Early experiences have a significant impact on children's well being and later success in school, work and the community, and sets the foundation for lifelong learning. It is during the early years that a child develops socially, physically, intellectually, creatively and emotionally at a more rapid pace than any other time in their lives. Parents, educators and community members recognize the value of providing enriching supportive experiences that enable children to grow and become healthy, happy and productive citizens.
In addition to the programs offered through the Division of Early Childhood Learning, there are many others that also serve children birth to age six and their families. These include regulated full-time or part-time child care centres, family childcare homes, family resource centre programs, school-sponsored pre-Kindergarten programs, and early literacy programs such as those affiliated with public libraries, schools and community centres.
For further information you can contact your nearest child care services office:
Publicly funded health and community services are delivered across Newfoundland and Labrador by four regional health authorities. Some of these programs and services include:
For more information about the health and community services available in your community, please visit the Department of Health and Community Services or contact your local regional health authority:
A number of programs and initiatives that promote healthy pregnancy, infancy, and birth, improve parenting and family supports, and strengthen early childhood development are available within the Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development. Information about specific program areas can be found at:
For further information, please visit http://www.swsd.gov.nl.ca/index.html
There are 96 public libraries located throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and most offer preschool programs. They also have an excellent collection of children's books, videos and magazines. Some local libraries offer story time for young children and families. For more information on the programs, materials and hours of operation, visit the public libraries website or call the nearest library at the number listed under libraries in the Yellow Pages.