Early success in school is significantly increased when children have had at least a thousand books read to them by the time they are 5 years-old. Literacy development is enhanced and emotional bonds are strengthened when families read together.
Past Funded Projects
This project will bring together one or two staff from 15 local ECE programs for a discussion group that will meet for a four-hour session monthly over the course of a year. Discussion will focus on topics that can lead to new ideas and refresh the thinking of our local early childhood field.
Local Early Childhood Networks: Victoria/Saanich, Peninsula, Esquimalt, Gulf Islands and Sooke/Westshore are allocated funds to support local community planning, and promote information-sharing, coordination and collaboration in their communities.
To connect with your local ECD Table or the Early Learning and Care (Childcare) Network, visit our contact page
Lighthouse Parent is an innovative suite of 3 - 8 week parenting courses that develop the innate capacity of isolated, low income single parents to meet their child's fundamental need for a close, nurturing parent-child relationship. The courses integrate the latest research in the areas of attachment and child development with personal exploration and skills development, and provide parents with the resources necessary to understand and meet their child?s unique needs at each age and developmental stage.
Parent Child Mother Goose is an 8-10 week early literacy program where parents learn songs, rhymes, and stories to share with their young children. The program promotes parent-child attachment, builds parental confidence, and provides positive language and communication experiences for children.
Eight neighbourhood houses collaborate to offer this popular and successful program in their local neighbourhoods. Parents can connect with their neighbours, resources, programs and services. For more information:
PCEC will host two professional development events for early learning and care providers on the Saanich Peninsula, one in May, 2013, and the other in late November, 2013. The audience for these events is comprised of early learning and care providers, Kindergarten and Grade One teachers, school administrators and community resource personnel. The sessions will continue the dialogue about Reggio inspired, developmentally appropriate, reflective practice in the early years environment.
The Galiano Preschool Music Program involves one hour a week of facilitated music; singing, instruments, and rhythm games. It is lead by a local musician and is very popular with all of the children ages newborn to age five.