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ECEBC has moved.
 
Our new address is:
309-515 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V5
 
Phone, fax and email addresses will stay the same.



For Workshop, Webinar & Conference Registration see What's New below on left.

December 4, 2018

BC Childcare Sector Labour Market Partnership: Phase 1

Download the Final Engagement Report HERE
Download ECEBC's press release HERE


Media Release November 9, 2018

Universal Child Care Prototype Sites Announcement

Download the Ministry of Children and Family Development release HERE
Download ECEBC's press release HERE



Media Release September 5, 2018

Investment in Early Childhood Educators: Important to a quality child care system.

“It is a great day when we see the important work of early childhood educators brought to the forefront. Through the provision of significant funding for educator training, and addressing the wages in our sector, we are on our way to building a strong, healthy professional workforce, one that is highly skilled and fairly paid. Our children deserve the very best and our early childhood educators do as well.”
Charlene Gray, Chairperson ECEBC

Download the Media Release HERE

Investing in our Early Childhood Educators Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy


Position Paper: Clarifying the scope of the work of ECEBC

ECEBC will strive to articulate positions that can sometimes be controversial however these positions will always be consistent with the organization’s mission and vision.

Since 1969 ECEBC has worked to advance the quality and professionalism of early care and learning. As part of our ethical responsibility to the profession, we strategically commit our time and resources to educating the sector and community by, investigating, and promoting the development of strong public policies and best practices that are based in research and evidence.


Dear ECEBC Members,
 
Many activities and announcements have been made since Government has started to implement Childcare BC. Since this time ECEBC has been informing government of the immense feedback you have been sending us. As well, we have also been actively addressing other concerns, questions and ideas that have come forward.
 
ECEBC has prepared a briefing note addressing the concerns we have found in response to the BC Child Care Owners Association, Six steps to immediately resolve the concerns inherent in the BC NDP 2018/2019 child care plan.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at executive.director@ecebc.ca.

Best,

Emily


Why We Urge Child Care Providers to Opt In to the New Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative:
A Joint Statement by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and Early Childhood Educators of BC March 8, 2018. Download the statement HERE.


Fall/Winter Bursary PROGRAMS

The Winter/ Spring Bursary Program is now open for applications.

ECEBC is still accepting applications for the Fall Bursary Program. The last day to apply is December 31, 2018. Please be sure to submit your final transcripts to ECEBC by January 31, 2019.

ECEBC is proud to offer two bursary programs for BC ECE students and professionals. 

The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, has enhanced and expanded the ECE Bursary Program, now known as the ECE Education Support Fund. This new program contains two funding programs:

  1. The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Student Bursary Program; and
  2. The new ECE Workforce Development Bursary Fund Program

These programs are designed to increase the number of students entering, re-establishing and graduating from recognized ECE post-secondary programs. For a list of post-secondary education ECE programs recognized by the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Registry, please click HERE

The ECE Education Support Fund is open to all students who are studying for an ECE credential, including

  • ECE Basic certificate
  • ECE Post - Basic certificates (Infant & Toddler and/or Special Needs)
  • ECE Diploma
  • ECE Bachelor

**NOTE: Please read the ECE Bursary Policy for information on the program, deadlines and required supporting documentation.

If you have questions on the forms or programs please contact Christa Copeland, Bursary Manager at ccopeland@ecebc.ca or 604-709-6077.

 

ECE STUDENT BURSARY

This program is open to all ECE students enrolled at an accredited ECE post-secondary institution. Students are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in funding per school semester. Click HERE to be directed to the ECE Student Bursary Application.

 

ECE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BURSARY FUND

The ECE Workforce Development Bursary Fund supports ECEs, ECE Assistants and Responsible Adults (as defined in the Child Care Licensing Regulation) currently working directly with children in a licensed child care setting to upgrade or complete ECE credentials. Professional Development funding is to support Early Childhood Educators who are experiencing barriers to maintain the required professional development hours to ensure their BC ECE credentials. Click HERE to see relevant courses for reference. Max funding up to $200 per application. Up to $5,000 per semester is available for, but not limited to, tuition, books, tutoring, travel and occasional child care costs.

Click HERE to download the ECE Workforce Development Bursary Application 

Click HERE to download the ECE Workforce Development Bursary Application for Owner/Operators

ECEBC will notify individuals who have submitted applications if there are any changes.

attach copies of your class schedule and BC residency to the application
for quick processinG

Email completed applications to bursary@ecebc.ca

 

ECE Education Support Fund
Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the ECE Education Support Fund Application Guide for complete details on eligibility under the two bursary programs.

Can I apply to receive both the ECE Student Bursary and the Workforce Development Fund Bursary?
No, you can not apply for both bursaries at the same time, however you may toggle between the two to best suit your needs.
The Workforce Development Bursary Fund targets ECE Assistants, ECE Professionals, Responsible Adults and Registered License Not Required (RLNR) providers currently working directly with children who wish to advance their ECE education.
The ECE Student Bursary is open to all ECE students attending a recognized ECE post-secondary institution.

I am a Strong Start ECE employee, do I qualify under the ECE Workforce Development Bursary Fund?
No, the Workforce Development Bursary Fund is targeted towards professionals employed in a licensed child care centre or RLNR, under the Ministry of Children & Family Development’s childcare strategy.
However, as an ECE student living in BC, you may apply under the ECE Student Bursary program.  ECE Student Bursaries are available to both full-time and part-time students in recognized ECE programs who demonstrate financial need.

I own a licensed child care/RLNR program; do I qualify for funding under the ECE Workforce Development Bursary Fund?
If your facility is licensed under the Child Care Licensing Regulations and you are an ECE,ECE Assistant, or Responsible Adult you may apply for support under the Workforce Development Bursary Fund. Complete the form, being sure to acknowledge that you are the proprietor of the facility and submit to ECEBC for review.
If you operate a RLNR setting, you are eligible under the Workforce Development Bursary Fund, but do not qualify for lost wage support due to practicums. See the ECE Education Support Application Guide for more information. To be redirected click HERE.
Owner/operators and LNRs that are not Registered are also eligible under the ECE Student Bursary program.

What professional developments will the ECE Workforce Development Bursary Fund support?
Professional Development funding is to support Early Childhood Educators who are experiencing barriers to maintain the required professional development hours to ensure their BC ECE credentials.
Click HERE to see relevant courses for reference. Max funding up to $200 per semester.

What documents do I need to submit with the application?
ECEBC requires a copy of your class schedule to verify active enrollment in an ECE program and to determine the amount of funds you qualify for. We also require a copy of your final transcript showing the same classes and final grade.
The programs are only open to residents of BC, therefore ECEBC requires a proof of BC residency. To learn more about this, please read the ECE Education Support Fund Application Guide.

When can I apply for bursaries?
ECEBC understands the fluidity of life, study, balance and is addressing by creating an open application process. To assist you in understanding the timelines that ECEBC uses, please refer to the table below:

Bursary Timetable:

Semester

Period

Includes

Last Day for Registration

Transcripts Due

Winter

January – April

Classes that start and finish within this period will fall under the Winter semester

April 30

May 31

Classes that start within this period, but finish in May - August will fall under the Summer semester

 

 

Summer

May – August

Classes that start and finish within this period will fall under the Summer semester

August 31

September 30

Classes that start within this period, but finish in September - December will fall under the Fall semester

 

 

Fall

September – December

Classes that start and finish within this period will fall under the Fall semester

December 31

January 31

Classes that start within this period, but finish in January - April will fall under the Winter semester

 

 

Bursaries will not be paid out on an annual basis, students who have registered and paid for their tuition annually may submit applications for bursaries following the Bursary Timetable. Students who register and pay by semester should submit 1 application for the whole semester. Some students may elect to register, pay and complete studies on a course by course basis. Students may apply for a bursary at each time of registration.

Registration for each of the three periods is open until the last day of the final month.

Why is ECEBC asking for more personal information than before?
ECEBC will be paying bursaries directly to students, instead of through the schools, requiring the collection of more information.

  • SIN numbers and date of birth are required to issue T4A’s as required by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • Banking information for direct deposit

ECEBC is under agreement with the Ministry of Children and Family Development to operate the program, holding all personal information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. In addition, all ECEBC staff have completed successful criminal record checks.

Do I have to pay for the courses before I can apply for the bursary?
Yes, it is general practice to pay for the courses upon registration, ECEBC will not be processing bursaries without proof of active registration.

How will I know when the bursary funds have been deposited into my account?
You will be sent a letter to your email address notifying you of payment, please allow up to two business days for the funds to transfer.


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May is Child Care Month in BC
Download the Child Care BC Strategy here.

CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS:
Watch this space for upcoming events


ECEBC Provincial Members Only Call
ECE Bursary Program and
Childcare BC New Spaces Fund

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Childcare BC – Building Child Care Together -
Michelle Kirby, Senior Manager,
Partnerships and Engagement, MCFD
Does your community suffer from a shortage of child care spaces? With commitments made in Budget 2018, the Provincial Government is seeking to build partnerships with local government, school districts, First Nations, and across the child care sector to support the planning, and creation of child care spaces in their communities. This session provided an overview of unprecedented funding opportunities and supports to build childcare in your community. Learn about the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund and see some successful project examples from communities across BC.

ECE Bursary Program -
Christa Copeland, ECEBC Bursary Manager
The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, has enhanced and expanded the ECE Bursary Program, now known as the ECE Education Support Fund. This new program contains two funding programs:

  1. The Early Childhood Education
    (ECE) Student Bursary Program

  2. The new ECE Workforce Development
    Bursary Fund Program

These programs are designed to increase the number of students entering, re-establishing and graduating from recognized ECE post-secondary programs. This session was an overview of the 2 different bursaries and how to apply.



ECEBC Provincial Call
Workforce Recruitment and Retention Strategy Update
October 23, 2018

 
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO
 
The Early Childhood Educators of BC partnered with the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society to host an online event to update participants on the recently announced Childcare BC Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy. The Honourable Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care provided opening remarks. Michelle Gilmour, Manager of Quality and Workforce Development with the Child Care Policy Branch at the Ministry of Children and Family Development provided an overview of the Strategy.


ONLINE WORKSHOP
FOCUSING ON PLAY
January 17 – 30, 2019

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Best Choices Ethical Journey
Modules 1-2
Janaury 12, 2019 – Nanaimo
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Best Choices Ethical Journey
Modules 3-4
February 9, 2019 – Nanaimo
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Learning Stories Media Project

Early Childhood Educators Cari Rawling and Friday Bailey invite you to join in an advocacy and education campaign to promote the skill and knowledge of early care and learning professionals.

This will demonstrate the critical value of early care and education for young children.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


ECEBC Provincial Call
BC Budget - Gaining a deeper understanding of Child Care BC.
March 14, 2018

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

On this call Honourable Katerina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care, Jonathan Barry, Executive Director, Provincial Services, Ministry of Children and Family Development,

ECEBC's Executive Director, Emily Gawlick and ECEBC’s President Charlene Gray, provides information for a deeper understanding of the key elements of the 2018 Provincial Budget Announcement.

Minister Chen gives an overview of Budget 2018 that directly referred to a path to universal child care.


ECEBC Provincial Call
ECEBC 2018 Budget Analysis
February 27, 2018

ECEBC’s Executive Director and President discuss and answer questions regarding Budget 2018.

Emily Gawlick and Charlene Gray were joined by Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen who spoke to Child Care BC Caring For Kids, Lifting Up Families - The Path to Universal Child Care.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO


ECEBC Provincial ‘Members Only’ Call
January 17, 2018

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Speaking with Government
Patti Bacchus, Broadbent Institute Board Member and Former Vancouver School Board Chair shares with members how to engage with elected officials.

Are you interested in having extended benefits for yourself and/or family?

ECEBC is excited to announce a new extended benefits package through Health Source Plus for all ECEBC provincial members to access.

To access the most competitive rates, we will need as many people as possible to complete the employee information form here. Please click here for a no obligation free quote. Note that all information will be kept confidential by Health Source Plus and will only be used to provide a quote for us.

ECEBC has been advancing early childhood education and care since 1969.This fast paced organization constantly strives to remain current and responsive to current trends in our sector and continuously looks for opportunities to enhance services to its Members.

Please share with your early care and learning colleagues and networks.

November 20 is National Child Day, and ECEBC is inviting communities and elected officials to reflect and take action to improve children’s rights in British Columbia. View ECEBC’s media release here

The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), your professional association is working hard to bring our members products and service benefits that meet your needs and help you save money. As a member of ECEBC you now have access to an exclusive insurance programme for your licensed child care centre.  We are pleased to announce the partnership between ECEBC and Magenta Insurance Professionals.  Please contact them for a no obligation quotation or use the attached quote request form here. More information about Magenta Insurance can be found here.

ECEBC Media Release: British Columbians Understand the Daunting Realities Facing Families Who Need Child Care Access to Regulated Facilities Would Be a Direct Benefit of a Provincial Child Care System

ECEBC Media Release: How Is the Child Care Crisis Affecting the Early Childhood Education Sector?

Women Transforming Cities has prepared a Child Care statement as part of its HotPinkPaper Campaign in time for next month’s municipal elections.  
View their statement here.

ECEBC Media Release: Where Are Children Going During the Labour Dispute Between the BC Government and Teachers?

The ECEBC Leadership virtual library contains a sampling of materials created by Community of Innovation project participants, Leadership alumni and ECEBC.The collection is updated on an ongoing basis. Click here to access the library.

» ECEBC News Archives



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ECE Registry
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SAVE THE DATE!

Our 48th Annual Conference will take place
April 10-13, 2019
At the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, B.C.

Download the Pre-Registration Information HERE

Interested in being a vendor at next year’s
Trade and Resource Fair?
 
Download the application HERE

Interested in presenting a workshop at
next year’s conference?
 
Download the Call for Presentations application HERE

You are invited to share your research at ECEBC’s Annual Leadership Day on Thursday, April 11, 2019
Download the Call for Proposals HERE

Download the Conference 2019
Sponsorship Opportunities HERE

ECEBC gratefully acknowledges the generous support of:

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Education for supporting StrongStart BC facilitator participation.


The Early Childhood Educator
Summer 2018

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The Early Childhood Educator, Summer 2017


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Upcoming Events
ECEBC Leadership 2018
Oct 1 to Apr 29, 2019
Online
 
Best Choices Ethical Journey Modules 1-4
Jan 12 to Feb 9, 2019
Vancouver Island
 
Let's Talk Module 5 (Train the Trainer)
Apr 9 to Apr 11, 2019
Lower Mainland
 
ECEBC's 48th Annual Conference
Apr 10 to Apr 13, 2019
Lower Mainland
 
ECEBC's 50th Anniversary Soiree
Apr 12 5:30 pm
Lower Mainland
 
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