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 FAQ
 

The professional development grant funding is for ECEs who are paid employees or contracted family day home educators of
eligible child care programs who:

  • Provide direct child care, including as program supervisors (as defined in the Early Learning and Child Care Regulation), as well as individuals hired by licensed family day home agencies as agency coordinators or home visitors/consultants
  • Are certified as Early Childhood Educators, Level 1, 2 or 3
  • Are Canadian citizens or official Permanent Residents of Canada
  • Have worked at least 29 hours in at least one month from the date of the expenditure or the date the application was received
  • Have submitted a Professional Development Funding Request Form from https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-child-caregrant-funding-program.aspx 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 funding helps offset tuition fees and required course textbooks for approved post-secondary coursework. For educators certified as an Early Childhood Educator Level 1 or 2, this coursework should lead to a higher level of certification. For those at Level 3, this coursework should strengthen leadership, management, pedagogical leadership, administration, and early childhood education skills and knowledge.

Professional development funding may also be used to offset the cost of tuition fees, conference and workshop fees related to early learning and child care that have been approved by the Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program. Please email the Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program at cs.childcarefunding@gov.ab.ca to find out whether the course/conference/workshop you are interested in is eligible for professional development funding

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 covered by 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

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*

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 (and the release time grant, if applicable). 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 ECEs, the amount will be adjusted accordingly through the claims payment process. Eligibility for ongoing funding may be terminated.

Failure to comply with the terms set out in the agreement and this funding guide may result in recovery of the funding.

  • The program must retain a copy of their submitted professional development funding request form, and 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 ECE’s or program’s name, amount of payment and payment date as was submitted on the professional development funding request form.
  • Any funding that is paid without supporting receipts, not transferred to the ECE, or not used as approved on the professional development funding request form, must be reported using the program funding adjustment form at
  • alberta.ca/online-child-care-claims-system.aspx.
  • The professional development grant is not taxable.
  • Programs must report any unused or incorrectly reported funding using the program funding adjustment form 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*

Professional development type Grant rate per ECE
Workshops and conferences $500/year
Post-secondary coursework and workbooks $1,500/year
Maximum available funding $2,000/year

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

 Submit a Professional Development Funding Request Form to the Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program. The form is available online at https://cfr.forms.gov.ab.ca/Form/CDEV12397.pdf

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*