Wages

EC with Special Needs Child

 

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.

The 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

$13.54

$14.98 - $15.68

Child Development Worker

$14.97

$17.67 - $19.02

Child Development Supervisor

$16.86

$22.28 - $23.48

* Children's Services website - August 1, 2017 (Average Employer-reported Hourly Wages of Child Care Staff - 2016)

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.

The AECEA is aware that Alberta is moving to a minimum wage of $15.00 by October 1, 2018 and the implications of that change.The AECEA will continue to advocate on behalf of early childhood educators to ensure that they are being paid a fair and competitive wage.