Well-trained Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) professionals are essential to the quality care and education for children from birth through eight years of age. Students in the ELCC program will become these professionals through interactive experiences, lecture delivery and practicum placements.

Full-time on-campus students have the opportunity to complete a Certificate or Diploma and the chance to complete practicum placement in a variety of child care settings. Students will receive hands on training from skilled and dedicated instructors and mentors.

Early Learning and Child Care professionals who work full-time can further their education through RDC courses in several ways including part-time, distance or on-line delivery.

Instructors include Jane Proudlove, Theresa Wiart, Lois Maplethorpe and Shauna Philip.


JANE PROUDLOVE, MSc (Marriage and Family Counseling), BSc (Physical Therapy)

Coordinator of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Program, RDRH, founded and is still active in Developmental Therapy Services.
Instructor at RDC in Early Learning and Child Care, Disability and Community Studies and Education Assistant programs.

Community Involvement
Volunteered with a project in St. Kitts, West Indies providing Physical Therapy services to elderly clients with amputations.
Consulted in Kendu Bay, Kenya, with a community outreach team that travels to the small communities identifying and treating children with a variety of disabilities.


THERESA WIART, MEd (Early Education), BEd (Generalist) 

Instructor at RDC in Early Learning and Child Care and Disability and Community Studies Co-founder, pre-school daycare Kindergarten teacher for Red Deer Public School District, and Director and teacher at Wonderflow School House.

Community Involvement 
Moderator for Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services Pedagogical Leader and Partner for the Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework Workshop presenter for Teachers’ Convention, Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement, Dayhome Agencies and Early Childhood Educational Conferences.


SHAUNA PHILIP, Complex Trauma Graduate program, Bachelor of Education University of Alberta/Red Deer College Collaborative Degree program, Red Deer College Early Childhood Development Diploma. Currently I am also participating in a graduate program related to Counselling and School Psychology.

Family Day Home Provider, Family Day Home Coordinator, Early Childhood Educator in both day care and preschool programs as well as teaching within a school environment, Instructor at RDC in Early Learning and Child Care, Administrative Professional and the Computer Learning Lab.

Community Involvement
Participation on community advisory boards which include: Wichinahin Kohopikiwan (Helping Me Grow) playschool program and a provincial RCMP Psychological Health and Wellness committee.