MONCTON (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $1 million to support the Early Learning and Child Care Trust Fund.

“Education is crucial to the New Brunswick economy,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “One of the best ways to improve educational outcomes in the long term is by investing in early learning. To help families access the workforce and improve their quality of life, we are making child care more accessible and affordable. We are doing this by creating more daycare spaces, doubling the budget for daycare assistance, and investing in the Early Learning and Child Care Trust Fund.”

The trust fund was created to promote learning and development in early childhood, to support the training of early childhood educators and the labour force participation of parents, and to support parents by improving early learning and child care programs and services.

The Early Learning and Child Care Project Review Board disburses funding to operators of child care facilities, recognized post-secondary institutions and individuals employed in an approved child care facility. Grants are given out for creating rural, infant, and extended-hours child care spaces, and for creating child care spaces offered in the minority language of a community. There are also tuition reimbursements for people earning an early childhood education certificate.

Other recent government investments and initiatives related to education include:

  • The budget of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development increased by $56 million, or 4.9 per cent, in 2017-18.
  • Early childhood learning is part of the government’s 10-year education plans.
  • Over the past two years, the number of daycare spaces in the province has increased by more than 2,300 to make life easier for parents.
  • The government remains committed to creating 6,000 daycare spaces by 2020.