FREDERICTON (GNB) – The task force appointed to conduct a child care review for New Brunswick released its report today.

The task force had a mandate 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.

“Affordable, accessible child care is important to New Brunswick families and it is a key priority for our government,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “I commend the task force members for their work on this report. As a government, we will carefully consider this information as we move forward with enhancing our child care services in the province, collaborating with the federal government on the National Early Learning and Child Care Framework and finalizing the 10-year education plan.”

Over the past year, task force members Corinne Haché and Pam Whitty conducted consultations with stakeholders. They also completed an analysis of New Brunswick’s regulations as well as promising practices in other jurisdictions to determine how to create the right conditions for the development of the child care sector.

“We thank those who came forward to share their experiences and ideas as part of this process,” said Whitty. “We were deeply moved and we appreciate the respect, thoughtfulness and passion exhibited by so many for child care.”

“This report strives to reflect the different points of view we encountered as part of our work,” said Haché. “It builds on the strengths of the current child care system and sets out possible changes for the future.”

Haché is a 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 daycare, and kindergarten teacher.

Whitty is a 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.

The report is available online.