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Pay raise for early childhood educators

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Monday that early childhood educators working at licensed centres are getting a $1-an-hour increase this month and another dollar hike next year.

“Let’s not pretend that your work has always been valued as it should be. We know that it has not so today I am very proud to announce we have taken action to increase wages for early childhood educators and front line child care professionals in licensed child care setting,” Wynne said speaking in Kingston, Ont.

The wage increases were outlined in last year’s budget in an effort to close the gap early childhood educators working in the publicly-funded education system and those in the licensed child care sector.

“It’s time to bridge that gap,” she said.

However, it is up to the licensed child care centre operators to apply for the provincial funding.

“Closing the wage gap means that licensed child care operators can hire and keep the best early childhood educators possible. It means more parents will have the confidence that they are getting high quality child care,” Wynne said.

Torstar News Service



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