N.B. announces wage hike for certain early childhood educators

The province has announced a 75 cent per hour wage hike for early childhood educators who've completed a two-year college diploma or a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field.

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy says training and on-going professional development are recognized as the cornerstone of high-quality early childhood services.

More than one-thousand educators could qualify for the wage increase in 2019-20. When combined with the minimum wage increase to $11.50 per hour that came into effect April 1, and the increase in the wage top-up, trained educators will now earn a minimum hourly wage of $17.25 per hour.

More than 330 child care facilities and more than 90 homes have become designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centres and Homes.