Ottawa, Sask. announce funding to retain and recruit early childhood educators

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Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan Minister of Education. (Shane Clausing/980 CJME)

The provincial and federal governments teamed up on Tuesday to announce a multi-million dollar investment to recruit certified early childhood educators and keep them working in Saskatchewan.

The funding – which totals $2.59 million – will come in the form of one-time grants, which will allow regulated child care centers and family group child care centers to recruit and retain more early childhood educators and child care providers. group family care assistants, the provincial government said in a statement Tuesday.

Regulated child care centers will receive $145 per regulated child care space for children up to age six, and can be used for things like one-time investments in benefits or pension funds, signing bonuses or participation in job fairs.

Education Minister Dustin Duncan said early childhood educators are a vital part of Saskatchewan’s education system and the government is committed to supporting them.

“Saskatchewan ECEs are essential to providing quality early learning and support to our youngest learners, and these grants are intended to help promote and attract more young people to the profession,” Duncan said in a statement.

In the same joint statement, Karina Gould, federal minister of families, children and social development, said the subsidies offer many options to help child care centers meet growing demand.

“While work is underway to increase the number of child care spaces, this grant helps ensure that child care providers can continue to provide access to early learning and child care services. high quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive across the province,” said Gould.

The grant funding is part of a larger joint initiative to implement a pan-Canadian early learning and child care system, the provincial government noted. Last month, an investment of $5.4 million was announced to increase the salaries of early childhood educators.

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