Introducing the BC Early Years Professional Development Hub

ECEBC is proud to announce the launch of the BC Early Years Professional Development Hub. In 2019, as part of the BC Child Care Plan, BC Family Child Care Association, Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia, Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre, and the Early Childhood Pedagogy Network each received funding to develop and expand key professional development opportunities for early care and learning professionals in BC. Each funding agreement included a mandate to increase access to professional development through the creation of online learning opportunities. Rather than developing four separate learning sites, the partners decided to work together to build a shared asset for the sector that would go beyond traditional course-based learning. The vision was to create a virtual space for educators to come together, learn with and from each other, share knowledge and experiences, and connect with others across the sector.

The Hub is now live and we invite ECEBC members to visit the site, create a profile and join the community. Please note that the online courses – including ECEBC’s Best Choices – are currently under development and will be launched over the coming months. Details will be shared by each partner as the courses become available. For now, please check out the Discussion Rooms and get involved in the conversation!

Read the recent government announcement of the Hub here.

ECEBC calls on all ECE’s to take action against racism.

ECE Wage Grid Report

Inadequate wages have led to the challenge we now face recruiting and retaining qualified ECEs. Current wage enhancements have not meaningfully or equitably increased wages. Further, the federal government and most provincial governments, including BC, are committed to expanding access to child care - which will require even more qualified ECEs. Clearly we need a different approach.

This project considered the design and implementation of a wage grid for certified educators working in licensed child care programs. The project team conducted a literature review, interviewed key informants, and evaluated wage grids and ECE wage policies across Canada. We analyzed the results to determine the current state of ECE wages in Canada, including efforts to increase ECE wages, and the best practices in developing an ECE wage grid. Based on these results, we made specific recommendations for BC.

Project findings confirm that a competitive, publicly funded provincial wage grid not only raises wages, but provides consistency and recognition of the essential and valuable work of ECEs. We have foundations in place to help us build this ECE wage grid in BC. And our recommended wages provide an immediate next step since higher wages are needed now.

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Wage Grid Report
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COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Information

Online Professional Development Opportunities

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Pro-D Opportunities

Additional funding available for students in Winter 2020 and Summer 2020 semesters

The number of requests for the ECE Education Support Fund (bursary) has exceeded expectations and over $10 million has been put into the hands of students since the newly branded program was launched in September 2018.

The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) and the Government of British Columbia are pleased to announce that an additional $4 million in funding became available for early childhood education bursaries.

ECEBC and the Government of British Columbia understand how incredibly important these bursaries are to students, and we are continuing to work together to support as many students as possible. While we do not yet know if there will be additional funds made available in the future, we hope that this round of funding for the Winter 2020 and Summer 2020 semesters will help students continue their studies.

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Thank-You To Our Early Childhood Educators!

ECEBC heartily applauds you - the early childhood educators and childcare workforce - who have demonstrated such professionalism and dedication throughout this pandemic. You have exhibited courage and strength during these challenging and uncertain times.

ECEBC truly hears you - your stories and your struggles - as you have endeavored to make ethical decisions that ensure the health and safety of children, families, educators, and communities during this crisis. Know that we will continue to walk in solidarity with you to plank the curve and support essential workers.

ECEBC reminds you - to tenderly care for yourself and your colleagues, and by extension, all those working in the childcare and education sectors. Relationships are at the heart of our profession. In these unprecedented times, more than ever, we value our sister organizations, government and community partners at both provincial and national levels.

ECEBC strongly encourages you to make your voice heard. Membership matters! Together we have been the voice of ECE in British Columbia for 50 years, proudly promoting the advancement of professionalism in early childhood education and care. Without doubt, COVID-19 has shown us that we need to mobilize as a professional body with a collective voice that advocates for the provision of high quality, safe, and accessible early childhood programs.

ECEBC needs your help to determine next steps. Please respond to “Deepening our Understanding during COVID-19 pandemic” survey.

The Early Childhood Educators of BC envisions a society where early childhood educators thrive in a supportive community that values childhood and education.

Standing Strong Together!

Violet Jessen- ECEBC Chair

Emily Gawlick- ECEBC Executive Director

ECEBC Is Looking For Your Input

Over the past month ECEBC has received multiple emails, phone calls and messages from members and colleagues. This has guided our work and responses to COVID-19 and informed the public of the impact it has had on early childhood educators and the sector as a whole. We will continue to do this important work.

The following set of questions will give ECEBC more information to determine our next steps. The responses will remain confidential.

Please share widely.

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Winter 2020 Bursary Update

All students whose applications were approved have now been notified. If you did not receive an email from us on March 16th 2020, please note, your application will be placed on a wait list should additional funding become available for the Winter semester. We will be following up with a confirmation email in the next few days.

Please send us your transcript of completed courses to [email protected], no later than 4pm on May 15th 2020.

Best Regards, Emily Gawlick Executive Director
Early Childhood Educators of BC

February 18th, 2020

For immediate release...Third year of Good News for Child Care

BC Budget 2020 completes Government's first three-year commitment to Families, Educators & the Economy...popular $10aDay Plan the template for building a quality, universal child care system.


ECEBC Education Support Fund (Bursary) Application Forms

Winter Semester 2020

Student Bursary Application

Workforce Development Bursary (Employee) Application

Workforce Development Bursary (Owner/Operator) Application

Applications will be accepted on Monday 20th January 2020

January 16th 2020

New application forms reflecting the updated guidelines will be provided on January 17th 2020 on our website

Applications may be submitted January 20th 2020 starting at 12.01am until February 28th 2020 at 11.59pm

Completed applications will be processed in the date order recorded. It is very important that all information is correct and nothing is missing.

The application guide for the ECE Education Support Fund (bursary) for Winter 2020 has been updated please CLICK HERE TO READ MORE


More support to meet demand for early childhood educators

VICTORIA - To meet the demand for early childhood educators (ECE) in British Columbia, the Province is reallocating $4 million within the Canada-BC Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Agreement to provide additional bursaries through the ECE Education Support Fund.


Wonderful New Year news!

The ECE Education Support Fund (bursary) for Winter 2020 will be open for applications from January 20, 2020 to February 28, 2020. This is a limited intake and applications will be processed on a "first come, first served" basis. Only completed applications will be processed.

Please note that the disbursement system and qualifying criteria for students has changed and is now only open to domestic students, with funding provided in one lump installment at the end of the semester upon successful course completion. Students can learn more about the eligibility criteria for the ECE Education Support Fund and this will be available at the beginning of January.

Applications will be available for eligible students in January. Check the ECEBC website for updates.

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

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!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

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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ECE Registry
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The Early Childhood Educator
Summer 2018

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The Early Childhood Educator, Summer 2017