Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – Gov. of NL

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Confederation Building, 3rd Floor, West Block
P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

Tel: (709) 729-5097        Email:
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To provide citizens with the values, knowledge and skills necessary to be productive and contributing members of society.

Target Population:

Educators, children, youth and their families.

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development was established under the Executive Council Act and is responsible for achieving outcomes with respect to early childhood development and the K-12 education system. Programs and services are provided through the department’s two branches:

Programs and services:

  • Educational Policy and Direction: The department sets the strategy and vision for the K-12 education system and provincial early learning and child care.
  • Curriculum and Programs: In the K-12 system, responsibilities include:
    • Developing and monitoring the French and English curricula and programs
    • Creating or selecting learning resources
    • Distributing resources and equipment to schools
    • Developing programs for improved teaching and learning
    • Developing and supporting inclusive education initiatives
    • Supporting safe, caring and inclusive environments
    • Providing teacher professional learning opportunities
    • Collaborating with Indigenous groups
  • Support for Children and Youth with Diverse Needs and Exceptionalities: The department provides a broad range of support services to enhance inclusive practices in child care and learning environments for children and youth with diverse needs and exceptionalities.
  • Early Childhood Learning: The department fosters early childhood learning opportunities through cooperation with other departments and agencies. Responsibilities include:
    • Developing and implementing early childhood learning resources
    • Developing and monitoring the KinderStart/BonDépart program
    • Developing the provincial early childhood learning framework & learning strategy
    • Learning from the Start program
    • Early literacy partnerships with public libraries
    • Parent Resource Kit partnership with regional health authorities
    • Power of Play promotional campaign
  • Child Care Services and Family Resource Centres: Responsibilities include:
    • Monitoring and licensing of regulated child care services
    • Conducting investigations of complaints for regulated and unregulated child care
    • Providing financial support to regulated child care services on behalf of eligible families
    • Providing financial support for the development and operation of child care centres and family child care homes
    • Providing financial assistance to help recruit and retain ECEs
    • Supporting the operation and development of family resource centres across the province
    • Supporting children’s transition from child care to the K-12 system
  • Student Assessment and Research: The department collects data and manages databases for core areas such as child care services, enrollment, student support services, student achievement and graduate outcomes. Responsibilities include:
    • Evaluation, monitoring, test development and certification processes for the K-12 system
    • Administration of the General Educational Development (GED) test
    • All major functions related to education system performance, such as education statistics, planning, accountability, policy development and research
  • Support to Entities: The department provides support in many areas to the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial, and the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board. Some areas of support include:
    • School transportation
    • Teacher allocation
    • Teachers’ payroll
    • Operating grants for both school districts and libraries
    • Support for compliance with government legislation and policy