The Brain Story Certification course provides detailed scientific information for those seeking a deeper understanding of brain development and its consequences for lifelong health. Participants receive certification in brain story science upon course completion.
All early childhood educators (ECEs) who have completed their Brain Story certification course after February 25, 2022 and work in a licensed/approved child care program are eligible for reimbursement. For the 20-hour Brain Story Certification, ECEs can expect to receive $17.50/hour ($350.00) in reimbursement through their employer. Programs can expect $1.33/hour ($26.60) to offset wage-related expenses for the ECE. NOTE: This reimbursement is NOT LINKED to the Release Time Grant offered by Children's Services. The 20 hours DO NOT count towards the hours of the Release Time Funding grant, and reimbursement will come from AECEA, not from Children’s Services.
This reimbursement is available to both AECEA members and non-members.
Apply for reimbursement using the form below. ECEs must upload their Child Care Staff Qualification Certificate and their Brain Story certificate of completion. We are unable to provide reimbursement directly to an individual. Programs will need to complete an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form to receive the funds. The form along with instructions on where to send it can be found here.
Please see our FAQ at the bottom of the page to answer any questions you may have on the reimbursement process.
Following completion of the Brain Story Certification course, ECEs are encouraged to continue the learnings as it applies to Flight by joining Theory-to-Practice sessions offered by AECEA and receive an additional 10 hours of reimbursement upon completion.