UCN Celebrates the Expansion of the UCN Early Childhood Education Program

March 6, 2024

(The Pas/Thompson, MB) – University College of the North (UCN) is pleased to announce the expansion of the UCN Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs across Northern Manitoba in partnership with the Canada-Manitoba Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CW-ELCC) Agreement.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the UCN ECE The Pas campus at Mary Duncan School will celebrate the expansion on March 15. This event will acknowledge UCN’s five years of partnership with the Kelsey School Division. UCN’s recent signage on the Mary Duncan School announces that a UCN program is housed within the building.

“Mary Duncan School has been a wonderful welcoming home for the ECE program since 2019 and through the pandemic,” said Laura Ayres, UCN ECE Program Coordinator.

On-campus programs in The Pas and Thompson are taking 1st year intakes with up to 15 seats available on each campus for the 2024-2025 academic year.

The ECE 2-year diploma program will also be available in Norway House, Misipawistik (Grand Rapids), and Mathias Colomb (Pukatawagan) beginning in April 2024 with preparation classes and the 2-year diploma program to begin in September 2024-May 2026.

40-hour evening courses for Childcare Assistants and the public will be offered both on campus and in distance formats starting in Fall 2024.

The ECE workplace diploma program will also intake up to 20 students in the Fall of 2024.

Early Learning and Childcare Certificate Program leading to an ECE III designation will be offered via distance evening classes beginning in January 2025 – March 2026. Interested students can contact student-recruitment@ucn.ca for further information on this exciting opportunity.

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