Professional Development Funding (Child Development Supervisors)
In April 2015, the AECEA applied for, and was given, a three-year grant by Alberta Children's Services to support eligible Child Development Supervisors (CDS') to participate in select post-secondary courses, workshops, and conferences. Each year, the AECEA is able to award up to $217,500 in funding to those CDS' looking to improve their skills and knowledge and in the process, enhance the quality of child care programs and adhere with the Provincial Family Day Home Standards and legislated requirements for licensed child care in Alberta.
Conferences & Workshops - $150,000/year
Post-secondary courses/programs - $52,500/year
Am I Eligible?
Qualified individuals must have a valid Child Development Supervisor certificate issued in Alberta and be:
- 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 family day home providers and CDS working in preschools do not qualify for this funding**
As the funding from Alberta Children's Services is limited, the AECEA is unable to approve every application received and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.
Once funding is depleted, applicants will be notified and a notice will be placed on the Association's website.
What is the maximum funding I am eligible for?
Maximum Funding per CDS
|Post-secondary education courses||Up to $1,000 per year|
|Workshops and conferences||Up to $200 per year|
What types of courses, workshops, and conferences may be approved?
While this is not an exhaustive list, these are some examples of courses and workshops that might be approved for funding:
- Pedagogical leadership
- Program management (human resources, financial, etc.)
- Communication (with children, families & other professionals)
- Curriculum framework (Play, participation, and possibilities)
- Children's rights and mental health
- Cultural sensitivity and diversity
Conferences must be offered by an approved Canadian institution or association, and be conducted within Canada (preferably Alberta)
Workshops must be offered through an approved trainer or facilitator who has the necessary educational background and experience to deliver the specific workshop content.
Post-secondary courses must be offered through a Canadian publicly funded post-secondary institution.
English as an additional language courses, training related to basic requirements (e.g. first aid, food hygiene, WHIMIS) or basic running of a business will not be considered, nor will courses or conferences taking place outside of Canada.
Please contact the AECEA if you are unsure if a course, workshop or conference may qualify.
How do I apply?
Each CDS should complete the appropriate online application form. They will require a copy of their CDS certificate and a receipt for payment of course/conference/workshop.
Applications must be received a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of two months in advance for workshops, and up to four months in advance for post-secondary courses.
The AECEA can no longer accept faxed or emailed application forms.
How will I receive payment?
The AECEA will maintain contact with applicants (and programs if necessary) via email and send word if the application has been approved or declined. If funding is awarded, each CDS must submit a Reflection Form within two weeks of completing the course, conference, workshop or professional learning community. Once the reflection form has been submitted, a cheque for the pre-approved funding amount will be mailed to the organization.
Should the AECEA not receive a reflection form within this time period, pre-approved funding will be declined and used to support other CDS applying to the program and no cheque will be issued.