>
ECEBCECEBC

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

August 6, 2019

DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE SUMMER BURSARY PROGRAM WILL BE AUGUST 16, 2019. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO ECEBC NO LATER THAN 9:OO PM, FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT TRANSCRIPTS OR PROOF OF FINAL MARKS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 30, 2019.


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


Bursary PROGRAMS

The Summer Bursary session is now open! This session cover courses that start or end between May – August 2019. As a reminder transcripts for the Winter Bursary Session are due May 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 any questions please contact the Bursary Team at [email protected]or contact the office at 604-709-6063

 

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. Up to $5,000 per semester is available for, but not limited to, tuition, books, tutoring, travel, professional development and occasional child care costs. This includes the ability to request support for professional development or conference fees, up to $200 per semester.

Certified ECE’s looking for financial support to attend professional development classes or conferences may apply for funding with the Professional Development Application, to access the form click HERE. You do not need to be a student enrolled in a post-secondary institution to apply. These funds are not available for ECE Assistants or Responsible Adults. To learn more about the types of courses covered click HERE.

Click HERE to download the ECE Workforce Development Bursary Application 

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

Click HERE to download the Professional Development Application

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 [email protected]

Email completed transcripts to [email protected]

 

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 for an ECE Workforce Development Fund Bursary?
Yes, the program has been expanded to include Strong Start Facilitators. This includes access to the Professional Development supports
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 16

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.


May 3, 2019

BC Childcare Sector Labour Market Partnership: Announcement of Evaluation Project

Download ECEBC's press release HERE


March 4, 2019

Open Letter - Moving Forward

Download the letter HERE

Click HERE to download the 8th edition of the Community Plan


Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!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.

Follow us on Facebook

WHAT'S NEW

To sign up for ECEBC news and updates, please click here:

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

CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS:
Watch this space for upcoming events


Best Choices - The Ethical Journey
Nanaimo
October 26th and November 23rd 2019
Cost: (Subsidized) $10 per module for ECEBC members and $15 per module for non members
Professional Development: 3 hours per module

Professionals in the Early Care and Learning sector work with one of the most vulnerable groups in society - young children. The quality of the interactions between young children and their caregivers has a significant, enduring impact on children's lives. The intimacy of the relationship and the potential that exists to do harm call for a commitment on the part of early childhood educators to the highest standards of ethical practice. ECEBC recognizes it's responsibility to promote ethical practice and attitudes on the part of Early Care and Learning professionals. This four part series guides participants on a journey of ethical discovery and awareness. Participants will have the opportunity to explore personal values, beliefs and assumptions, and examine complexities in ethical decision making.

Please click HERE for more details.

Please click HERE for the Registration Form.



Dynamic You: Unleash Your Dynamic Woman with Diane Rolston
October 1 - November 19, 2019 (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].



Positive Guidance
October 3rd to 16th 2019 - Online

The Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia and Red River College are pleased to present 'Positive Guidance', an online workshop. The workshop content, videos, readings, links and discussions, is entirely online and available to participants for the duration of the workshop. Participants have complete flexibility to work through the materials at times that are the most convenient for them. The content is from the Science of Early Childhood Development (SECD) with engaging, multimedia resources are used around the world by people who want to learn more about the impact of the early years on lifelong health and well being.

Positive Guidance topics include: Children's Rights, Relationship and Communication, Self Regulation, Aggression and Lying, Friendships and getting Along with Peers, and Approaches to Positive Guidance.

Fees: $80 for ECEBC members and $150 for non members

Professional Development: 6 hours

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


ECEBC is excited to announce that
Let’s Talk Module 5 (Train the Trainer)
will be hosted in September 2019. 

Please click HERE for more details and application form.


Applications for Kindergarten and Grade 1 teachers are still being accepted until September 4th 2019

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.


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


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.

» ECEBC News Archives



Application for Use of ECEBC Logo for Professional Development Events



ECE Registry
[MCFD website]

   




The Early Childhood Educator
Summer 2018

Click on the image to see what's inside this issue

The Early Childhood Educator, Summer 2017


CALENDAR