Early Childhood Education Assistance Program

The Early Childhood Education Assistance Program was initiated April 1, 2008 and ended March 31, 2016.

Early Childhood Education Assistance Program Application for 2016 graduates will be accepted until September 30, 2016 (four months after graduation).
The participants who are already enrolled in the program, will continue to receive the reimbursements upon submission and approval of the Early Childhood Education Assistance Program Accumulated Hours Report.

Eligibility

Applicants who graduated in 2016 can apply to participate in the program if they:
  • Graduate from an approved full-time ECE diploma/undergraduate degree program.
  • Received a student loan through the Nova Scotia Student Assistance program during the years of study in the ECE training program, and
  • Provide proof that they are employed in a licensed day care center or FHDC agency in Nova Scotia.

For every year the applicant attended the approved post-secondary education and received a student loan for that year, the applicant will be eligible for a reimbursement of up to $5000 per year for a maximum of four years.

Participants in the program will be reimbursed when they complete 1500 hours in a licensed child care centre or a FHDC agency, within a 12 month period.

Accumulated Hours Report (PDF) is required to be submitted after 1500 hours is accumulated for each year of eligibility. A payment will be made to the Nova Scotia Student Assistance Program on behalf of the participant each year of eligible reimbursement.

Learn more by reading the Early Childhood Education Assistance Program Terms and Conditions (PDF).

Next Steps

Submit theEducation Assistance Application (PDF) by printing and mailing it to:

Coordinator, Family Home Day Care & Early Childhood Education
NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Brunswick Place
2021 Brunswick Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 2S9