Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact the AECEA office at info@aecea.ca or (780) 421-7544.

General FAQ

General Acronyms

Child Development Assistant

CDA (formerly Level 1)

Child Development Worker

CDW (formerly Level 2)

Child Development Supervisor

CDS (formerly Level 3)

Early Childhood Educator

ECE

Early Learning and Child Care

ELCC

Professional Development

PD

Professional Learning

PL

Professional Learning Community

PLC

Out of School Care

OSC or OOSC

Quality Enhancement Plan

QEP

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

DAP

Individual Program Plan

IPP

 

Organization Acronyms

Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services

AELCS

Alberta Association of Child Care Operators

AACCO

Alberta Child Care Association (Former name of AECEA)

ACCA

Alberta Family Child Care Association

AFCCA

Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement

ARCQE

Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta

AECEA

Canadian Child Care Federation

CCCF

Central Alberta Family Day Home Association

CAFDHA

Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada

CCAAC

Child Care Association for Resources to Administrators

CAFRA

Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute

CTRI

Early Childhood Development Support Services

ECDSS

Foothills Children's Wellness Network

FCWN

Getting Ready for Inclusion Today

GRIT Program

Medicine Hat & District Child Care Association

MHDCCA

Northern Alberta Preschool Teachers Association

NAPTA

School Age Care Directors Association of Alberta

SACDA

Southern Alberta Preschool Teachers Association

SAPTA

 

If you would like your organization listed here, please contact the AECEA office at info@aecea.ca or (780) 421-7544.

Membership

How much does membership cost?

  • Membership with AECEA is free for full-time students enrolled in publicly funded post-secondary ECE programs in Alberta.
  • Part-time students pay a reduced membership fee of $50 + GST per year.
  • Annual fees for associate members are $125 + GST.
  • Annual fees for professional members are $125 + GST.
  • Monthly fees for professional members are $10.75 + GST per month.
  • Professional members whose employers participate in AECEA’s group health plan pay $95 + GST for their annual fees.

What are the associate member benefits?

AECEA’s associate members enjoy the following benefits:

  • free affiliate membership in the CCCF, which is a cost saving of $90
  • access to a number of workforce and workplace related benefits and discounts, including the following:
    • a comprehensive group health benefit plan that offers life and disability insurance, coverage for prescription drugs, dental and vision care, and medical coverage for travellers
    • a 20% discount on TimeSavr, a web-based software which is specifically designed to help child care professionals and organizations manage staffing, attendance, payments, and other administrative tasks
    • access to Foster Park Brokers commercial insurance, which is tailored to the ELCC industry
    • 15% off on-site workshops through the Imagine Institute for Learning (formerly ECDSS)
    • $25 off T2 tax filing through UFile
    • 10% discount on HRDownloads, a web-based HR software that is tailored to your needs

What are the professional and student member benefits?

AECEA’s professional and student members are part of the association’s strong, united voice on legislation, policy, funding, training, professional learning and other issues that affect ECEs.

Professional and student members enjoy the following benefits:

  • the opportunity to contribute to AECEA’s advocacy for accessible, affordable, high-quality child care delivered by a respected, well-compensated professional ELCC workforce
  • a monthly e-newsletter, Networking News, that includes updates on AECEA’s activities, information about professional learning opportunities and events, links to the latest research and inspirational stories from the field
  • discounts on AECEA-sponsored workshops and events (including the popular annual conference, which is usually sold out)
  • reduced fees for selected educational and professional learning offerings sponsored by AECEA’s partners
  • access to a group health benefits plan (available to professional and student members whose employers are AECEA associate members)
  • reduced membership fees for professional members whose employers participate in AECEA’s group health benefits plan
  • AECEA’s support and organizational backing to empower personal advocacy for the recognition of ECEs as well-qualified, well-compensated professionals
  • opportunities to develop leadership skills and make a difference by getting involved in the association
  • free affiliate membership in the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF), which is a cost saving of $65
    • CCCF affiliate membership includes discounts on books and resources, weekly email updates and access to the federation’s members-only quarterly journal
  • 15% off the Imagine Institute for Learning (formerly ECDSS) workshops
  • 15% off personal tax returns through UFile
  • 15% off public workshops through the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) and the ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership and Workplace Performance
  • Up to 40% off home and auto insurance through The Co-Operators

What types of memberships are available?

AECEA offers three membership categories:

  • Professional members are Alberta-certified ECEs and post-secondary educators who work in the field of early learning and child care. This category also includes staff and contractors who work for, or in support of, licensed child care programs and approved family day home agencies.
     
  • Student members are enrolled in post-secondary early learning and child care programs in Alberta. Students in leadership, management, human resources, and other programs related to early learning and child care are also eligible for AECEA membership.
     
  • Associate members are agencies or groups that support AECEA’s goals.

Professional members and student members have voting rights at AECEA’s general meetings. Associate members are welcome to attend AECEA meetings, but cannot vote.

Alternate Funding Sources

ALIGN Leadership Bursary - Agency Leadership Development Bursary

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*

ALIGN Leadership Bursary - ALIGN Leadership Bursary for Non-Accredited Programs/Courses

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 the 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*

Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Studies

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*

Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG)

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*

Freehorse Family Wellness Society

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*

Indigenous Student Supports

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*

The Muttart Foundation Bursary Program - Restricted to Registered Charities

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*

The Muttart Foundation Training Program - Restricted to Registered Charities

Program Details

The Training Funding Program is open to registered charities working in the field of social services and early childhood education and care organizations in Alberta and Saskatchewan and certain regional and national umbrella charities supporting charities in Canada.  The aim of this funding program is to build a charity’s organizational capacity through staff and key volunteer professional development.

Two or more eligible charities may jointly apply for funding that would see them collaborate on a training initiative for their staff or key volunteers. In some cases, rather than charities sending all their staff to separate courses or workshops, it may be more prudent for a group of charities to hire a trainer, instructor, or consultant to conduct a joint training session on a specific topic of importance to the charities involved. Funding for this type of training initiative may be eligible for funding under this program.

Available Funding

Generally, training grants are awarded in amounts less than $5,000, but in exceptional circumstances larger grants may be made. Funding may cover course or workshop fees, instructor or consultant fees, room rental, and on occasion the consultant’s travel or accommodation expenses. It is preferable if courses or programs are offered by instructors from a publicly funded educational institution, a non-profit organization or a registered charity.  Prior to the application being submitted, the two (or more) charities involved in the joint training initiative must identify the staff and key volunteers who will be participating in the training. This program isn’t intended to cover the training costs associated with conferences or workshops that are open for registration.

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*

Certification

Do I need to be certified to work in child care?

If you are looking to work in a licensed day care program, out-of-school care program, or pre-school program you need to be certified. Child care staff must be certified within 6 months of employment and must not have unsupervised access to children until certified.

Once you apply, your application will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible for one of the 3 levels of child care staff certification:

  • Child Development Assistant (formerly Level 1)
  • Child Development Worker (formerly Level 2)
  • Child Development Supervisor (formerly Level 3)

For more information, see the Child Care Staff Certification Guide

*Children's Services website - September 12, 2019 (Child Care Staff Certification Guide (April 2018))

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

What are the certification levels?

There are three certification levels in Alberta:

  • Child Development Assistant (CDA), formerly Level 1
  • Child Development Worker (CDW), formerly Level 2
  • Child Development Supervisor (CDS), formerly Level 3

*Children's Services website - September 12, 2019 (Child Care Staff Certification Guide (April 2018))

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

 

What are the language proficiency requirements for CDW and CDS Certification?

An approved language proficiency assessment is required for certification as child development worker or supervisor unless an individual’s education was completed in a country where English or French is the primary language of instruction throughout all levels of schooling.

The countries below have been identified as providing instruction in English throughout all levels of schooling

If the education was completed in a country not listed below, a language proficiency assessment is required.

Australia

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

British Virgin Islands

Canada

Cayman Islands

Dominica

Gibraltar

Grenada

Guyana

Ireland

Jamaica

New Zealand

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Lucia

Trinidad and Tobago

United Kingdom

United States of America

 

 

Language proficiency assessments accepted for certification:

  • CELPIP General (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program).

Level 7 must be achieved in all areas (reading, writing, listening, speaking)
Website: www.celpip.ca
Toll free phone: 1-800-958-5186

  • IELTS General (International English Language Testing System)

A score of 6 must be achieved in all areas (reading, writing, listening, speaking) .
Website: www.ielts.org

 

*Children's Services website - September 12, 2019 (Child Care Staff Certification Guide (April 2018))

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

 

What are the recognized educational equivalencies for certification?

Child Development Assistant

Child Development Worker

Child Development Supervisor

45-hour (3 credit) college-level course in early learning and child care

Early Learning and Child Care certificate

Early Learning and Child Care diploma

Child Care Orientation Course (Alberta government sponsored course)

Disability Studies diploma

Alberta Teaching Certificate

CCS 3110-3150 offered though Career and Technology Studies at Alberta high schools

Educational Assistant diploma

Bachelor of Child Studies Degree

The Step Ahead Family Day Home Training or Family Child Care Training Program

Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology - family ecology major

Bachelor of Education: 4-year degree or 2-year after degree

 

Bachelor of Kinesiology (B.Kin.) or Kinesiology diploma

Child and Youth Care diploma or degree

 

Community Rehabilitation degree or Rehabilitation Assistant diploma

Bachelor of Social Work degree

 

Therapeutic Recreation diploma or degree

 

 

Social Work diploma

 

 

Individuals who have completed some related coursework but have not received an educational credential may be assessed against the content and hours from Alberta Early Learning and Child Care certificate and diploma programs. To view the coursework equivalencies, go here.

*Children's Services website - September 12, 2019 (Child Care Staff Certification Guide (April 2018))

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

What are the requirements to obtain each certification level?

Child Development Assistant

You will be eligible to receive a child development assistant certificate upon completion of one of the following:

  • a 45-hour (3 credit) post-secondary course related to child development
  • the Child Care Orientation Course
  • CCS 3110, 3120, 3130, 3140, and 3150 offered through Career and Technology Studies at Alberta high schools
  • the Step Ahead Family Day Home Training or Family Child Care Training Program through an approved Alberta Family Day Home Agency registered with the Alberta Family Child Care Association.

Acceptable 3-credit post-secondary courses related to child development include:

  • Introduction to early learning and child care
  • Learning through play
  • Educational psychology

Child Development Worker

You will be eligible to receive a child development worker certificate upon completion of either:

  • a 1-year early learning and child care certificate program offered by an Alberta college or university; or
  • an approved educational equivalency

Approved educational equivalencies recognized for child development worker certification:

  • Disability Studies: 2-year diploma
  • Educational Assistant: 2-year diploma
  • Bachelor of Science in human ecology: 4-year degree with a major in family ecology
  • Kinesiology: 4-year Bachelor degree (B.Kin.) or 2-year Kinesiology diploma
  • Community Rehabilitation: 4-year degree or Rehabilitation Assistant 2- year diploma
  • Therapeutic Recreation: 2-year diploma or 4-year degree
  • Social Work: 2-year diploma

Child Development Supervisor

You will be eligible to receive a child development supervisor certificate upon completion of either:

  • a 2-year early learning and child care diploma program offered by an Alberta college or university; or
  • an approved educational equivalency

Approved educational equivalencies recognized for child development supervisor certification:

  • Alberta Teaching Certificate
  • Bachelor of Child Studies: 4-year degree
  • Bachelor of Education: 4-year degree or 2-year after degree
  • Child and Youth care: 4-year degree or 2-year diploma
  • Bachelor of Social Work: 4-year degree

A Coursework Equivalency is available for individuals who have completed related coursework but have not received an educational credential. Courses are assessed against the content and hours from Alberta ELCC certificate and diploma programs for child development worker or supervisor certification. See the chart here.

*Children's Services website - September 12, 2019 (Child Care Staff Certification Guide (April 2018))

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

What if I have certification already in another province?

Early childhood professionals certified in another province are eligible for certification in Alberta without another formal assessment of the person’s educational credentials.

Alberta

Child Development Assistant

Child Development Worker

Child Development Supervisor

British Columbia

Early Childhood Educator Assistant

Early Childhood Educator

Early Childhood Educator with Special Needs or Infant/Toddler

Manitoba

None

None

Early Childhood Educator II or III

Newfoundland/Labrador

None

Level 1

Level 2, 3, or 4

Nova Scotia

Entry Level or Level 1

None

Level 2, 3, or School Age Approval

Ontario

None

None

Early Childhood Educator

Prince Edward Island

None

Early Childhood Program Staff

Early Childhood Supervisor

Saskatchewan

Early Childhood Educator I

Early Childhood Educator II

Early Childhood Educator III

Yukon Territory

Child Care Worker 1 or 1a

Child Care Worker 2 or 2a

Child Care Worker 3

 

To apply for Alberta certification under this equivalency, submit the following:

*Children's Services website - September 12, 2019 (Child Care Staff Certification Guide (April 2018))

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

What if my education is from outside of Canada?

Education that has been completed outside of Canada may be recognized for certification; however, additional documents may be required.

It is recommended that first time applicants apply for certification by submitting the following:

  • a completed Application for Child Care Staff Certification. You will need to print and sign the form; 
  • a copy of your personal identification that includes your birth date and signature; and
  • a copy of your post-secondary transcripts or marks sheets, including a copy of your graduation certificate. Please do not submit original documents.

Once your application has been assessed, a letter will be sent to you by mail. The letter will explain what certification level you could be eligible for and what documents to provide to be assessed at that level.


If you are eligible for child development worker or supervisor certification, you may be asked to provide one or more of the following documents:

  • Official post-secondary (higher education) transcripts, or verified copies of marks sheets and graduation certificates, sent directly from the college or university where you completed your education to the Alberta Certification Office.

These documents must be sent from the school to the Alberta Child Care Staff Certification Office in an envelope sealed by the school. The envelope must not be opened, and it cannot be sent by a relative or friend.

  • English language proficiency assessment. If your education was completed in a a country in which English or French is not the primary language, you will be required to submit this.
  • English translation of transcripts. If your official transcripts and/or graduation certificates have been issued in a language other than English or French, they must be translated into English by a certified translator. Please note that the official transcripts must first be sent to the Alberta Certification Office directly from the educational institution. The Alberta Certification Office will then send you a photocopy of these transcripts for translation.
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) basic credential assessment. If the Alberta Certification Office is not familiar with your education, they may request that you provide an IQAS assessment to determine the equivalent Canadian education. The process to obtain an IQAS assessment can be found at iqas.alberta.ca

*Children's Services website - September 12, 2019 (Child Care Staff Certification Guide (April 2018))

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

Professional Development Funding

How do I apply for PD funding?

Before applying for PD funding, the program you are employed by must have signed and submitted the Grant Application for Wage Top-up and Professional Development Funding form to Alberta Children's Services. Once the form has been accepted by Children's Services, follow the following steps:

1. Submit the Professional Development Funding Request Application

  • Once the form has been submitted it will be reviewed by the Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program. 
  • If the program is determined as eligible for professional development funding, a Grant Agreement will be sent to the authorized representative of the license/contract holder (as specified by the program on the Grant Application).
  • If the program is determined as not eligible for the professional development funding, the authorized representative of the license/contract holder will receive a written notification indicating the reason why.

2. Review and sign the Grant Agreement

  • After the completed Grant Application has been processed and the child care program has been determined eligible for the wage top-up and professional development funding, the Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program will send a copy of the official Grant Agreement to the authorized representative of the license/contract holder as listed on the application.
  • The license/contract holder must ensure full understanding and compliance to all requirements for the professional development funding as contained in this Funding Guide prior to signing the Agreement.
  • The authorized official of the license/contract holder must sign the Grant Agreement and return the original signed copy by mail or email to:
    Alberta Children’s Services
    Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program
    Sterling Place, 9940-106 Street
    Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2N2
    cs.childcarefunding@gov.ab.ca

3. Once the signed Grant Agreement has been received by the Ministry, an authorized representative of the Alberta government will sign it and a copy of the executed agreement will be sent to the designated official as determined by the license/contract holder.

4. Only after both parties have signed the Grant Agreement is the child care program considered approved for funding. Funding will be commence based on the “Effective Date” as stated on the Grant Agreement.

The approved professional development funding payment will be part of the overall child care program deposit when the next monthly claim is processed. The staff name and professional development funding payment amount will be reflected on the Monthly Payment Summary Statement.

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

How do I submit a reflection form for an application approved by AECEA prior to April 1, 2020?

A reflection form must be submitted for all applications approved by AECEA prior to April 1, 2020 for CDS PD funding. The reflection form can be completed at https://aecea.ca/webform/reflection-form.

How much PD funding am I eligible for?

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

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

Program Accountability for PD Funding

The program must comply with all the terms set out in the Grant Agreement that was signed between the Grant Recipient and the Minister, which includes the content contained in this funding guide.

All child care programs that receive grant funding must maintain required attendance records, receipts, and financial/payroll records to support all funding payments relating to wage top-ups and professional development. Programs are subject to selected or random audits by the Government of Alberta. If a program falsely obtains funds, fails to provide required documentation, or fails to report funding not paid to staff, the amount will be adjusted accordingly through the claims payment process and eligibility for ongoing funding may be terminated.

  • The program must retain a copy of all receipts supporting the professional development grant payments made to the program.
  • Receipts must indicate the same expenditure that was claimed and must match the staff or program’s name, amount of payment and payment date as submitted on the Professional Development Funding Request Form.
  • Any funding that is paid without supporting receipts, not transferred to the staff member, or not used as approved on the Professional Development Funding Request Form, must be reported using the Program Funding Adjustment Request Form found online at alberta.ca/online-child-care-claims-system.aspx.

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

What if I have questions about an application submitted prior to April 1, 2020?

Child Development Assistants & Workers

Up until March 31, 2020, the CDA and CDW PD funding program was linked to accreditation, but still facilitated by Children's Services. Any questions about applications submitted prior to April 1, 2020 can be directed to Children's Services at 1 (800) 661-9754 or cs.childcarefunding@gov.ab.ca.

Child Development Supervisors

Up until March 31, 2020, AECEA facilitated the CDS PD funding program. Any questions about applications submitted prior to April 1, 2020 can be directed to the AECEA office at (780) 421-7544 or info@aecea.ca.

What types of training costs are covered?

Professional development funding helps offset tuition fees and required course textbooks for approved post-secondary coursework leading to a higher level of certification for staff certified as a Child Development Assistant/Worker or to strengthen leadership, management, pedagogical leadership, administration, and early childhood education skills and knowledge (for staff certified as a Child Development Supervisor).

Professional development funding may also be used to offset the cost of tuition, conference and workshop fees related to early learning and child care that have been approved by the Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program. Please contact the Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program to verify if the course/conference/workshop you need to know whether it is eligible for professional development funding by calling 1-800-661-9754 or emailing cs.childcarefunding@gov.ab.ca.

Professional development funding may not be requested if another grant or bursary has been awarded for the same purpose.

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

What types of training costs are not covered?

Expenses not allowable for professional development:

  • Accommodations, meals, alcohol, and travel costs.
  • Additional fees charged by an educational institution.
  • Non-approved courses, workshops or conferences (i.e., those not related to child development or not approved by the Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program).
  • Language proficiency assessments (CELPIP/IELTS).
  • English as a Second Language coursework.
  • First-Aid training and food safety courses.
  • Resource books and materials not part of registered coursework.

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

Who is eligible for PD funding?

The professional development grant funding is intended for staff that are paid employees of eligible child care programs who:

  • Provide direct child care, including program supervisors and alternate supervisors (as defined in the Child Care Licensing Regulation) as well as persons hired in the role of family child care consultants/coordinators with a contracted family day home agency.
  • Are certified as a Child Development Assistant, Child Development Worker or Child Development Supervisor.
  • Are a Canadian citizen or an official Permanent Resident of Canada.
  • Have worked at least 29 hours per month for the previous two consecutive months from the date of the expenditure or the date the application was received.
  • Have submitted a Professional Development Funding Request Form and made a payment for the course, workshop, or conference within the same fiscal year (April to March).

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