Government of Manitoba
Children play with Lego on a colourful alphabet rug. A boy who is visually impaired reads a book with raised dots, a precursor to learning to read in Braille. Sand running through the hourglasses fascinates a curious boy. A boy building with blocks greets the class bunny who has hopped over for a visit. A boy gives a thumbs up. A girl plays with colourful shapes on the classroom light-table. A girl counts and orders buttons by size. Two girls balance on a pipe as they look for frogs in a swampy area. Children create their own book illustrations using the “still life” technique. Two girls are paired during a large group activity. A boy builds with interlocking cubes. A girl illustrates her “story”. Three girls practice their letters on individual whiteboards. A boy holds alphabet blocks that spell out PLAY. Young boys explore classroom science materials. A girl using a walker smiles. Three children share a book together." An educator and 4 preschoolers enjoy a small group interaction.

"We affirm our duty to nourish and nurture the young, to honour their caring ideals as the heart of being human. To recognize the early years as the foundation of life, and to cherish the contribution of young children to human evolution."

An Action Plan for Science Education in Manitoba

Early Childhood Education

For Parents/Guardians

This section links parents and guardians to resources that can help you support your children during their early years (prior to starting school) and in the first years of their school journey.

Manitoba Parent Child Coalitions
A Parent Child Coalition brings together community strengths and resources within a geographic boundary through partnerships or coalitions of groups from different sectors. This approach promotes and supports community-based programs and activities for children and families with a focus on positive parenting, nutrition and physical health, literacy and learning and community capacity. View the Parent Child Programs. The parent child coalitions support existing activities and initiate new activities that reflect each community’s diversity and unique needs. There are 26 funded coalitions province-wide. See Map of Coalitions.

Recreation, Leisure and Play
Community recreation and leisure programming offers local opportunities for parents and young children to participate.