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Mar 23, 2020

Status of child care

03/16/2020 - all licensed child care closed. 

Status of child care for essential workers

03/25/2020 - Emergency centres can only have a maximum of 50 children. Province is offering to assist centres with increased cleaning services. This includes school custodians and union, CUPE, have agreed to clean emergency childcare centres around the province to maintain standards during the pandemic. If custodians are unable to do so, the department will pay for private businesses to provide cleaning services.

Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy said the government will cover the cost of childcare for essential services workers who are also paying to reserve their usual space. See: N.B. working to get children of essential services workers in daycare during state of emergency

03/23/22 – Some child care serving essential workers are closing, citing government funding as the reason
SEE: Essential workers lose emergency daycare, despite COVID-19 plan

03/16/2020 - A few child care centres remain open as they have been identified to serve children of essential workers.

Information for essential service workers on how to access child care services is now available through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Parent Portal or by calling 1-833-221- 9339.

Families accessing child care for essential workers will be responsible to pay fees to the centre.

Status of funds to support services/pay staff

03/25/2020 - “We have told centres who have laid-off their employees to not charge parents. If your centre has laid-off their employees and does try to charge you, please contact the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development,” Minister Cardy said a the memo

03/16/2020 - Fredericton and Saint John YMCAs said they will not take any payment for programs or services until facilities reopen.

Other centres - Early Childhood Care and Education of New Brunswick indicated that if there's a closure, operators may continue to charge parents.

Providers who are caring for children of essential workers can still charge regular fees to families not using the service. If those families have lost income and cannot support their regular fees, the government will cover them.

Association head says it's up to individual daycares to decide whether to charge fees - government memo.

Community responses

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Provincial responses

03/16/2020 - Essential service workers can still obtain child care services, Government release.

COVID-19 and child care in the news

COVID-19: NB: Essential workers lose emergency daycare, despite COVID-19 plan
CBC News, 23 March 2020 

COVID-19: Association head says it's up to individual daycares to decide whether to charge fees
CBC News, 19 March 2020

COVID-19: N.B. chief medical officer recommending closure of childcare centers
Global News, 16 March 2020

COVID-19: N.B. parents preparing to deal with coronavirus-related daycare closures
Global News, 16 March 2020

COVID-19: New Brunswick: Health Department urges daycares to close
CBC News, 16 March 2020

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