Smart Start program. Both initiatives are supported by the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Inc. (MWMFF).

Friday, December 2

9:45 a.m.

Smart Start expansion. West Kent School gym, 27 Viceroy Street. With the Honourable Robert Ghiz, Jane Bertrand, program director MWMFF, Verna Bruce, Chair of Smart Start and the children and parents of Smart Start.
11:00 a.m.

Holland College Early Learning Centre opening. Prince ...

What the research says about Smart Start

Smart Start is a comprehensive program that offers a continuum of services to children, parents and families. At the core are Smart Start Early Years Centres that offer early learning and child care to preschool children and a continuum of services to their families.  

Smart Start began as a preschool program five years ago located in Prince Street School and modelled after Toronto First Duty. A partnership with the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation (MWMFF) in 2009 expanded Smart Start into a full-time preschool and infant program, aligned with the school system.

In 2010, the PEI government introduced full ...

Building the Future in Atlantic Canada

Building the Future in Atlantic Canada: Integrating early childhood and family services

Bâtir l’avenir au Canada atlantique: Intégrer les services à la petite enfance et les services à la famille (200.0 KB)

The Government of New Brunswick and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development of Prince Edward Island, with support from the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, are  partnering with community networks to create integrated children’s centres.

The ten sites involved reflect the urban and rural, Francophone and Anglophone diversity of the region. While each jurisdiction will create its own path based on its ...

Smart Start

Smart Start provides promising beginnings for PEI’s children
December 4, 2009

Smart Start

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI - An innovative new children’s program got its official launch here today in a school gym packed with kids and parents and government, education, health and community officials.

Called “Smart Start”, the program is a unique partnership between the Eastern School District, Prince Street School, Public Health Nursing, Holland College, the University of PEI and CHANCES, a non-profit community agency. Operating out of two inner city locations, the program reaches out to local families offering a full day/full year child and family program that includes ...

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