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Source: Government of Prince Edward Island

Eligible early childhood centres will receive short-term assistance as they work to meet the criteria for an Early Years Centre designation to benefit Island children and families.

Government will provide a total of $385,000 to support up to eight early childhood centres while they prepare and apply to become designated Early Years Centres. 

“This year has been especially challenging for our early childhood sector, and we recognize that without additional resources, some centres would not meet the criteria for designation. This funding will help centres recruit and retain staff, modify their space as needed, and purchase materials to support the provincial curriculum.  An additional early childhood coach will be hired to support this work.”

–  Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Brad Trivers

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 currently 54 provincial Early Years Centres on Prince Edward Island. 

Media contact:
Lexi Drummond
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
902-213-4098
lrdrummond@gov.pe.ca 

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