Early Learning and Child Care - Quality Improvement Funding Support (QIFS)
The purpose of the Quality Improvement Funding Support program is to make funding support available to licensed early learning and childcare facilities to increase the availability and quality of child day care services in New Brunswick.
The Quality Improvement Funding Support program makes funding available to increase wages for eligible early learning and childcare educators.
The toll-free number is 1-866-727-QIFS (1-866-727-7437).
The Quality Improvement Funding Support (QIFS) program accepts new applications into the program on an annual basis only (by March 31st of each year for the following fiscal year (April-March)). EXCEPTION: Newly licensed early learning and childcare facilities with infant spaces may apply for QIFS once they are licensed to operate at any time throughout the year.
To be eligible to apply, facilities must:
• have a VALID Licence (issued on or prior to March 31st of each year).
• complete one (1) Application Form for each approved early learning and childcare facility before the ANNUAL application deadline.
• provide valid and accurate information and cooperate with the Department regarding an audit or inquiry.
The Quality Improvement Funding Support program includes an annual application process, eligible employee registration and four quarterly reporting periods.
The application form requests information on the profile of each early learning and childcare facility to distribute the funding support according to a formula that corresponds with the goals of the program. A fully completed form is required for an application to be processed.
Eligible Employee Forms enroll each individual qualifying educator and Change Forms are used to register changes to the status of those educators.
Funding payments are made prior to hours worked and are distributed monthly.
Please see current QIFS Handbook for complete program standards and guidelines.