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Business Office: Mount Pearl Square, 760 Topsail Road, Mount Pearl, NL A1N 3J5

Metro Region Tel: (709) 729-4331

Family and Child Development:

Programs and Services:

Mandate: The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development facilitates the development of programs that foster healthy child development. The department helps support families in accessing child care and also monitors and licenses child care facilities across the province. Staff work with child care providers to build capacity in the community and to promote best practices in child care settings.

Target Population: Families who require childcare services because of work, training, child development or family support, as well as child care providers.

Highlight of Programs / Services:

  • The Child Care Services Subsidy Program helps eligible parents or guardians pay for child care in a licensed child care centre or a regulated family child care home. Families who receive Income Support; who are caregivers under the Children, Seniors and Social Development legislation; who are in receipt of Protective Intervention Services; or who are in receipt of SCWA receive full subsidy. Families select the child care service they wish to access and the subsidy is paid directly to the licensee or provider on behalf of the family. Approval of child care subsidy is based on the need of the family and/or child for child care services and an income test.
  • The Operating Grant Program (OGP) improves the affordability of child care services for families with young children throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The OGP requires participating centres to lower their rates to current subsidy rates. The Provincial Government will, in turn, provide an operating grant to centres to compensate for lost revenue, based on average market rates for parent fees.
  • The Child Care Inclusion Program provides assistance to regulated child care services including children with exceptionalities to participate to their fullest potential in a regular program.
  • Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Provider Initiatives:
    • Early Learning and Child Care Supplement: Policy provides funding to eligible Early Childhood Educators, Program Operators, and regulated Family Child Care Providers. The intent of the initiative is to attract a greater number of qualified individuals to work in regulated child care settings.
    • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Graduate Bursary Program: Offered to provide assistance to candidates who have obtained a diploma through full time studies in Early Childhood Education through a recognized post-secondary institution in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    • Early Childhood Education (ECE) On-Campus Field Placement Bursary Program: Intended to support ECEs and Family Child Care Providers who are upgrading on a part-time basis by providing assistance for them to attend required field placements at a College of the North Atlantic campus.
    • ECE Trainee Bursary: The Department is partnering with the Association of Early Childhood Educators Newfoundland and Labrador to provide the ECE Trainee Bursary to those who qualify. The application form may be obtained from the AECENL website.

For more information on Child Care Service Licensing, Programs and Initiatives, check out the Education and Early Childhood Development website, contact the Regional office, or contact the child care facility of interest directly. Click here for the Early Learning and Child Care Directory, which lists all regulated child care services, both centre-based and family child care, and family resource centres in the province. To search by name of Centre and view any violations, click here.