**NEW**As of July 1, 2015 this program has expanded to allow unlicensed home child care providers to apply for funding. Funding will be prioritized for individuals working under a Director Approval.
**We are no longer accepting applications for the spring/summer 2016 semester, with exception to those who are Director Approvals.
Please note that we will begin accepting applications for fall 2016 full-time studies as of June 20th. We will begin accepting applications for fall 2016 part-time studies as of August 15th.
There is limited funding available through this program and therefore individuals are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Please review the application checklist included with the application.
Best Start was launched in 2004 as a plan to strengthen healthy development, early learning and childcare services during a child’s first years. As part of this plan, a regulatory College of Early Childhood Educators was created to monitor and support professional standards of practice among child care practitioners.
The objective of the Early Childhood Educators Qualifications Upgrade Program is to support individuals working in licensed home or centre-based agencies, Ontario Early Years Centres, Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, Head Start Programs or in publicly funded schools to obtain an Early Childhood Education diploma and become eligible to apply for membership with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). Financial support is available to eligible applicants in the form of Education Grants, Travel Grants and a Training Allowance.