Province Announces Free Child Care For Families That Make $37,500 Or Less Per Year

Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2018 15:12 PM

Today, Premier Brian Gallant announced the province will offer free child care for families with a combined annual income of $37,500 or less.

Gallant says access to free child care for lower income families will ensure parents are given every opportunity to enter the workforce or pursure their studies, while having the peace of mind their children are being taken care of in New Brunswick Early Learning Centres.

The free day care program is for working parents or for those who are attending school with kids who are 5 years old and under attending a designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centre.

Child and Youth Advocate Norm Bosse was on hand and calls the announcement "big time", adding when kids end up in his office and they look back into their history poverty is often where it starts.

He says they will track this as an office and he is sure they will be speaking about it in the State of the Child report in the fall.

Gallant says this move combined with the others included in the Early Learning and Child Care action plan and the free tuitiion program have the power to end generational poverty.