Professional Learning

 

The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) strongly believe that supporting early childhood educators (ECEs) to participate in ongoing professional learning is integral to high-quality practice and better outcomes for children and their families. Professional learning takes a variety of forms - post-secondary education, workshops, conferences, and professional learning communities. ECEs are able to gain foundational knowledge and strengthen competencies in areas such as child development, management and leadership and/or keep abreast of the latest research and best practice. Relevant and well-planned professional learning inspires and can motivate ECEs in the demanding, complex work they do each day. ECEs who participate in ongoing professional learning tend to stay within the field and are better equipped to co-learn with children, other professionals, and the families they work alongside.

One of AECEA's objectives is to make visible and advocate for AECEA's Professional Learning Framework, a ten-point plan to advance the professional learning of the early learning and care workforce to help ensure high quality services in the province.

Post-Secondary Funding Sources

Purpose:

The purpose of the Leadership Bursaries are to foster future leadership capacity by enabling senior organizational leaders to participate in formal education and professional development programs that enhance their ability to lead their organization and the field. The focus will be to develop or enhance leadership skills and innovation in service delivery and development, human resource management, organizational excellence and fiscal management.

Eligibility Requirements:

For all bursaries, applicants must:

  • Currently work as a senior staff member in a supervisory leadership role
  • Work in a Non-Government Organization (NGO) whose primary responsibility is to serve clients through the Children Services delivery system
  • Have worked in this organization a minimum of one year
  • Be employed by an organization/agency that is contracted by Children Services, to provide services

Organizations must:

Have contracted funding from the Government of Alberta through Children Services and be responsible for providing direct services to clients through the service delivery system.


The ALIGN Leadership Bursary program is offering agencies a bursary up to $5,000.00 towards Agency Leadership Development. We will choose on a first come first serve bases and can offer up to $5,000.00 per agency/per year.

Criteria:

  • You don’t have to be members of ALIGN, but you do have to provide services that are part of the Children Services through contract or grant
  • Agency to send a short (no more than 2 pages) outline of their plan including the cost, and goals that you intend to achieve.
  • When activities are complete report back as to how many people in your agency received the training and how it met your goals

Process:

For more information, go here.

*AECEA makes every effort to ensure this information is up to date. Please consult original documentation/website to confirm accuracy*

The purpose of this Leadership Bursary is to foster future leadership capacity by enabling senior organizational leaders to participate in formal education and professional development programs that enhance their ability to lead their organization and the field. The focus will be to develop or enhance leadership skills and innovation in service delivery and development, human resource management, organizational excellence and fiscal management. Tuition costs for non-accredited programs are a max. $5,000 and do not cover travel costs. This bursary can be granted throughout the year. This can be a course, workshop, conference etc. but must be leadership focused. Please note the intention it to support leadership courses. This NOT a practice (counselling, NMT, trauma, etc.) enhancement bursary.

Eligibility Requirements:

For all bursaries, applicants must:

  • Currently work as a senior staff member in a supervisory leadership role
  • Work in a Non-Government Organization (NGO) whose primary responsibility is to serve clients through the Children Services delivery system
  • Have worked in this organization a minimum of one year
  • Be employed by an organization/agency that is contracted by Children Services, to provide services

Organizations must:

Have contracted funding from the Government of Alberta through Children Services and be responsible for providing direct services to clients through the service delivery system.


Criteria:

  • You don’t have to be a member of ALIGN, but you do have to provide services that are part of Children Services through contract or grant.
  • Send the course outline or brochure with the application.
  • We require the exact costs. The agency or individual must pay for the tuition and provide a receipt. They will be reimbursed once submitted.

Process:

  • Fill in the ALIGN Bursary Application Form. The ED or CEO must sign the form so we know that this is part of the plan for your agency.
  • Send that to katiew@alignab.ca
  • You will receive a response back to your request within 4 weeks of receiving the request.

For more information, go here.

*AECEA makes every effort to ensure this information is up to date. Please consult original documentation/website to confirm accuracy*

To be eligible the student must:

  • The student must be enrolled in 20-59% of a full-time course load
  • be enrolled in a program of study designated for federal part-time funding, and
  • have a family income that is below the income threshold at which grant eligibility is cut-off listed in the table below.

To be eligible the student with dependants must:

  • comply with all of the above; and
  • have at least one dependant under the the age of 12 at the start date of studies, or 12 years of age or older requiring daily care due to a permanent disability.

Family size (including dependants)

Income threshold for maximum grant (in $)

Income threshold at which grant eligibility is cut-off (in $)

1

30,600

62,113

2

43,275

86,880

3

53,001

103,677

4

61,200

114,017

5

68,424

123,571

6

74,955

132,647

7 or more

80,960

140,484

Eligible students may receive up to $1,800 each school year (August 1 to July 31). Students can get this grant for each year of studies (including undergraduate and graduate levels) as long as they still qualify.

The grant amount is based on family income and family size. The grant amount gradually decreases as income increases, with the rate of reduction varying by family size. When family income is equal to or greater than the income threshold at which grant eligibility is cut-off, students are not eligible to receive any grant funding.

For more information on the Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Studies, go here.

*AECEA makes every effort to ensure this information is up to date. Please consult original documentation/website to confirm accuracy*

The CAJG is an employer-driven training program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees. Employers decide who gets training and what type of training may be needed for their employees. Eligible employers are required to contribute a minimum of one-third of the total training costs. Government contributes two-thirds of the cost to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee. If hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be covered, up to $15,000 per trainee. Individual employers will have a cap on the amount of grant funding they can receive annually ($300,000) to ensure that funding will be available for as many Alberta employers as possible.

Eligible trainees under the CAJG are: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and protected persons under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) who are entitled to work in Canada. Trainees must be residents of Alberta.

Eligible training:

  • Training must be incremental, meaning that the training is in addition to the employer’s regular operational training, and would not have otherwise taken place without the grant
  • Exceptions are made where the trainee is an unemployed hire who requires training, upgrading or bridging before starting the job
  • Training must be instructional and result in a credential

Training duration and format:

  • Minimum 21 instructional hours of training must start within 6 months of approval and be completed within 52 weeks of start date
  • Training that starts before grant is approved will not be reimbursed
  • Training can be delivered online, on-site, in a classroom or combined, on a part-time or full-time basis

For more information on the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, go here.

*AECEA makes every effort to ensure this information is up to date. Please consult original documentation/website to confirm accuracy*

Professional development funding is available for CDA's and CDW's who work in pre-accredited, or accredited, licensed child care centres. The levels of funding available to CDA's and CDW's through Alberta Children's Services vary based on number of hours claimed for the two consecutive months immediately prior to either the date of the expenditure or the date the application is received.

Day care and contracted family day home agency employees:

Hours claimed each month for two previous consecutive months Professional development grant limit
Fewer than 28 Not eligible
28 to 79 Up to $250 per fiscal year
80 or more Up to $1,000 per fiscal year

 

Out-of-school care employees:

Hours claimed each month for two previous consecutive months Professional development grant limit
Fewer than 28 Not eligible
28 to 79 Up to $250 per fiscal year
80 or more Up to $600 per fiscal year

 

Employees who work in both day care and out-of-school care:

Total combined hours in out-of-school care and day care Professional development grant limit
Fewer than 28 Not eligible
28 to 79 Up to $250 per fiscal year
80 or more total, but 79 or less in day care Up to $600 per fiscal year
80 or more in day care Up to $1,000 per fiscal year

 

Further eligibility information, and the application for funding, can be found on the Alberta Children's Services website.

*AECEA makes every effort to ensure this information is up to date. Please consult original documentation/website to confirm accuracy*

Professional development funding is available through AECEA to CDS' who are:

  • a Canadian Citizen or hold Canadian permanent resident status;
  • working as a paid staff member or family child care consultant/coordinator in a child care program or family day home agency; and
  • working a minimum of 80 hours a month; or 40 hours each month in a licensed out-of-school care program.

CDS' are eligible for up to $1,500 per fiscal year to attend post-secondary courses at a publicly funded post-secondary institution. 

Please note, all applications for funding through AECEA must be submitted prior to the start date of the course in order to qualify for funding.

Further information on professional development funding offered by AECEA can be found here, and the application for funding can be found here.

Freehorse Family Wellness Society (FFWS) is a non-profit organization founded by a few committed and dedicated leaders of Alberta based First Nations.

A Board of Directors including First Nations people provides the leadership and direction to the management and staff of FFWS.

FFWS is currently offering a post secondary funding program on behalf of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). Post Secondary Funding Program assists students from various Alberta First Nations whose status is the result of Bill C-31. Alberta residents from Nunavut and the North West Territories with Indian or Inuit Status are also eligible under our Post Secondary Funding Program.

Please go through their eligibility criteria to see if you are eligible to apply for sponsorship with their Program. During sponsorship, FFWS supports our students by providing tuition, books, and living allowance.

For more information and to apply, go here.

*AECEA makes every effort to ensure this information is up to date. Please consult original documentation/website to confirm accuracy*

Band funding

If you’re a Band member of a First Nation, you may be eligible for federal funding, administered through your Band office, to help you pay for your education. Here’s how to get started:

Scholarships and bursaries

 

*AECEA makes every effort to ensure this information is up to date. Please consult original documentation/website to confirm accuracy*

Muttart Bursary Program

Grants are usually awarded in amounts of less than $1,000 to cover the tuition or registration costs of courses, programs, conferences or other training opportunities. Courses or programs must be offered by a non-profit entity or a publicly funded post-secondary institution. Professional development opportunities may include:

  • administrative courses – accounting, computer skills, communication, interpersonal skills, supervision, etc.
  • program related courses – cultural awareness, youth engagement, counseling, community development, mentoring, coaching, pedagogical leadership, child development,  collective impact, outcome measurement, etc.
  • management level courses – human resources, information technology, legal, communications, project and change management, operations, financial and accounting, fund development, etc. 

Muttart Leadership Program

The aim of the Leadership Bursary program is to increase the capacity of senior staff, management staff, or persons serving in a senior staff capacity within these charities to contribute now, or in the near future, to leadership within or across organizations, or enhance leadership competence in key policy areas related to the charity or sub-sector’s work. Professional development opportunities may include:

  • leadership courses or programs
  • management programs
  • governance courses or programs
  • public policy courses or programs

Grants are usually awarded in amounts of less than $2,500 to cover the tuition or registration costs of courses or programs. Courses or programs must be offered by a non-profit entity or a publicly funded post-secondary institution. Bursaries cover course or program tuition costs, not travel, accommodation or incidental expenses.

Application Process

Please submit applications to the Foundation at least three weeks in advance of the course start date to provide sufficient time for a review of your request. If the application is received after the registration deadline, or if you have already registered for the course, the bursary will not be awarded.

For more information and to submit an application, go here.

*AECEA makes every effort to ensure this information is up to date. Please consult original documentation/website to confirm accuracy*

Workshop and Conference Funding

Educators looking to participate in ongoing professional learning by attending workshops and conferences can access professional development funding through AECEA (CDS) or Children's Services (CDW/CDA).

CDW & CDA PD FundingCDS PD Funding