CUPE NB applauds child care announcements from government

CUPE New Brunswick is applauding the provincial government's announcement yesterday of free childcare for low-income families and raise salaries of early-learning and childcare workers.

President Daniel Légère says low income single-parent families are the ones who will benefit the most, which is a step in the right direction.

Premier Brian Gallant announced yesterday that the program will be open to families with an annual gross income under $37,500.

Erin McAllister, NB representative on CUPE's National Child Care Working Group says, however, she's "troubled" that two parents, with full-time minimum wage jobs, will not qualify for the program.

She adds she hopes the principle of universality in child care becomes a reality in the future of the province.