Excerpts from the press release:
Nova Scotia child care centres are getting the help they need to hire, and keep, qualified staff.
Community Services Minister Judy Streatch made the announcement of almost $5 million in extra funding today, March 7, in Halifax.
"The province is moving forward on its commitment to improving and expanding child care across Nova Scotia," said Ms. Streatch. "This funding is available to all licensed child care centres to help enhance staff salaries and benefits which will, in turn, provide a foundation for recruitment and retention of staff."
The child care operating grant is a key part of the Early Learning and Child Care Plan and is available to licensed commercial and non-profit full-day child care centres. Centres will receive $8 per day, per occupied space, for infants, and $3 per day, per occupied space, for children 18 months old to school age. The grant will replace the salary enhancement, equipment, infrastructure, and infant care grants that had been issued to non-profit child care centres.