June 11, 2002
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Family and Community Services Minister Joan MacAlpine has reconfirmed New Brunswick's commitment to young children and their families. This year, almost $36 million will be spent on programs and activities to support greater opportunities for New Brunswick children. Today the minister announced Phase Two initiatives of the province's Early Childhood Development Agenda.
"Our brightest hopes and dreams for a prosperous province rest in our children, and we are committed to delivering programs to improve their lives," the minister said. "Provincial and federal funding continues to provide initiatives to enhance child care, early language development, early childhood intervention and community capacity building."
Last year, during Phase I of New Brunswick's Early Childhood Development Agenda, the government invested in the following seven initiatives:
This year, during Phase II, almost $10 million has been allocated for ECD initiatives, including:
The federal government has allocated $9.7 million for New Brunswick's early childhood development initiatives during 2002-2003. That builds on a solid provincial government investment of over $26 million a year.
"We are proud to continue delivering programs to give our children excellent opportunities to grow and develop in their formative years," MacAlpine said. "I am pleased the federal government is continuing to invest in New Brunswick's Early Childhood Development Agenda and work with us to improve the lives of our children."
MEDIA CONTACT: Wade Wilson, communications, Family and Community Services, 506-453-2001.