|Originally a preschool established in 1977
to meet the learning and development needs of three
to five year olds, the Centre has grown to include programming for
children and their families from prenatal to five years of age.
While the majority of children
and their families are First Nations and Metis, it is economic status
and not race which dictates involvement with the Centre. Governed by a
parent Board of Directors, the Centre has created a program which:
Ninety-six children attend the Preschool in four classrooms,
with a waiting list that far exceeds this number. Sixty families are
involved in the KidsFirst home
visiting program. Another 45 children and their families are enrolled
in the Parents as Teachers (PAT)
program. In total, approximately 200 families are served by the Centre.
- actively involves parents
in their children's early development and education;
- connects the life of home
- provides parents with
opportunities to better fulfill their role.
were so impressed and amazed by
much around the ELC... their dedication and commitment, just the
respect and the high esteem that they held the children and their
families in... they're modelling good early childhood development
policy and programming, it's not just something on a piece of paper,
they're culturally affirming and all the rest of it."
The Centre's 32 staff include
teaching, home visitor and administrative staff. Four bus drivers and a
cook are also on staff as all programs are supported by transportation