CapU announces plans to expand its Early Childhood Education programming

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Tag(s): Education, Health & Human Development, Sunshine Coast

NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – To assist in meeting the need for early childhood educators in B.C., Capilano University will expand its offerings of Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs at the University’s Sechelt campus and in Squamish, starting in September 2019.

This one-time program enhancement will take place over the next two years thanks to a funding contribution of $874,908 from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, with $460,454 supporting part-time Early Childhood Education diploma students in Squamish and $414,454 to support students in Sechelt.

“Early childhood educators are in high-demand,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “This investment at Capilano University allows students to access first class training closer to home while filling a vitally important profession. Thank you to all Early Childhood Education students who are passionate about caring for and supporting our greatest asset - our children.”   

Coursework will be delivered in a flexible format that includes in-person and online classes scheduled in the daytime, evenings, and on weekends. Classes in Sechelt will be offered at the kálax-ay Sunshine Coast campus. Classes in Squamish will be held at Quest University.

“Through the expansion of its ECE programming, Capilano University will be providing excellent educational opportunities to students in both the Sechelt and Squamish communities who may otherwise have to travel to North Vancouver for course work,” says Brad Martin, dean of the Faculty of Education, Health & Human Development. “The flexible course schedule affords opportunities for students to blend their work, home, and university life more easily, with the goal that those in the program can continue to work, rather than having to step out of employment when there are important needs in communities for childcare educators.”

Graduates from the diploma program typically go on to work with children under the age of five in licensed preschools and childcare centres, and the demand for qualified ECE educators is high in both Sechelt and Squamish. 

For provincial information about early childhood education, visit gov.bc.ca

Learn about CapU's Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programs. 

About Capilano University

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University enrols more than 10,000 students each year and offers 95 programs, including bachelor's degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh) Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact:
Linda Munro, Senior Communications Officer
Capilano University
t: 604 983 7596
e: mediarelations@capilanou.ca

Submitted by: Linda Munro