Government passes Early Learning Centre designations goal

The province says it has surpassed its goal for the number of child care facilities that have become designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centres.

In a press release yesterday, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced that as of March 1, 330 child care facilities had been designated as Early Learning Centres.

With the expansion into the Anglophone West School District in Fredericton, Oromocto and Woodstock and the Francophone sud school district in Fredericton and Oromocto, the provincial rollout of this program is complete.

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy says, "the transition to designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centres and Homes ensures parents that these facilities meet the highest standards."

The province says 88 home-based daycares have received designation since they were eligible to apply for designation as New Brunswick Early Learning Homes as of February 1st.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development says the centres are intended to help parents access more affordable and high-quality child care services and parents whose children attend these designated centres and homes may be eligible for improved subsidies for child care expenses.

The initiative is part of a $71-million federal-provincial early learning and child care framework which will support early learning initiatives.