Province, feds announce $71 million early learning and child care agreement

The federal and provincial governments have signed a three-year, bilateral early learning and child care agreement.

Speaking in Moncton on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $30 million toward the initiative, while Premier Brian Gallant says the province will contribute $41 million..

A news release from the province says the two sides will work to lower fees for families in need and provide more spaces, including those for infants and toddlers.

The provincial government says the investments will transform at least 300 current child care providers into designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centres.

The funding will also be used to provide professional development opportunities for early child care educators, and support other initiatives to improve early learning and child care.

The two levels of government say there will be annual reports on progress made.