Education and Early Childhood Development
November 20, 2019

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Brian Warr, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

Minister Recognizes National Child Day

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize November 20 as National Child Day. 

Blue ribbons have been distributed to all Honourable members to promote awareness of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Convention which protects the right of all children to be free from discrimination, violence and neglect. It means, for example, that all children have inherent rights to live and grow with dignity and respect and that they have a right to an education. 

Mr. Speaker, this morning I had the opportunity to visit Family and Child Care Connections to join in their special playgroup to celebrate National Child Day. Our government recognizes that child care and the early years play a critical role in the healthy development of children and the well-being of families.  

Through the Operating Grant Program we are establishing more affordable child care spaces, with 60 per cent of child care services across the province currently participating in the program. I am also pleased to report that just over 1,100 families receive a child care subsidy. Of these, 589 who attend centres under the Operating Grant Program receive free child care. 

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank all Honourable colleagues for wearing a blue ribbon today. In doing so, you are demonstrating your commitment to the children of our province. 

Thank you.

2019 11 20                              2:30 p.m.