Government of New Brunswick

Overview

The Daycare Assistance Program helps families access financially affordable, quality child care at an approved early learning and child care facility. The full program consists of the following components:

• A legacy daycare assistance program administered by the Department of Social Development that provides access to licenced early learning and childcare facilities and school-aged children up to the age of 12.

• A new Designated Centre – Parent Subsidy that is available to families with children under 5 years of age in designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centres. The parent subsidy guidelines are:
o Free child care will be available for families with an annual gross income of $37,500 or less who have children aged five and under attending a designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centre.
o Subsidies are available to parents making more than $37,500 based on a sliding scale that will ensure no family pays more than 20 per cent of gross annual income on child care for children 5 and under.

Eligibility

There are certain conditions that will be considered when an application is reviewed.

For the legacy daycare assistance program:

If a parent is working, attending school or undergoing medical treatment they may be eligible for funding. The calculation of eligibility is based on the monthly net income of the family. If your annual family income is $55,000 or lower, you may be eligible to receive funding through the Daycare Assistance Program.

For the Designated Centre – Parent Subsidy:

If children aged five and under are attending a designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centre and the parents or guardians are working, attending school or undergoing medical treatment, they may be eligible for subsidies. The calculation of eligibility is based on the annual gross income of the family, the number of children, and the daily child care fees.

Description

This program is designed to help families access financially affordable, quality child care at an approved child daycare facility.

The assistance is paid directly to the child care provider. The parent will be responsible for paying any difference between the actual cost of your child care and the subsidy amount approved. This program is designed to help you with your monthly daycare costs and may not cover the total cost.

Parents who do not have access to a licensed daycare facility may be eligible for assistance under the Alternative Child Care Program.