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Media Contacts

Esme Mills

Ministry of Education and Child Care
Media Relations
250 896-4891

Soraya Lemur

Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jenna Sudds
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development


Support for early childhood educators in B.C.
  • Early childhood educators (ECEs) will be able to apply to access the specialized certification grants through Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) in January 2024.
    • More information will be available on the ECEBC website soon.
  • More than 12,000 eligible ECEs working at participating licensed child care facilities will receive the additional $2 per hour (total of $6 per hour) effective Dec. 1, 2023.
    • The first payments will be provided in January 2024, based on hours reported for December 2023.
  • ECE students may also be eligible for funding through the ECE Education Support Fund to help with the cost of their education.
  • B.C. anticipates more than 12,000 job openings for certified ECEs and ECE assistants in the coming decade.
    • Government’s recruitment and retention initiatives are helping to reduce the gap between supply and demand.
  • The overall number of ECEs has increased by approximately 4,000 from 10,400 in 2018-19 to 14,400 in 2023-24.
  • Sector-wide retention for ECEs receiving the wage enhancement was 90% between 2021-22 and 2022-23.