Central Hastings Early Education and Childcare is a charitable non-profit co-operative organization, incorporated by Letters Patent January 26, 1989. The affairs of CHEEC are run by a volunteer Board of Directors. As a co-operative group, every member is required to participate in the various community and fund raising activities throughout the year.
Originally our part-time Nursery School program was housed in the basement of the Presbyterian Church and then the United Church. September 1997 we moved to 117 Durham St., and expanded our program to include full and part-time programs, for children 6 weeks to school age. July 2001 we purchased our home at 109 Elgin St., which was renovated by many volunteers and parents. We moved in November 2001.
By July of 2002 the school age component of our program had grown to the point that it needed a home of it’s own. Madoc School Age Program is currently located in the Resource Room beside the Library at Madoc Public School.
September 2006 we opened a Best Start location in Earl Prentice Public School, Marmora to meet the needs of families in the Marmora area. Our program grew and in the fall of 2007 we opened an After School Program in Earl Prentice for the school aged children. September 2010 we closed the Best Start program when Earl Prentice Public School began the Early Learning Program. We continue to operate our School Age Program there.
March 2009, Children’s Nursery Centre joined with us to further serve the children and families of the Marmora area.
We share with parents the role of raising children to be responsible and creative people. Through a variety of fun activities both structured and unstructured we hope to help the child develop physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally. CHEEC is a place where a child can grow at his own level, in his own time.