We know how important a good start to life is for our children. Creating and improving access to inclusive childcare is something we are working hard to ensure all Nova Scotian families have. As part of a 3 year $35 million early learning and child care agreement, $4.4 million will go towards creating, expanding, and improving new and existing child care programs in the province.

The money will help create 403 new spaces across the province and provide 108 non-profit child care centres with opportunities to expand or improve their programs.

Here is where the $4.4 million is being invested:

— Strategic Growth Initiative Fund: Four operators have received a total $300,000 to expand an existing location or open a new centre. This means a total 127 new child care spaces in Cape Breton, Cumberland and Victoria counties. The operators also have access to an additional $350,000 to help with annual operating costs

— Space Conversion Grants: 21 centres have received between $10,000 and more than $260,000, for a total $1.4 million in one-time funding to convert existing space to support the changing child care needs of their communities. The centres will create spaces for 276 children

— Program Enhancement Grant: 108 non-profit child care centres received between $500 and $50,000, for a total $2.7 million in one-time funding to help with minor repairs and renovations, replacing equipment, or purchasing new materials to support high-quality, inclusive early learning programming

These investments mean that we’re doing more to set our children up for success. Continued investments in child care and pre-primary, mean we’re doing what’s best for them and helping Nova Scotian families across the province.

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