Child care costs rising – Liberals have no plan

December 13, 2016

For Immediate Release

HALIFAX – A new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows the cost of child care rising at three times the rate of inflation. The cost for a year of child care is higher than a year of university tuition in Nova Scotia. This shows Stephen McNeil’s tinkering with child care policy is not helping families pay for the cost of care.

“Other provinces are making real progress on expanding child care,” says Lenore Zann, Early Childhood Education Critic for the NDP. “Quebec, Manitoba and PEI all have fees set by the province with base funding paid to service providers.  Why are families in Nova Scotia left without access to a real system of early childhood education and care?”

In the budget this spring, the Liberals’ increased the budget for some grants for licensed child care. In his November 2016 report, the NS Auditor General found these same grants were not meeting their goals.  Child care centres have publicly raised concerns with the implementation of the Liberals’ plan.

“Making sure families have access to the child care options they need is a major priority for the NDP,” says NDP Leader Gary Burrill.  “Nova Scotia needs to move away from the Liberals’ piecemeal approach to child care and start creating a system of affordable early childhood education as is the case in other provinces.”

A full version of the CCPA report can be found at https://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/study-reveals-most-and-least-expensive-cities-child-care-2016

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