Portable Child-Care Spaces

Department of Community Services

June 3, 2002 10:26 AM

Another 50 portable subsidized child-care spaces are being made
available to Nova Scotia families. They bring to 190 the number
of portable spaces in Nova Scotia.

Having a portable space means a family can choose any licensed
child-care centre that provides full-day services and that has
signed a letter of agreement with the Nova Scotia Department of
Community Services. These spaces are designated for children up
to 12 years of age.

"Since portable subsidized child-care spaces are assigned to the
child and not to the child-care centre, the space and the subsidy
follow the child if the family has to move within the province,"
said Peter Christie, Minister of Community Services. "Portability
means parents can seek work outside their home community without
losing their subsidized child-care space."

There are 203 licensed full-day child-care centres in the
province. The portable spaces are distributed among the
department's four provincial regions. Parents who want more
information should contact the nearest office of the Department
of Community Services.

The project is made possible through the
federal/provincial/territorial Agreement on Early Childhood
Development.

In September 2000, the federal, provincial and territorial
governments committed to improve and expand early childhood
development supports and services. The government of Canada is
transferring $2.2 billion to provincial and territorial
governments over a five-year period, which began in April 2001.
Nova Scotia's portion of the funding is $66 million.


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     Fifty more portable child-care spaces are being made

available for families across Nova Scotia.

     This is the third year the province has created portable

subsidized spaces. There are now 190 portable spaces in Nova

Scotia.

     Portable subsidized child-care spaces follow the child if

the family moves to another part of the province.

     Community Services Minister Peter Christie says portable


subsidized spaces allow families more flexibility to seek

employment outside their home communities.

     There are 203 licensed full-day child-care centres in the

province.

     The government of Canada is transferring 2.2-billion dollars

to provincial and territorial governments over a five-year period

that began in April 2001. Nova Scotia's portion of the funding is

66-million dollars.

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Contact: Virginia O'Connell
         Department of Community Services
         902-424-5489
         E-mail: oconneva@gov.ns.ca

         Steve Bone
         Department of Community Services
         902-424-4326
         E-mail: bonesp@gov.ns.ca

njm         June 3, 2002        10:22 A.M.