Changes at children’s centre

The doors to the facility will be open to the public Sept. 3

Hope Community Children’s Centre (HCCC) is opening on Sept. 9.

Over the summer, some very exciting changes have been made. The facility has had a brand new face lift and the HCCC board has hired two new, very experienced and dynamic early childhood educators. The staff for this year are: Lousha Angel (ECD), HCCC manager, with 26 years experience as an educator and manager; Sandi Swecera (ECE), preschool teacher, who has received the Governor’s Award of Excellence for providing quality care as an early childhood educator; Monique Chiasson, ECE assistant, who is completing her ECE and will be mentored by the new teacher’s during the afternoon program. The educators have made many wonderful changes. A very high quality preschool program will be offered Monday-Thursday from 9-11:30 a.m. A Reggio Emilia inspired full-time and part-time daycare program will run from Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. These programs will offer school-readiness and many holistic elements such as:

• A regular music program for the children taught by the local music teacher Jill Last

• An amazing emergent literacy program (high quality books, oral stories, story baskets, puppets, language development, songs, fingerplays)

• Discovery science & nature program (including outdoor explorations & connections to nature)

• Creative artist expressions program (with help from volunteer local artists)

• Stories & yoga during rest time

• Culture and classroom visitors

• Exercise & games

• Social skills/problem solving/critical thinking skills and seeds of empathy (care about each other, our community, and the world)

• Field trips and classroom visitors

HCCC is going to be an amazing place for children to thrive. All three of the educators care deeply about providing a high quality, creative program and nurturing care for children.

HCCC is a non-profit organization where parents/guardians are active board members and families are encouraged to participate where they can, whether it is behind the scenes or actively helping with events.

Come and see the facility. The doors will be open to the public Sept. 3 – 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further inquiries phone 604-869-5166 or 604-869-6555.

Lousha Angel