November 13th 2019

Thank you for contacting the Early Childhood Educators of BC.

All successful Fall bursary applicants were contacted via email on Tuesday November 12th. As of yesterday, all funds have been expended and no more bursary applications will be approved at this time. However, more communications will be coming in the near future to explain each students status in more detail.

ECEBC understands the financial stress this may put on students and will continue to work with government to highlight the importance of such programs to create a diverse sector. The ECEBC team received over 2500 applications this term and is working diligently to process and respond to everyone.

For more information regarding the ECE Education Fund please LINK.

Emily Gawlick
ECEBC Executive Director

As of November 1, 2019:

Dear Applicants,

If you have applied for the Fall 2019 bursary under the Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia Education Support Fund, please be advised that successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday November 12th 2019.

Due to the extremely high volume of applications our response to emails and phone calls will be limited

For more details on how bursary applications are being processed please use this LINK

Update - ECE Education Support Fund

Due to unprecedented demand, the Education Support Fund has almost expended its budget for this year and will no longer be accepting bursary applications after October 11, 2019. This applies to both the ECE Bursary Program and the ECE Workforce Development Fund.

Since September 2018, the Fund has awarded more than 4,700 bursaries to help students with their ECE education goals. While this is a huge step towards meeting the growing demand for certified early childhood educators in BC, we recognize this news will be disappointing for some students.

ECEBC is currently working with the Ministry of Children and Family Development on next steps for this program, including an evaluation to gauge its impact on increasing the quantity and skill level of ECE professionals working in BC.

What does this mean for ECE students?
  1. Applications received before October 11, 2019 will be processed and prioritized with students who started their studies through this bursary program (since Sept 2018) and are applying for continued funding to complete their studies being given first priority.
  2. Any remaining applications will be waitlisted in case additional resources become available.
  3. Applications received after October 11 will not be processed.
  4. If you wish to be notified of any future changes to the status of the Education Support Fund, please email ECEBC at [email protected] include your name and email address in the body of the email.
If you have questions or require additional information, please contact the ECEBC team at [email protected] or visit our website at


The Bursary and Membership application system are currently under maintenance. Our developers are working hard on bringing the platforms back up.

We understand that this is a crucial time for ECE students and for our members, in the interim we will continue to accept applications through traditional paper form.


If you have already submitted an online application or paper form to the [email protected] email address we have retained a copy and it will process. Please do not send in another application.

For new applications pleased click link below and fill the document. Please send to [email protected] or fax to 604-709-6077.

We are committed to process applications in timely matter.


For sign up and renewal this will be done manually.

Please click on the link below to fill in the Membership Form. Send it via email to Shawn Nygren at [email protected] or fax at 604-709-6077. For any other Membership related inquiries please reach out to Shawn Nygren.

Click here for the - ECEBC Membership Form

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

July 31, 2019

ECEBC is pleased to announce that the new student membership fee will now be $50 effective August 1st.

Click HERE to read the announcement



Our Bursary Team can be contacted by email at [email protected] or by phone at 604-709-6063 extension 201.

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. The program supports two bursaries

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

To learn more about the program read the ECE Bursary Guidelines.

The 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 BC ECE students enrolled in the below programs:

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



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.


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. Up to $5,000 per semester is available for, but not limited to, tuition, books, tutoring, travel, and occasional child care costs.

What documents do I need to submit with the application?
A copy of your class schedule, proof of BC residency and either a Direct Deposit form or voided cheque are required to prove eligibility and facilitate payment.

Please read the ECE Bursary Guidlines for more details.

I am a Strong Start ECE employee, do I qualify under the ECE Workforce Development Bursary Fund?
Yes, as a Strong Start Facilitator you qualify for the Workforce Development Bursary.

Do I have to pay for the courses before I can apply for the bursary?
Yes. ECEBC will not approve an application without a class schedule.

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.

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.

Owner/operators and LNRs that are not Registered do not qualify for the Workforce Development Fund but are eligible under the ECE Student Bursary program.

When can I apply for bursaries?
Please note that the end date of your courses will determine which semester you apply for.




Last Day for Registration

Transcripts Due


January – April

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

April 30

May 15

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




May – August

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

August 31

September 15

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




September – December

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

December 13

January 15

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



Why does ECEBC ask for personal information?
SIN numbers and date of birth are necessary to issue T4A's as required by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). Banking information allows for ECEBC to transfer funds electronically into your bank account. ECEBC does not issue cheques.

How will I know when the bursary funds have been deposited into my account?
You will be notified via email that the funds have been paid. Please allow at least 5 business days from the date of notification to allow funds to transfer.

May 3, 2019

BC Childcare Sector Labour Market Partnership: Announcement of Evaluation Project

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March 4, 2019

Open Letter - Moving Forward

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Donate Now Through!The Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC) has been advancing early childhood education and care since 1969. ECEBC is the collective voice to advance professional and personal commitment to the value of early care and learning by empowering the sector through education, collaboration and leadership.

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

Analyzing and Improving Program Spaces with Red River College and Science of Early Childhood Development
January 23rd - February 12, 2020
Self Paced

This action oriented online workshop describes a variety of approaches to curriculum and issues related to indoor and outdoor program spaces. Participants will document and analyze aspects of their own settings that are successful, describe and document an area to modify and improve, share information to get group input and learn from others, and thereby get inspired to make enhancements and to implement and evaluate their proposed changes.

Cost: $85 for ECEBC members - $150 for non members

Professional Development: 9 hours

Contact Annie at [email protected]

Dynamic You: Unleash Your Dynamic Woman with Diane Rolston
January 7th - February 25, 2020 (8 consecutive Tuesdays)
7:00 - 8:00 PM

As a Leadership Coach for women, Diane Rolston often hears women simply wish for more confidence, that goals felt within reach and that they had a reliable system so that nothing would get in their way. You too can learn how to unleash the potential that exists inside you by implementing the 9 Pillars of being a Dynamic Woman. You and your colleagues will enjoy the easy to follow format with a book and videos, along with group coaching. Participants will gain insight and skills in the following areas: be decisive and advance in life and business at a faster pace, evaluate relationships to redesign them or design new ones, assess situations and boost opportunities, measure satisfaction and increase success, and have clarity on best practices and have more control of outcomes This is the second time ECEBC will be offering this program which will provide the tools needed to make shifts in mindset, support growth and ramp up what is possible for better results. As an educator herself, Diane has made a very special offer to ECEBC (regular value is up to $997 per seat depending on the location). Diane gave sold-out sessions at ECEBC's conferences the past two years.

Cost: $195 (includes book)

Professional Development: 8 hours

Click here for the registration form or contact Annie at [email protected].

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


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

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.

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.


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.

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

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.

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