ECE Bursary Announcement

As part of the B.C. Early Years Strategy, Minister of Children and Family Development, Stephanie Cadieux, made an announcement today that the B.C. government is investing $513,000 to help increase the number of early childhood educators throughout the province.

The funding is going to the Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) to establish a bursary fund for students enrolling or enrolled in early childhood educational programs. To respond to identified needs, priority will be given to:

  • Aboriginal students.
  • Students attending early childhood educational programs with an Aboriginal focus.
  • And students working to achieve an infant/toddler educator designation.

Students will be able to apply for up to $300 per course, to a maximum of $1,500 per semester.

Learn More:

For more information on the bursary program and how to apply, please email the Early Childhood Educators of BC: or visit their website:

To learn more about the current range of early years services in B.C. and the strategy to make programs and services more integrated, accessible, affordable and higher quality, read the B.C. Early Years Strategy:

To read the full news release:


Council of the Federation Literacy Award

As a way to promote literacy at the provincial and territorial level and raise its profile across Canada, Provincial Premiers created a Council of the Federation (COF) Literacy Award medallion. This award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. Thirteen Council of the Federation Literacy Award medallions are presented annually, one for each province and territory.

This year, the award will go to an individual in B.C. who has had a significant impact, locally or provincially, in improving literacy for British Columbians.
The 2014 call for nominations is now underway. Please fill in the application form (DOCX) and submit to by May 31, 2014.

For more information about the award, or to share information about the award with your literacy colleagues, please visit or the Council of the Federation website.

Please note that nominations close on May 31, 2014.