Abstract: 

Recent international, national, and provincial interest in early childhood education, evidence of the positive impact of the early years on society and on learning later in life, and local government-generated reports inspired the study “Play in Early Learning Programs: Beliefs, Practices, and Professional Development.” This research was generated by the Early Childhood Development Association of Prince Edward Island in collaboration with the Research in Early Child Development team at the University of Prince Edward Island. This paper reports on the fourth and final phase of this research study, in which four early years centres on Prince Edward Island participated by developing and implementing an action research plan. Findings of this phase suggest how action research impacts early childhood educators’ practices, both personally and professionally, and how early childhood educators developed leadership skills and a sense of belonging to a community of learners during the action research journey.

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