Effective April 1, 2020, all licensed daycare, out-of-school care, group family child care, and approved family day home agencies can apply for grant funding to support the recruitment, retention and professional development of their staff, assuming they have signed the Grant Agreement with the Alberta government.
Professional development funding is provided to child care programs to assist eligible staff with the costs of approved post-secondary tuition and textbooks as well as approved conferences or workshops. The funding is intended to support paid child care staff to pursue further training and professional development opportunities to obtain higher levels of certification and strengthen leadership, management, pedagogical leadership, administration, and early childhood education skills and knowledge.
The funding amounts educators are eligible for are determined by the certification level of the educator and the number of hours worked in the two months preceding the application.
|Professional Development||Required Monthly Hours Worked||Child Development Assistant/Worker||Child Development Supervisor|
|Post-secondary coursework||29-79 hours||Up to $250/year||Up to $250/year|
|80 or more hours||Up to$1,000/year||Up to $1,500/year|
|Conferences and workshops||27-79 hours||Up to $250/year||Up to $100/year|
|80 or more hours||Up to $500/year||Up to $200/year|
|Maximum annual funding||29-79 hours||Up to $250/year (combined of tuition, workshops and conferences)||Up to $350/year ($250 for coursework and $100 for workshops and conferences|
|80 or more hours||Up to $1,000/year (with maximum of $500 for workshops and conferences)||Up to $1,700/year ($1,500 for coursework and $200 for workshops and conferences|
Further eligibility information, and the application for funding, can be found on the Alberta Children's Services website.