Decade of development

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Early childhood program to host open house

Coordinator Krista Smith and administrative assistant Katrina George ready for next week's 10th anniversary of the the Early Childhood Development Support Centre housed in the Cumberland Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College.

SPRINGHILL – In the pursuit of creating lifelong learners, early education ha received a lot of help from a local centre.

The Early Childhood Development Support Centre [ECDSC] at Nova Scotia Community College’s Cumberland Campus is turning 10 next Tuesday, celebrating a decade of dedication to students, early learning and childcare professionals, caregivers in many, many communities.

“We’re positioned here to support the Early Childhood Development students at NSCC but we also support childcare centres in Northern Nova Scotia,” coordinator Krista Smith said. “That includes all of Cumberland County, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish and East Hants.”

In offering that support, the centre provides a lending library, online support and access to software and materials in early childhood settings. In the past, the centre has also been behind creating resources like birthday bags and literacy bags.

“We team up with other organizations, like Maggies Place in Amherst, and get information out to families,” Smith said.

The centre also networks with industry professionals, organizes guest speakers who are professionals in their fields, and international facilitators to enhance early childhood development in the region. 

“The ECDSC has been wonderful as we can access all of the countless things the centre has to offer,” said Jennifer Elliott, a director of the Early Learning Childhood Care Centre at NSCC.

To celebrate the centre’s 10 years of operation, an open house is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, from noon to 4 p.m.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Early Learning Childhood Care Centre

Geographic location: Northern Nova Scotia, Cumberland County, Colchester Hants Maggies Place Amherst

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