Return to ECE Profession Grant

The Return to Early Childhood Education (ECE) Grant is to support the return of qualified educators who work with preschool children (age 0-school entry) in licensed early learning and child care centres. 
 Certified Early Childhood Educators are invited to apply to the Department of Education and Early Years to receive a one-time grant of $5000.  The Return to ECE Profession Grant will be paid directly to the applicant when the application has been approved.   

Applicant must:

  • Have worked outside the licenced early learning and child care system for 24 consecutive months prior to returning;
  • Be certified as an Early Childhood Educator;
    • If this certification is expired at the time of application, the applicant must immediately apply for re-certification at a minimum of Early Childhood Educator. The Grant application will not be approved until confirmation of certification is received.
  • Provide a letter of employment confirming the two years of employment prior to returning to the licensed early learning and child care system; and
  • Provide a letter of employment from a current employer verifying start date and the existence of a minimum two-year contract between current employer and applicant.

Grant eligibility will be extended to applicants who returned to the sector as of March 1, 2023 and meet the grant criteria listed above.


The application must be completed and submitted with the required documentation to be eligible for consideration. The applicant will be notified of their eligibility within 30 days of submission. The applicant must honour their two-year employment contract to avoid repayment of the Grant.

Apply online at the bottom of this page. A pdf of the Grant application is available here: Return to ECE Profession Grant Application 

Deadline: 4:00 PM AST, March 15, 2024
Completed forms may be dropped, mailed, emailed or faxed to: 
Return to ECE Profession Grant
c/o Yvette Winchester 
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning 
250 Water St., Suite 101. Summerside, PEI C1N 1B6 
Fax: 902 438-4874
Questions: Contact: Lisa Bernard at or by phone at 902-438-4843 


Education and Early Years

General Inquiries

Department of Education and Early Years
Holman Centre
Suite 101, 250 Water Street
Summerside, PE C1N 1B6

Phone: 902-438-4130
Fax: 902-438-4062