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More access to child care for families in Halifax

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Government of Nova Scotia
Press release
Publication Date: 
15 May 2024


Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) will add more spaces to its child study centre in Halifax and expand the age groups it serves with funding support from the provincial and federal governments.

This will help meet the need for child care in the community and enhance the education and professional development of aspiring early childhood educators in the university’s child and youth study program, while offering research opportunities in the field.


The larger facility will add an additional 82 spaces and introduce up to 32 infant spaces. Parents who are on the existing wait list will be given priority.


MSVU will also explore offering flexible hours at the centre to accommodate shift workers, particularly healthcare workers.


Quick Facts:

  • MSVU’s child study centre currently operates a full-day program for 40 children from 18 months to five years
  • the expansion is expected to cost $10 million, with $2 million from the Province, $3 million from the Canada-Nova Scotia Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement and $5 million from the university
  • Nova Scotia, in partnership with the federal government, now invests $333 million annually in early learning and child care