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The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) understands the complex and demanding nature of an early childhood educator's daily work. It believes that those certified to work in licensed and/or approved child care programs should be compensated in a way that reflects their educational qualifications, experience, and responsibilities within their program/agency. This remuneration should be reflective of the standards for similarly qualified work forces that are also critical to Alberta's economy.

AECEA believes providing better wages to early childhood educators will help to recruit and retain a field of educated and competent early childhood educators, ensuring that there are enough qualified educators to meet the growing demand for high quality child care spaces in Alberta. Currently, there are regulated spaces for approximately 1 in 4 children  (0-12) with working mothers in Alberta.

Certification Level

Average Employer Paid Wage

With Children's Services Wage Top-Up

Child Development Assistant



Child Development Worker


$19.57 - $20.92

Child Development Supervisor


$22.84 - $25.04

* Children's Services website - August 29, 2018 (Average Employer-reported Hourly Wages of Child Care Staff (December 2018))

Early childhood educators in Alberta may be eligible for a wage top-up from the Ministry of Children's Services. The extent of this wage top-up varies depending on whether the program is accredited or pre-accredited under the Alberta Child Care Accreditation Funding Program.