Early Learning at MacEwan joins ELCC centre program
The Government of Alberta has named Early Learning at MacEwan (ELM) as one of 100 Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Centres across Alberta.
As part of this three-year ELCC pilot program, ELM will receive funding to improve its accessibility and affordability. Thanks to the funding, daily fees will be $25 per child, reducing monthly fees from $1,250 to $550 per month.
“Our services and spaces will definitely be enhanced by this funding,” says Joan MacDonald, senior manager of ELM. “We are thrilled the reduced fee structure will put quality child care within financial reach for more families, including MacEwan students who have children.”
The new funds will also allow for training for ELM’s educators, increased family support and other initiatives – including a partnership with the Stollery Children’s Hospital to offer temporary spaces to siblings of children undergoing treatment. “We also hope to develop closer partnerships with other areas at the university including the Students’ Association and kihêw waciston, the university’s Indigenous Centre,” says Joan.
To accommodate these changes, the centre will undergo some renovations and improvements to its physical space.
The ELCC pilot will also incorporate a play-based child care curriculum framework researched and developed by faculty and staff in the MacEwan University Early Learning and Child Care program and Lab School. The curriculum is one of the ELCC Centre pilot program’s most important quality improvements, and will be mandated across all Alberta ELCC centres.
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