PD Funding Fact Sheet 2019-2020

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AECEA Funding Fact Sheet


Alberta Children’s Services has provided the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) with $285,000 in grant funding to support eligible Child Development Supervisors (CDS’) to participate in professional development activities. Funding is available to offset fees associated with CDS attending approved post-secondary courses, workshops, and conferences that help strengthen leadership, management, pedagogical leadership, administration, and early childhood education skills and knowledge.

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;
  • Working a minimum of 80 hours a month; or 40 hours each month in a licensed out-of-school care program; and
  • A Canadian citizen or hold Canadian permanent resident status.

**While CDS working as family dayhome providers, preschool teachers or working in First Nations and Metis Settlement communities do not yet qualify for this funding, AECEA is working alongside government to find ways to include them in this funding.

What is the maximum funding I am eligible for?

$1500/year for post-secondary courses

$200/year for workshops or conferences

This funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Funding Stream

Maximum Funding Per CDS

Funding to Disperse 19-20

Funding to Date

Post-secondary courses/programs

Up to $1500 per year


$ 114462

Workshops & conferences

Up to $200 per year


$ 137516

What types of courses, workshops, and conferences may be approved?

These are just some examples of courses and workshops that might qualify for funding:

  • ELCC certificate, diploma, degree, Masters or PhD
  • Leadership (leadership development, pedagogical leadership, organizational/sector leadership)
  • Management (human resources, financial, communications, IT, etc.)
  • Communications (with children, families & other professionals)
  • FLIGHT (Curriculum Framework)
  • Children’s Rights, Mental Health, Inclusion
  • Cultural sensitivity and diversity
  • Indigenous studies – Indigenous rights, cultures, practices and the history and legacy of residential schools.

Post-secondary courses must be offered through a Canadian (preferably Albertan) publicly funded or indigenous post-secondary institution. To view a full list of ELCC programs in Alberta and their delivery options, go here.

Conferences must be offered by a Canadian (preferably Albertan) post-secondary institution, government agency or non-profit organization.

Workshops must be offered through an approved trainer who has the necessary educational background and experience to deliver the specific workshop content and be located within Alberta.

English 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, workshops or conferences taking place outside of Canada.


Please contact AECEA if you are unsure if a course, workshop or conference may qualify.









How do I apply?

Child Development Supervisors must complete AECEA’s online application form. Applicants will require a copy of their CDS certification and payment receipt for the course/conference/workshop.

All applications must be received prior to the course/workshop/conference start date. Those applying for workshops and conferences may apply up to two months in advance of the start date and those applying for post-secondary courses may apply up to four months in advance of their course start date.

How will I receive payment?

AECEA will maintain contact with applicants via email. If funding is awarded, each CDS must submit a Reflection Form within two weeks of completing the course, conference, or workshop. Once the reflection form has been submitted, a cheque for the pre-approved funding amount will be mailed to the organization.

Should 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