FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) applauds provincial government for subsidizing daycare costs for families with an annual gross income of over $37 500, with both parents attending either school or work.
“After years of advocating for affordable, accessible child care for all, I am pleased with government’s commitment to increase facilities and improve the quality of early education in New Brunswick,” said Paula Doucet, NBNU President. “I am hopeful that government’s recent announcements will help to ensure that all children in this province receive an equal and enhanced start to their early education,” added Doucet.
“The announcement is also about the right to choose,” said Doucet. “Currently many New Brunswick families are faced with the decision of one parent staying home to provide childcare while the other contributes to the workforce. Under this new program, I am optimistic that middle-income families will gain the financial freedom to choose if both parents would like to return to work,” she added.
In their press release, government announced that it will invest $7.5 million in annual Quality Grants as an incentive for facilities to meet the criteria of becoming a designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centre. This is in addition to a $4.7 million investment which individual daycares can apply to for a one-time quality improvement grant towards increasing the quality of their space, equipment and/or teaching materials. Financial support will be implemented by March 1, 2019 province-wide.
Government has created a “subsidy estimator” to help families calculate their potential cost savings under the new program. To access, please visit: http://bit.ly/2DbZfwb.
For more information, contact: Leanne Lagsiar