FREDERICTON (GNB) – A task force has been appointed to conduct a child care review for New Brunswick. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Serge Rousselle made the announcement today.

The task force’s mandate will be to provide a path for creating the right conditions for child care and to suggest ways to address the challenges parents face in obtaining access to quality and affordable child care services.

“As a government, we have promised sound fiscal responsibility, job creation, and to make New Brunswick the best place to raise a family,” said Rousselle. “We aim to strategically plan and build child care capacity based on the needs of parents and of our communities.”

The task force will conduct an objective review of the child care sector. The process will involve consultations with parents and stakeholders, as well as a financial analysis of day care services. The task force will also proceed with an analysis of New Brunswick regulations and best practices in other jurisdictions which could create the right conditions for the development of the province's child care sector.

The members of the task force are:

  • Corinne Haché: consultant and specialist in early childhood, with more than 34 years of experience in this area, she has held the positions of director of pre-school intervention services, administrative officer for a day care, and kindergarten teacher; and
  • Pam Whitty: professor in early childhood education at the University of New Brunswick, she was instrumental in the development and implementation of the New Brunswick Early Learning and Care Curriculum Framework. She is also well known nationally and internationally in the field of early childhood education.

To ensure that the recommendations of the final report are responsive to the needs of parents and communities, a survey will be launched in the coming weeks. The information collected will also guide the implementation of the new child care registry and contribute to the development of the 10-year Education Plan.

The task force will submit its report this fall.