Government surpasses target of 30,000 licensed child care spaces

The province says there are now 30,183 licensed child care spaces in the province as part of the provincial Early Learning and Child Care Week.

In 2010, the government committed to increasing the total number of licenced child care spaces to 30,000 within ten years, and as of June 1, there were 2,328 infant spaces, 12,185 preschool spaces and 15,670 school-age spaces licenced in the province.

"These spaces will help New Brunswick families access affordable, high-quality child care across the province," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. "Our early childhood educators not only ensure the safety of our children, but they tailor learning objectives in the curriculum to create educational adventures that are fun and engaging for children. They inspire a love of learning."

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development says it has surpassed its goal of having 300 New Brunswick Early Learning Centres by March 2020, with 380 centres becoming designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centres and 106 home-based daycares designated as Early Learning Homes on June 1.

The designations of early learning centres and homes are intended to help parents with children up to the age of five access more affordable and high-quality child care services.

The province says parents whose children attend these facilities may be eligible for improved subsidies.