The recent announcement that the Loyalist College Centre for Early Childhood Education will be shutting its doors this June came as a major surprise to children staff and students of the centre. Loyalist college strategically waited until the end of the academic school year to make their announcement to minimize public debate.
Had the College made an effort to seek input from parents and staff on their decision, they would have seen that the centre is a vital part of Loyalist College’s learning environment, and that it benefits the staff students and families of the Loyalist College community. Early Childhood Education students are able to observe and acquire best practice in a lab school environment. Now that Loyalist plans on taking away this important learning environment, their Early Childhood Education program will be set apart from programs that offer a lab school and can demonstrate best practices.
This decision comes at a time when the province is implementing full-day kindergarten, which increases the need for well-trained quality early childhood educators dramatically. Loyalist College needs to rethink its decision and keep its doors open to the community it serves.
In light of Loyalist College’s decision to close The Loyalist College Centre for Early Childhood Education, the Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare has sent this letter in response asking Loyalist College’s President Maureen Piercy to reconsider the colleges decision on this matter. To read the letter, click here.
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