FREDERICTON (GNB) – Amendments have been proposed to the unproclaimed Early Learning and Childcare Act to establish a single piece of legislation called the Early Childhood Services Act. The amendments are subsequent to the transfer of early childhood services to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The new act would combine all early childhood programs and services such as preschool autism intervention, prenatal support, early learning and childcare, and early intervention.

“Our government is becoming a leader in early childhood development by creating an act that includes all early childhood services,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr. “By implementing initiatives that will meet the needs of children and their families wherever they are in New Brunswick, we can collectively improve our quality of life and make our province a better place in which to live. We believe that investing in early childhood is investing in our future.”

Changes to the section of the act detailing curriculum frameworks are proposed so that licensed childcare facilities use only one of the two frameworks provided by the department.

“Providing our children with high quality learning and care services from birth will have positive and long-lasting effects throughout their school years and beyond,” said Carr.

The proclamation of the amended act would be subject to the preparation of draft regulations that would be posted online for public perusal. People would be able to read and comment on them over a 30-day period.

Other announcements related to early childhood development, inclusive education, and support services for students are anticipated in the next few weeks.