Professional Development Funding for ECEs | Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta

Professional Development Funding for ECEs

Effective April 1, 2020, all licensed daycare, out-of-school care, group family child care, and approved family day home agencies can apply for grant funding to support the recruitment, retention and professional development of their staff.

Professional development funding is provided to child care programs to assist eligible staff with the costs of approved post-secondary tuition and textbooks as well as approved conferences or workshops. The funding is intended to support paid child care staff to pursue further training and professional development opportunities to obtain higher levels of certification and strengthen leadership, management, pedagogical leadership, administration, and early childhood education skills and knowledge. 

If you have any questions about the new process for professional development funding, please contact Children's Services at the following:

Phone: 780-422-1119
Toll free: 1-800-661-9754
Email: cs.childcarefunding@gov.ab.ca

To reach the government page with all of this information on it, go here.
 

Alberta Child Care Funding Guide
 

Professional Development Funding 2020-2021 FAQ
 

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*

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*

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*

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*

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*

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*

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.

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.