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Become an Early Childhood Educator

Free or reduced tuition is available to get your diploma and build a rewarding career.

Early Childhood Educators (ECE) play an important role in helping to create a high-quality early learning and child care system that is inclusive for all families.

What an Early Childhood Educator does:

This is an exciting time to become an ECE because as we put into place lower fees for child care for families, we expect that more families will access these services. A growing child care system needs a growing skilled workforce. If you're interested in earning an ECE diploma, financial help is available.

Peel Region, Durham Region, Halton Region, and the City of Toronto are partnering with local colleges to offer multiple opportunities for you to complete your ECE diploma.

August 2022 start date

12 to 14 month diploma programs

Fully funded grant for tuition and supplies

September 2022 start date

16 month diploma programs

Grants ranging from $2,000 to $4,000

Apply now!

2 year diploma programs

Grants ranging from $2,000 to $4,000

Apply now!

January 2023 start date

12 to 14 month diploma programs

Fully funded program

Applications opening soon! Check mid-summer.

16-month diploma programs

Grants ranging from $2,000 to $4,000

Not currently open for application.

2-year diploma programs

Grants ranging from $2,000 to $4,000

Not currently open for application.

Other information

If you have questions about eligible programs, admissions, and program requirements you can contact:

This opportunity is funded in partnership with the City of Toronto, The Region of Peel, The Region of Durham, The Region of Halton, the Province of Ontario, and the Government of Canada under the new Canada-Ontario Early Childhood Workforce Agreement, which provides one-time federal funding to support the retention and recruitment of a high-quality child care and early years workforce.

If you are already working in a child care or early years setting, you may qualify for the provincial Qualifications Upgrade Program.

The program provides financial help to individuals who work in child care and early years settings to get an ECE diploma and become eligible to apply for membership with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). Learn more about how to upgrade your qualifications.