CHANCES – COVID-19 Update – May 21, 2020

As you are aware, CHANCES is preparing for the re-opening of child care programs for pre-schoolers as well as school aged children. In full compliance with all of the criteria set out by the Chief Public Health Office, and in close partnership with the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, CHANCES will be re-opening several of its child care programs on Monday, May 25, 2020.  

Moving towards achieving this goal, CHANCES has been directed to use specific criteria as set out by the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning to allocate the limited child care spaces available to children and families. The number of spaces allowed under the Chief Public Health Office criteria has been significantly reduced in this early phase of re-opening, which unfortunately means we cannot respond to the child care needs of all CHANCES families at this time.  

Earlier this month, questionnaires were emailed to all CHANCES families who currently have children enrolled in our centres, seeking updated information concerning your current child care needs.  Child care spaces have been allocated based on the information parents provided and subsequently applying the criteria as set out by government.  Families whose child care needs we were able to accommodate were notified Tuesday via email.  Families whose child care needs we were not able to accommodate were notified Wednesday via email.  Please be assured that your childcare space is safe, even if we are not yet able to accommodate your child’s participation at this time.  We will keep you updated as government allows us to open more child care spaces.  We thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.

COVID-19 Coping and Thriving Resources for Families Are Available at

Check out our new web pages for information and resources about coping with social distancing and isolation for Parents, Children and Families and for resources and information regarding In-home-play activity suggestions, home education activities, How to Talk to Kids About Covid-19, and Coping with Parent Stress. New information is being added regularly.

If you have questions about any aspects of child development, child behavior, or parenting or about any CHANCES programs you can AskCHANCES at

CHANCES – Covid-19 Update – Apr 30, 2020

On April 29, 2020 Premier Dennis King and Dr. Heather Morrison announced that child care centres will reopen on May 22, 2020.  Few details are available at this time, but CHANCES is exploring with the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and the Early Childhood Development Association what this will look like, and we will post information as it becomes available.


All CHANCES Smart Play programs will be closed effectively immediately and until further notice.

All Smart Start programs will be closed beginning March 17, 2020 until further notice.

All CAPC programs and Best Start in-home visits are cancelled until further notice.

This decision is based on guidelines from the Chief Public Health Office of PEI, and consistent with current provincial government decisions regarding childcare programs.

We understand that this is a very difficult time for parents, children and families. CHANCES will continue to work diligently to follow the guidelines of the Chief Public Health Office, as well as decisions of the provincial government to protect the health of all children and families.

CHANCES Announcing New Program Opening!

We are pleased to announce the opening of our newest program, Smart Start – Murphy’s Community Centre. This program is offering fully licensed, high quality early learning and child care to children ages 3 and 4. Staffed by certified Early Childhood Educators, the program is intentional in promoting the overall development of children, as well as supporting parents. The program offers early educational experiences, based on the PEI Early Learning Framework using an emergent curriculum approach.

For more information, or to register your child please contact:

Dawn MacLeod as follows:
Phone – 902-892-8744
Email –

Celebrating CHANCES Ferry Rd!

CHANCES Ferry Rd has been offering programs and services to children and families in the Cornwall area for over ten years. We are celebrating some recent updates and renovations to the Ferry Rd space. These updates ensure that CHANCES maintains high quality environments in supporting the development of children and engaging families.

  • Clean and Serene
    Everything In Its Place
    Kids Table

  • Mr Red Pants
    Plant Board
    Smile and Wave
  • Outside