The idea and inspiration for beginning an organization specifically designated for childcare administrators began in April of 1986. The QAPPD currently known as the “Quebec Association for Preschool Professional Development” was inspired by various sub-committees designated for childcare administrators between the years of 1986-1988. In 1988 the QAPPD become independent of all sub-committees and excitingly became an incorporated association.

Our Story

The QAPPD stands for quality childcare for our future generations and holds its association members to a standard of integrity and ethical respect for the field of early childhood education.

Our organization is devoted to supporting Executive Directors of early childhood centres through a variety of trainings and professional development. The association shares relevant and pertinent information as well as provides various resources for Executive Directors and early childhood educators. The underlying goal of the QAPPD association is to strengthen early childhood services through training and development, support leaders in their mission and vison and to advocate for quality childcare services for young children; the future of our universe!

We consider ourselves an innovative and professional organization dedicated to inspiring best practices within the early childhood education field. We focus on supporting, guiding and mentoring early childhood leaders to ensure quality childcare within various childcare centres in the region of Quebec.

Joining our association provides members with a competitive advantage:

  • We provide our members with information to help Executive Directors become pertinent leaders within the industry of early childhood education
  • We brief members on important industry trends
  • We inform members on new legislative measures
  • We offer networking opportunities, offering individuals an opportunity to connect with their peers, mentors, and other industry leaders
  • We offer opportunities to attend conventions, seminars and related events with professionals within the field

As an association member, you will be in a unique position to gain a competitive edge by utilizing our educational resources

We pride ourselves in welcoming new members within a supportive and collaborative environment for every Executive Director.

A proposed draft for association By-Laws were presented to the members in March 1988 and two possible names for the new association were discussed. They were: “The Association of Early Childhood Education Administrators” OR “The Association of Early Childhood Education”.

In April 1988, a new name was chosen. It was the “Quebec Association of Early Childhood Education Centers”. On July 29, 1988 we became officially incorporated and our new name chosen, after much deliberation and discussion was the “Quebec Association for Pre-school Professional Development” aka the QAPPD.

Our first Annual General Meeting of the QAPPD was held on November 30, 1988, and in February 1989 the design of our logo with the two hands was approved by all.

The QAPPD continued to grow and flourish. Over the course of the years, the QAPPD has always maintained its mission to support early childhood care center directors through their day to day challenges and also by providing professional development opportunities.

We are a strong, proud, competent, hard-working and dedicated group of professionals that will continue to strive for excellence in the early childhood education field while continuing to enhance and expand our own competencies along the way.

The journey continues…


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