Early childhood staff grant

Overview

This funding provides wage top-ups for early childhood staff and educators (employees) working in licensed centre-based early learning and child care programs over and above the base wage paid by the employer.

Status

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Available funding

Early childhood staff and educators must apply directly the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) to receive this funding. Funding is determined by the number of hours worked per quarter (every four months) and the level of post-secondary education in the area of early childhood development.

Level of early childhood development education 100-234 hrs worked/quarter (8-18 hrs/wk.) 235–351 hrs worked/quarter (18.5-27 hrs/wk.) 354–468 hrs worked/quarter (27.5-36 hrs/wk.) 469+ hrs worked/quarter (37+ hours/wk.)
None $600 $900 $1,200 $1,500
Certificate $800 $1,200 $1,600 $2,000
Diploma $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500
Degree $1,200 $2,400 $2,400 $3,000

For example: If a child care worker who has no post-secondary early childhood development education worked 35 hrs/week between April to June, they qualify for a grant of $1,200.

Payment schedule

Quarter Date
1st payment (Q1) April 1 – June 30
2nd payment (Q2) July 1 – Sept 30
3rd payment (Q3) October 1 – December 31
4th payment (Q4) January 1 – March 31

Deadline

Applications can be submitted at any time; payments are made quarterly directly to the early childhood staff and educators (employee).

Eligibility

  • Early childhood staff and educators (employees) permanently employed by a licensed centre-based early learning and child care programs.1

How to apply

Before you apply download the application and guidelines.

  1. Complete the application and prepare your supporting documents.
  2. Submit your completed application to the Early Childhood Consultant in your region.

Contact us

For questions about applying for funding, contact the Early Childhood Consultant in your region from Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm.

 

1  Employees that provide care, assistance, and supervision of children as part of their usual job duties or provide on-site supervision of the daily operation of the program.