Provincial Child Care Wage Enhancement Grant
The Ontario government has made an ongoing funding commitment to support a wage enhancement for eligible child care professionals working in licensed child care settings. The wage enhancement will help retain RECEs, and support access to stable, high-quality child care programs for children in Ontario. The wage enhancement will also help to close the wage gap between registered early childhood educators (RECEs) working in full-day kindergarten (FDK) programs and RECEs/other child care program staff working in licensed child care settings.
The goals of the enhancement are to:
• Close the wage gap between RECE wages in the school board and licensed child care sectors;
• Stabilize licensed child care operators by helping them retain RECEs/child care staff; and
• Support greater employment and income security.
The wage enhancement grant supports the increase of up to $2 per hour plus 17.5% benefits for individuals who work in licensed child care centres. In addition, the home child care enhancement grant will support a grant of up to $20 per day for home child care providers who are contracted to work with a licensed agency.
As a committed community partner working to meet the Rainy River District’s need for access to high quality child care, the Rainy River DSSAB is administering the wage enhancement grant for the Ministry of Education.
For more information contact:
Tanis Fretter, Integrated Services Manager
(807) 274-5349 ext. 241