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
2018-2019 – Provincial roll-out

New Brunswick’s vision is to build a high-quality early learning and childcare system that families can rely on and where every child receives appropriate services enabling them to reach their full potential.

The Designated Centre – Parent Subsidy program provides financial support to low and middle income families and is based on a sliding scale (between $37,501 and $80,000) which considers child care fees, the number of children under the age of five not attending school and the total annual gross household income.

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. Those with multiple preschool children under the age of five will not pay more than 20% of their gross household annual income on childcare.
  

Are you eligible?

Families are eligible for the Designated Centre – Parent Subsidy program if:

  • They have at least one preschool-aged child who is not in school and who is registered in a designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centre; and
  • They are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; and
  • They are a resident of New Brunswick; and
  • Their gross annual household income (before deductions) is $80,000 or less; OR
  • Their expenses for child care services are more than 20% of the gross annual household income (before deductions).
       

What are the subsidy rates?

The Designated Centre – Parent Subsidy is based on a sliding scale between $37,501 to $80,000, 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 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 Edmundston 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 beginning in September 2018 for a full provincial implementation for March 2019. For more information on the current list of designated centres and for details on the schedule for the provincial plan, please visit the Parent Portal here.