The ECE Grant Assistance Program

The following is a brief summary of the grants offered by the Grant Assistance Program:

  • The ECE Qualification Upgrade: The objective of the Early Childhood Educators Qualifications Upgrade Program is to financially support individuals studying in the field, who work in licensed home or centre-based agencies, Head Start Programs, Publicly funded schools, EarlyON Child and Family Centres, or a child care and family program funded under The Journey Together, to obtain an ECE diploma and become eligible to apply for a membership with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). Financial support is available to eligible applicants in the form of an education grant, travel grant and training allowance. 
  • The ECE Leadership Grant: In an effort to support professional development and ongoing quality improvement for child are program supervisors, the Early Childhood Educators Qualifications Upgrade Program now includes a Leadership grant. This program was established to provide financial assistance to Supervisors, front line registered Early Childhood Educators designated to leadership positions and or responsibilities, and to registered Early Childhood Educators aspiring to become Supervisors in the field of Early Childhood Education. The main objective is to fund professional development opportunities in the areas of Pedagogical Leadership in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education administration, management, facilities management, fiscal responsibility, governance, human resources, employment standards and labour relations. Financial support is available to eligible applications in the form of a Leadership education grant, and leadership travel grant. 
  • OSAP: The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a financial aid program that can help you pay for college or university.  OSAP offers funding through grants: money you don’t have to pay back and a student loan: money you need to repay once you’re done school.  When you apply for OSAP, we automatically consider you for both grants and loans. If you don’t want to take a loan, you can decline it after your application is approved.  There are also programs to help you repay your student loan once you’re done school.

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