FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) commends provincial government on their recent announcement to offer free child care to New Brunswick families earning an annual gross income of $37,500 or less. This major announcement stems from government’s three-year, $71 million investment to improve early learning and child care in the province.
“Accessible child care is fundamental to achieving gender equality and providing every child with a fair start regardless of their family’s socioeconomic status,” said Paula Doucet, NBNU president. “This commitment is a progressive step towards improving accessibility as we know that many New Brunswick families struggle to attain quality, affordable child care,” added Doucet.
A second major announcement regarding early child care for middle income earners is coming next week.
“As a Union that represents 96 per cent women, NBNU understands firsthand how important accessible child care is for parents to be available for work, education and training,” said Doucet. “We look forward to government committing to making child care more affordable for all families in the province,” she added.
In addition to today’s announcement by Premier Brian Gallant, the province’s child care action plan also includes measures to address a shortage of infant spaces by giving all childcare providers $10 a day for each infant cared for, adding 200 spaces and creating a registry. Several other investments will improve quality and increase wages for early childhood educators who are among the lowest paid workers in the economy.
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