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Leadership Aspirations

In an effort to support professional development and ongoing quality improvement for child care 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 applicants in the form of a Leadership education grant, and Leadership travel grant. We are still accepting applications for the fall 2017 semester. We will begin accepting applications for the winter semester as of December 4, 2017.

Leadership Grant

Leadership education grants are available to cover part-time tuition fees related to courses offered through a recognized Ontario College for Applied Arts and Technology, in an eligible field of study. Funding is not guaranteed and is based on the number of applications received and available funding per semester.

Eligibility

FOR LEADERSHIP GRANTS

In order to be eligible to receive funds under the Leadership Education grant, an individual must:

  • Be an existing employee of a licensed home or centre-based agency, Ontario Early Years Centres, Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, Head Start Programs or of a publicly funded school in Ontario including, First Nation Education Authorities for at least 2 years as a Registered Early Childhood Educator and currently employed as a:
    • Supervisor (as defined in the Day Nurseries Act, 1990, Regulation 262) or be in a designated supervisory position with Director/Ministry approval if less then 2 years.
    • Front line registered Early Childhood Educator who has been designated to a leadership position and or has leadership/supervisory responsibilities.
    • Registered Early Childhood Educator aspiring to become a Supervisor in the field of Early Childhood Educations.
  • Be enrolled to pursue courses through a recognized Ontario College for Applied Arts and Technology for part-time studies in an eligible field of study, which include:
    • Pedagogical leadership in Early Childhood Education.
    • Early Childhood Education administration and management.
    • Facilities management.
    • Financial management, responsibility and child care governance.
    • Human resources, employment standards and labour relations.
  • Disclose if he/she is receiving funding from other sources (excluding OSAP).
  • Be legally entitled to live and work in Canada.

Application

THE PROCESS

Applications are accepted prior to every academic session. Applicants that meet all of the eligibility criteria must submit the following prior to every semester:

  • Completed application for the Leadership education grant form, which includes an outline of the applicant’s targeted objectives and course enrollment plan.
  • Documentation from their employer confirming their length of employment, position and current supervisory or leadership responsibilities.
  • Proof of registration with the College of Early Childhood Educators.
  • A copy of the their course registration documentation.
  • A copy of their tuition receipt identifying that their courses have been paid in full, clearly stating the amount paid.

An application checklist detailing all requirements is included as part of the application form.


APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis once all documents required to process an application have been received. Funding is not guaranteed and is based on the number of applications received, and available funding for that semester.

There is limited funding available through this grant, and therefore, individuals are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible; preferably prior to the start of classes. Once the available funding has been awarded for the academic session, a notice will be posted on the website and no further applications will be accepted.


APPLICATION APPROVAL

Within 4 weeks of receiving all required documents, the Program Administrator will contact the applicant, in writing to advise whether his/her application for a grant has been approved.

  • If approved, the Program Administrator sends the applicant a Grant Assistance Agreement for signature, along with a Confirmation of Payment Instruction form.
  • With a witness, the applicant signs the Grant Assistance Agreement and returns all documentation to the Program Administrator.
  • The Program Administrator signs the agreement and returns a copy to the applicant for his/her records.

GRANT PAYMENTS

The Leadership grant is based on applicable tuition fees, minus any other grants or awards; excluding OSAP. Payments are made once the Program Administrator receives the applicant’s signed Grant Assistance Agreement and an unnofficial transcript for previously funded courses, if applicable.

Depending on the amount of funding received, the Leadership education grant may be taxable. Grant recipients will be issued a T4A slip at the end of every calendar year in which they received payment.

Application Form

Get started on the process for eligibility by downloading the PDF form found below and completing your application for the Leadership education grant.

Travel Grant

Leadership travel grants are available up to a maximum of $800.00 per semester, to assist Leadership education grant recipients with daily commute expenses incurred to attend the in-class component of their program, to a maximum of 14 days per course.

Eligibility

FOR TRAVEL GRANTS

In order to be eligible to receive funds under the grant program, the following need apply:

  • Applicants must be approved for a Leadership Education grant under this program.
  • The educational institution must be more than 20 kilometres one-way from the applicant’s home address.

NOTE: If for any reason a travel grant recipient is unable to travel for one or more of their in class weekend sessions, the recipient will be required to reimburse the grant program for the days not traveled. Reasons include but are not limited to, inclement weather, illness, and or family circumstances.

Application

THE PROCESS

Applicants that meet all of the eligibility criteria must submit a completed application for Leadership travel grant form. This form can be submitted with the application for Leadership Education grant form, in order to expedite the approval process.


LEADERSHIP TRAVEL GRANT PAYMENT

The Leadership travel grant is determined by multiplying the kilometre rate of $0.40 per kilometre by the return distance between the applicant’s home address and the educational institution, and then by the number of days an individual attends class.

Payments are made once the Program Administrator receives the applicant’s signed Grant Assistance Agreement and an unofficial transcript for previously funded courses, if applicable.

Leadership travel grant payments are deposited directly into the recipient’s bank account. The travel grant is taxable as income. Grant recipients will be issued a T4A slip at the end of every calendar year in which they received payment.

NOTE: If for any reason a travel grant recipient is unable to travel for one or more of their in class weekend sessions, the recipient will be required to reimburse the grant program for the days not traveled. Reasons include but are not limited to, inclement weather, illness, and or family circumstances.

Application Form

Get started on the process for eligibility by downloading the PDF form found below and completing the application for a travel grant.

Frequently Asked

Questions

What type of financial assistance is available through the Leadership Grant?

The following types of financial assistance are available through this program:

  • Leadership Education grants are available to cover part-time tuition fees related to courses offered through a recognized Ontario College for Applied Arts and Technology, in one of the following eligible fields of study:
    • Pedagogical leadership in Early Childhood Education.
    • Early Childhood Education administration and management.
    • Facilities management.
    • Financial management, responsibility and child care governance.
    • Human resources, employment standards and labour relations.
  • Leadership travel grants are available up to a maximum of $800.00 per semester to assist Leadership Education grant recipients with daily commute expenses incurred to attend the in-class component of their program, to a maximum of 14 days per course.
Is a training allowance available through the Leadership grant?

No. The Leadership grant does not offer a training allowance.

Do I have to work for a minimum period of time within an eligible agency before I can apply for financial assistance under the Leadership grant?

Yes. You must be an existing employee of an eligible agency for at least 2 years and currently employed as a:

  • Supervisor (as defined in the Day Nurseries Act, 1990, Regulation 262) or be in a designated supervisory position with Director/Ministry approval if less then 2 years.
  • Front line registered Early Childhood Educator who has been designated to a leadership position and or has leadership/supervisory responsibilities.
  • Registered Early Childhood Educator aspiring to become a Supervisor in the field of Early Childhood Educations.

The eligible agencies are as follows:

What if I changed employers, will the program consider my total employment period within eligible agencies for the purpose of the 2 year eligibility period?

Yes. The total period of time that you have been employed within eligible agencies in Ontario will be considered toward the 2 year eligibility period.

Is financial assistance available to staff who work part-time?

Yes. Financial assistance is available to full-time and part-time employees working within an eligible agency.

What if I completed eligible courses before being hired, can I apply for reimbursement of my tuition through this program?

No. This program is to support individuals presently working in the field who want to upgrade their qualifications.

I am currently employed within an eligible agency and am also enrolled in qualifying courses. Can I receive funding?

Yes. You can apply for funding related to the courses that you have not yet completed, provided that you meet the eligibility criteria.

Will the program consider courses offered at colleges outside of Ontario?

No. Since there are a number of program delivery options available in Ontario, this program will only consider applications for programs offered within this province.

What happens if I’m approved for financial assistance?

A letter is sent to you when your application has been approved by the Program Administrator. The letter is accompanied by a Grant Assistance Agreement, which specifies the terms and conditions for the provision of financial assistance as well as a Confirmation of Payment Instruction form so that you can receive payment through direct deposit. After you have signed the agreement, you will return all of the documents to the Program Administrator and a copy will be returned to you for your records once finalized.

How is my grant calculated?

The Leadership Education grant is based on your tuition fees minus any other grants or awards; excluding OSAP.

The Leadership travel grant is determined by multiplying the kilometre rate of $0.41 per kilometre by the return distance between the applicant’s home address and the educational institution or placement location, and then by the number of days of the classes or placement. The maximum Leadership travel grant is $800.00 per semester.

Can I apply for both grants?

Yes. You can apply for the Leadership Education grant and the Leadership travel grant, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria specified for each grant.

When can I expect to receive my grant payments?

Payments are made once the Program Administrator receives the applicant’s signed Grant Assistance Agreement and an unofficial transcript for previously funded courses, if applicable.

Is the grant funding taxable?

Grant recipients will be issued a T4A slip at the end of every calendar year in which they received payment. For more information, please visit the web site of the Canada Revenue Agency.

Are faxed applications accepted or do I have to mail originals?

Yes. Faxed, mailed, and emailed applications are accepted.

What happens if I’m approved for a grant and then I withdraw from my studies?

It is your responsibility to inform the Program Administrator immediately if you withdraw from your funded course(s) and or program. If you withdraw from your studies, you are required to repay the Leadership Education grant and any Leadership travel grant received for the withdrawn course(s). If you fail to advise the Program Administrator of your course withdrawal, you will be liable to repay the grant, plus interest and you will be ineligible to apply for any further grants.

What happens if I’m approved for a grant and I fail or do not complete a course within the program?

Once you are approved for funding, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet all academic requirements to continue in and successfully complete your funded course(s) and or program. If you fail or do not complete a course, you are required to repay the Leadership Education grant, as well as any travel grant received for the failed course(s).

Where can I go to get more information about the Leadership grant?

Additional information on the Leadership grant is available from the website or by calling the toll free number, at 1-866-989-9299.

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