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-year 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

To be eligible the student must:

  • be enrolled in at least 20% of a full 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
  • 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, and
  • have remaining part-time eligibility not met by the Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Studies
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 who do not have dependants may receive up to $1,800 per loan year not exceeding student's assessed need. Eligible students with dependants may receive up to $1,920 per loan year not exceeding the the student's assessed need.

The minimum amount that will be issued is $100 per study period for students who do not have dependants.

For students with one or two dependants:

  • the maximum amount is $40 per week of study
  • the minimum amount that will be issued is $50 per study period

For students with three or more dependants:

  • the maximum amount is $60 per week of study
  • the minimum amount that will be issued is $60 per study period

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.

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.

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.

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 $1,000 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.

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.

Workshop and Conference Funding

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

CDW & CDA PD FundingCDS PD Funding