Government of Alberta: More support for early childhood educators in Alberta

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Alberta’s government is providing early childhood educators with a one-time payment and wage top-up to help recruit and retain staff. 

The Government of Alberta announced on December 1st that it is providing early childhood educators (ECEs) with a one-time payment and wage top-up.

All employed ECEs with claimed hours in October and November 2022 who worked an average 30 hours-plus per week and continue to work in December will also be eligible to receive a one-time payment of $900. Those averaging fewer than 30 hours per week will be eligible for a $450 payment.

Additionally, the existing wage top-ups for all paid hours will increase as of January 1, 2023, by up to two dollars per hour. 

As always, AECEA is committed to advocating on behalf of the early learning and child care (ELCC) sector in Alberta. 

"The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta advocates for higher educational standards, better wages and working conditions and comprehensive system supports. Better compensation for early childhood educators is a step in the right direction to transform the early learning and child care workforce into a recognized profession. Early childhood educators are the heart and soul of a high-quality early learning and care system and deserve to be well supported for the very important work they do."

- Amanda Rosset, Board Chair of Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta

Read the full news release here.