Nova Scotia Child Care Transformation: 
Early Learning and Child Care Engagement Table

Thank you for your interest in transforming Nova Scotia’s early learning and child care system. We look forward to providing updates on future opportunities to participate, including through working groups, focus groups and surveys, as we continue to advance this important work.

The Engagement Table is bringing together a broad and diverse representation of individuals from across the province to inform, consult and support on issues and initiatives related to the transformation of the early learning and child care system.

A call for applications for the Early Learning and Child Care Engagement Table was issued in March 2022 and announced in May 2022.

Members commit to a one-year term, with the possibility for an extension. 

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Members include:

  • Parent - Brianne Gowman, Yarmouth County 
  • Parent - Iain Fraser, Halifax Regional Municipality 
  • Parent - Jennifer Pratt, Colchester County 
  • Parent - Megan Hiltz, Kings County 
  • Parent – Twila MacDonald, Halifax Regional Municipality 
  • Early Childhood Educator - Jennifer Chase, Lunenburg County 
  • Early Childhood Educator – Nicole Poirier, Halifax Regional Municipality 
  • Child care operator - Denise Goulden, Digby County 
  • Child care operator - Donna Buckland, Halifax Regional Municipality 
  • Child care operator - Helen Gamble Mortimer, Cape Breton Regional Municipality 
  • Child care operator - Jighisha Patel, Inverness County  
  • Child care operator - Joseph Kinsman, Halifax Regional Municipality 
  • Child care operator - Kimberly Cormier, Antigonish County 
  • Child care operator - Michelle Conrod, Halifax Regional Municipality 
  • Child care operator - Trina Fraser, Halifax Regional Municipality 
  • Family Home Child Care Provider - Cheryl Crocker, Halifax Regional Municipality 
  • Family Home Child Care Provider - Melissa Castonguay, Pictou County 
  • Faculty, MSVU Child & Youth Studies - Christine McLean, Halifax Regional Municipality  
  • Jane Norman College Family Home Agency and Child Care Centre - Kimberly Elliott, Colchester County 
  • Child Care Now (NS) - Nikki Jamieson, Halifax Regional Municipality 
  • NS Early Childhood Development Intervention Services - Patricia Monaghan, Halifax Regional Municipality 


About the Engagement Table

  • Through the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, we are working to transform the delivery of child care across the province. The Engagement Table will help advance this important work.

  • Members meet approximately 6-7 hours per month. 

  • Meetings are held on a monthly basis, determined by input from participants. 

  • Expenses for members participating in the Table are reimbursed or covered in accordance with government standards. Release of time (substitutes for early childhood educators) if necessary, will be accommodated.   

  • An experienced external facilitator will be appointed to assist members in effective dialogue. 


Questions?

Contact: ELCCET@novascotia.ca