The provincial government is introducing a new bursary for aspiring early childhood educators.
$513,000 of funding is going toward the Early Childhood Educators of B.C. The new bursary will hopefully assist in resolving any financial obstacles that aspiring early childhood educators may be facing. Students who are enrolling, or enrolled, in early childhood education programs are eligible for this bursary, although because of an “identified need”, priority will be given to:
Students would be able to apply for a maximum of $300 per course, for a maximum of $1500 per term.
As mentioned in the B.C. Early Years Strategy, which was launched in February, 2013, this new bursary program is part of the provincial government’s commitment to increase students’ access to early childhood education and care-provider training.
Lindsay Lichty, an early childhood education student at Langara College, Lindsay Lichty says she is grateful for the support, recognition and encouragement, and is eager to now focus more on her studies.
“As an early childhood education student, finances become another element in the juggling act that is post-secondary education – another demand of time and energy that could be better invested in one’s studies. The provision of bursaries is a way for organizations to demonstrate their support and encouragement of a future that is filled with dedicated early childhood educators with unlimited potential and reach,” she said.
Emily Mlieczko, the Early Childhood Educators of B.C.’s executive director, also hopes this will provide current and future early childhood education students with less financial obstacles, and further assist current students in completing their program.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to re-establish the E.C.E. bursary program and support the development of a high-quality workforce. With the funding provided through the Ministry of Child and Family Development, the bursary program will be available for students wishing to advance their training in early childhood education. This is a welcome announcement and will make a positive impact on addressing the financial burden facing many choosing this career,” she said.
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