Released on February 28, 2011
The Government of Saskatchewan is increasing its support for professional development opportunities, and recruitment and retention of early childhood educators.
"The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to providing high quality early learning experiences for our youngest citizens," Education Minister Donna Harpauer said. "Early childhood educators play an integral role in child care, and providing them with opportunities for further training and professional development that benefit the children in their care."
In addition to an increase in start-up grants for school-age spaces from $308 to $615, Tuition Reimbursement Grants will increase from $150 per individual course to $500, and from $450 to $1,500 for the Early Childhood Orientation course equivalent to an Early Childhood Educator I.
Early childhood educators working in a licensed setting are also able to apply for a Professional Development Support Grant to assist with the costs of attending in-province professional development opportunities occurring between September 1, 2010 and March 15, 2011.
The total available amount for the Professional Development Support Grant is $580,700. Licensed child care facilities are eligible for a grant for their employees to a maximum of:
- $3,500 for centres with 61-90 spaces;
- $2,500 for centres with 31-60 spaces;
- $1,500 for centres with 30 or fewer spaces;
- $400 for licensed group homes; and
- $300 for licensed homes.
Those eligible to apply for the grant through their facility include early childhood educators of all levels working in licensed child care centres, family child care homes or group family child care homes; assistants employed in group family child care homes; and board members serving on a licensed centre's board of directors. Grants will be provided on a reimbursement basis.
For more information of these supports, please visit www.education.gov.sk.ca/elcc, or call 306-787-2004.
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