NDP

Child care centres facing financial crunch while Liberals tinker

May 31, 2016


May 31, 2016

For Immediate Release

Halifax, NS – The NDP Caucus has obtained a letter sent by the government to child care centres across the province on April 19, 2016.  In it, the government writes, “Increases in fees over the next 90 days will negatively impact centres’ ability to access grants.”   Many child care centres are facing financial shortfalls as a result of the Liberals’ decision to freeze funding grants for new centres for the past 16 months while the child care review is ongoing.

In the budget, the Liberals outlined an investment of $6.6 million in child care.  Details are expected to be announced on Wednesday, June 1.

Stephen McNeil said the investment in child care “will reflect the value we place on our children.” The Liberals have referred to this money as a major investment in child care, but the reality is very different.  Currently, child care fees in Nova Scotia are often more expensive than university tuition. The $6.6 million investment works out to just $59 per child – less than the cost of two days of child care.

When it comes to child care workers’ wages, the Liberals say they are committed to getting wages up to the national average. However this would cost more than $17 million, far more than what has been budgeted.

“Stephen McNeil gave a big speech at the Liberal AGM about making a major investment in our kids, but when it comes time to actually put the money where his mouth is, McNeil isn’t following through,” says Lenore Zann, NDP Critic for Early Childhood Education.

Zann will attend the government’s announcement on Wednesday, June 1st at 1 pm.

 

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For more information please contact Kyle Buott at (902) 266-2068

ATTACHMENTS:

Briefing note from NDP Caucus research team on childcare

Letter sent to child care centres by government