Hundreds of New Child Care Spaces Created

Families across the province will have more options and improved access to child care with a $4.4 million investment.

The money will go towards creating 403 spaces across Nova Scotia, and it will also provide 108 non-profit child care centres.

These investments are part of a three-year, $35 million early learning and child care agreement with the federal government that was signed in January 2018.

“These investments are helping us give our children the best start in life,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “We know that in some communities, access to regulated child care is limited. These new spaces will help more families especially in communities where regulated child care is difficult to access.”

Here are just some of the details of the $4.4 million investment:

-Space Conversion Grants: 21 centres have received between $10,000 and more than $260,000, for a total $1.4 million in one-time funding to convert existing space to support the changing child care needs of their communities.

-Strategic Growth Initiative Fund: Four operators have received a total $350,000 to expand an existing location or open a new centre. This equates to 127 new child care spaces in Cape Breton, Cumberland and Victoria counties.

-Program Enhancement Grant: 108 non-profit child care centres received between $500 and $50,000, for a total $2.7 million in one-time funding to help with minor repairs and renovations, replacing equipment, or purchasing new materials to support high-quality, inclusive early learning programming.

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