News Release - May 11, 1999
CHILD CARE WORKERS RECIEVE GOVERNMENT WAGE ENHANCEMENT GRANT
Saskatchewan Social Services Minister Harry Van Mulligen today
announced that child care workers in licensed non-profit child care
centres across Saskatchewan will receive wage increases which will
help retain and recruit qualified child care workers to care for
"This wage enhancement recognizes the importance of quality child care
and the valuable work of caring for children," Van Mulligen said.
"For the fourth consecutive year, our government is providing a grant
to enhance the wages of child care workers to help address the
disparity between early childhood educators and other occupations with
the same qualifications."
Social Services has provided a grant of $500,000 to more than 130
centres across Saskatchewan to bolster workers' wages. Since 1996,
Saskatchewan has allocated $2 million to supplement the wages of child
care workers in this province.
The government's commitment to improving the wages of child care
workers is part of Saskatchewan's Action Plan for Children, a long
term government strategy through which community and government
programs for children and families are initiated, developed and
Child Care Week in Saskatchewan is May 16-22 and Caregiver
Appreciation Day is May 18th.
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