Government of New Brunswick

   
High quality early learning and childcare, support for you

Coming in 2018/2019 for all preschool children in designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centres

March 1, 2018 – Greater Edmundston area and City of Saint John
Fall 2018 – Provincial roll-out

Designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centres provide quality, affordable and accessible early learning and child care services for New Brunswick families.

The Designated Centre – Parent Subsidy provides financial support for low and middle income families offered through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to help pay for the cost of early learning and child care for children under the age of five attending a designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centre.

Families with a total annual gross income of $37,500 or less will have access to free early learning and child care services at a designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centre.

No family in New Brunswick will pay more than 20% of their gross annual family income to cover child care costs while their child is attending a designated centre.
 

Are you eligible?

The Designated Centre – Parent Subsidy is available for families who have children aged five and under who are not at school and attend a designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centre  

Families are eligible if:

  • parents/guardians are working, studying, in a training program or there is a medical reason; and,
  • the early learning and child care costs are more than 20% of the annual gross household income.

 

What are the subsidy rates?

The Designated Centre – Parent Subsidy  is based on a sliding scale which considers the child care fees, the number of children under the age of five not attending school and the total annual gross household income.

  • Families with preschool children under the age of five will not pay more than 20% of their gross household income regardless of the total annual gross household income.
  • Households with a total annual gross income of less than $37,500 are eligible for free child care.

Families using after-school child care provided in a designated centre and child care services provided by non-designated centres will continue to access the Daycare Assistance Program. Applications must be submitted to the Department of Social Development.

    

Income

$

Child Care Needs – Full-time



Child Care Needs – Part-time



Per Day*
Designated Centre Subsidy Contribution

*Please note that these calculations are estimates only based on the information provided. There may be some exceptions based on individual situations. The actual eligible subsidy amount must be confirmed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development through the application process.

   
Please note: These calculations are estimates only, based on the information provided. There may be some exceptions based on individual situations. The actual eligible subsidy amount must be confirmed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development through the application process.

Families attending designated centres in the greater Edumundston area and City of Saint John will be notified once their centre is designated.

Families living in other parts of the province will have access to this subsidy through a staggered roll-out across New Brunswick begnning in September 2018 for a full provincial implementation for March 2019.