Social Development

REVISED / Increase to wage enhancement program for child care staff to begin Sept. 1 (08/08/29)

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Aug. 29, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - About 2,600 early childhood service providers employed in regulated child care facilities will receive an increase to wage enhancements, effective Sept. 1.

Social Development Minister Mary Schryer said that the provincial government is investing an additional $475,000 this fiscal year in the Quality Improvement Funding Support Program, which provides professional development and wage supplements for regulated child care service providers.

"Early childhood staff members play an important role in a child's development, so we are making additional investments in wage enhancements to help the regulated child care facilities attract and retain qualified staff," Schryer said.

Regulated child care staff receive a wage enhancement from government in addition to the salary provided by their employer.

As of Sept. 1, child care staff with early childhood education will receive a wage enhancement increase of 9.7 per cent, to $4.50 an hour from $4.11 an hour.  As of Sept. 1, workers without early childhood education training will receive a wage enhancement increase of 7.4 per cent,
to $2.75 an hour from $2.56 an hour.

"Future wage enhancements of child care service providers will also be considered as part of the pay equity initiative," Schryer said.

The provincial government has released Be Ready for Success: A 10-year Early Childhood Strategy for New Brunswick, a new plan to guide future investments in early learning and child care. New investments totalling $5.7 million will be invested in 2008-09 as part of the Early Childhood Strategy Action Plan, 2008-2009.

Copies of the strategy and action plan are available online, or by calling 506-453-2950.


MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Hagerman, Communications, Social Development, 506-444-2416.