Responding to the call from then Prime Minister of Jamaica Edward Seaga to assist community-based pre-schools (called basic schools in Jamaica), Dr. Mavis Burke established Women for PACE Canada in 1987, later renamed PACE Canada.
Introduction to PACE Canada
How does a group of caring individuals combine their love for children and the importance of early childhood education?
They create an organization called the Project for Advancement of Childhood Education (Canada), or simply PACE Canada.
PACE Canada is involved in a number of programs, in Jamaica and Canada, which enhance the overall development of young children at the critical age of 3-6 years. The organization does not receive any government funding so it is only from the generosity of individuals that PACE Canada can continue to provide these vital programs.
Promote early childhood education for socio-economically disadvantaged children through responsive community efforts.
Over the years, PACE Canada has honoured the Memory of early childhood innovator D.R.B. Grant for his contribution to education in Jamaica and the Caribbean, and to the formation of this organization in 1987. Several D.R.B. Grant Scholarships, for students pursuing education studies at Teachers Colleges, have been awarded.
P.A.C.E. (Canada) currently awards two Bursaries annually to students in the Early Childhood Education program at George Brown College in Ontario. The awarding of the Bursaries is administered by the College.