COVID-19 relaunch update

Licensed daycare, out-of-school and preschool programs are now able to begin reopening as part of Alberta's relaunch strategy.

These providers are required to follow the guidance for safely reopening child care programs found on Alberta Biz Connect.

Important dates

This scholarship will be discontinued effective August 31, 2020.


For recent high school graduates who want to pursue child care as a career, Children’s Services provides up to $2,500 Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Career Scholarship to attend a full-time post-secondary program in early learning and child care. The scholarship aims to encourage more graduates to choose ELCC as a career option.

Applicants must register for and attend an early learning and child care certificate, diploma or degree program and sign a service commitment agreeing to work in a licensed or approved child care program in Alberta for one year upon completion of the ELCC program.


The scholarship provides a one-time maximum payment of up to $2,500 toward the first-year tuition costs for full-time study. The recipient must be registered in an Alberta-recognized post-secondary early learning and child care program.


A payment of up to $2,500 is paid directly to the post-secondary institution.


Eligible students

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • be certified as a Child Development Assistant at the time of the application;
  • be accepted to the first year of full-time study in an Alberta-recognized post-secondary early learning and child care program;
  • be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, and
  • graduated from high school within the past two years.


  • Within the past five years, have successfully completed:
    • high school courses CCS3110, 3120, 3130, 3140, and 3150 (previously CMH2050 – Day Care 1 and CMH3050 – Day Care 2), or as a high school student, completed the Child Care Orientation Course.

Ineligible students

The following students are not eligible:

  • enrolled in an ELCC post-secondary program on a part-time basis, and
  • foreign students, international students on student visas and non-permanent residents.

Eligible post-secondary programs

An Alberta-recognized post-secondary education program offering an ELCC certificate, diploma or degree program.

Other terms that may be used by Alberta colleges and universities are:

  • early childhood education
  • early childhood development
  • early childhood education and development

How to apply

Step 1. Get your transcript and supporting documents

Obtain a copy of one of the following document(s):

  • High school transcript confirming your date you graduated high school or confirming you have completed CCS 3110, 3120, 3130, 3140, and 3150 (previously CMH2050 and CMH3050), or
  • Certification confirming you have completed the Child Care Orientation Course for child care staff.

Step 2. Get confirmation of post-secondary ELCC enrolment

Provide confirmation of full-time enrolment in an early learning and child care program.

Step 3. Fill out the ELCC Career Scholarship application form

Complete the following ELCC Career Scholarship Application.

ELCC Career Scholarship application (PDF, 2.3 MB)

Step 4. Submit the application package

Include the following documents in your application package:

  • application form
  • high school transcripts
  • confirmation of enrolment to a post-secondary ELCC program

Application packages can be submitted by email, fax or by mail:

Fax: 780-427-1258

Mailing address:

6th Floor Sterling Place
9940 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2N2

After you apply

Scholarship applicants will be contacted within 3 weeks after their application being submitted to verify status of your application.

One-year commitment

By accepting the scholarship, you are committing to work in an Alberta licensed or approved child care program for one year following completion of the first-year or graduating from the post-secondary ELCC program. Licensed or approved child care programs include:

  • day care centres
  • out of school care programs
  • pre-school programs, and
  • family day home agencies

If you withdraw from the post-secondary program

If you withdraw from your education program, you may have to repay the tuition.

After you graduate

You must submit employment commencement information to Alberta Children’s Services within 6 months of graduation and must remain working a minimum of 80 hours per month for a period of 12 months.

The Government of Alberta will issue you a T4A at the end of the taxation year in which the scholarship was paid. It is your responsibility to file this on your tax return.

Changing jobs

The commitment agreement applies to the child care sector as a whole and not to individual child care programs. Therefore, you may change child care programs as long as the child care program is a licensed or approved child care program.

Contact us if there are changes related to your one-year employment commitment.

If you cannot find a child care job

It is your responsibility to demonstrate job-seeking efforts to find child care work and/or the reasons leading to unemployment.

The full amount may need to be repaid to Children’s Services, if deemed appropriate.


Connect with the Alberta Child Care Accreditation Funding Program:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-422-1119 (extension 2)
Toll free: 1-800-661-9754 (extension 2)