Telephone: (506) 453-3678
Fax: (506) 457-4810
Email :

Place 2000
250 King Street
PO Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
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Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA)

Telephone: (902) 424-8500
Fax: (902) 423-8700

APSEA Resource Centre
5940 South Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 1S6
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In co-operation with each of the Atlantic Provinces, APSEA is responsible for services to students who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing from birth to 21 years of age who are residents of Atlantic Canada. Depending on the student’s needs, services are provided in the student’s home, local school or through a resource centre in Halifax.

Supervisor for Educational Services for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Telephone: (506) 444-4712
Fax: (506) 462-2301

Department of Education and
Early Childhood Development
PO Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1

Services offered in the communities of New Brunswick are:

  • a training and development program for parents of preschoolers who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • itinerant teacher, tutor and consultative support for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in regular classes
  • resource for students who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • education assistants/interpreters
  • provision of adapted materials and special equipment

Provincial Supervisor Students with Visual Impairments
Telephone: (506) 444-4737
Fax: (506) 462-2302

Department of Education and Early
Childhood Development
PO Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1

Services offered in the communities of New Brunswick are:

  • preschool programs
  • consultative services
  • itinerant teacher support for students with visual impairments in regular classes
  • provision of adapted material (e.g., Braille and large print textbooks, taped material)
  • provision of specialized equipment
  • orientation and mobility services
  • transition services for students with visual impairment

You may also contact the superintendent of your school district for information on
these services.

Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) for at-risk children and youth


Children and youth can benefit from a variety of services provided by professionals working together as a team. The goal is to streamline access to the services for the benefit of the child or youth and their family.

The Integrated Services Delivery (ISD) approach involves close collaboration among team members and participating departments (i.e. Education and Early Childhood Development, Social Development, Health, Public Safety, school districts and regional health authorities). ISD Child and Youth (C&Y) Team members work closely with student services staff in schools. A variety of services are available, and may be delivered in schools and community settings.

Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) services are available in the Charlotte County, Acadian Peninsula, Saint John, Sussex, Miramichi and Chaleur-Restigouche areas. For more information or to access services in these areas, call your school or your local mental health clinic.

Respect – Diversity – Inclusion


Inclusive education is a pairing of philosophy and pedagogical practices that allow each student to feel respected, confident and safe so he or she can learn and develop to his or her full potential. It is based on a system of values and beliefs centered on the best interests of the student, which promotes social cohesion, belonging, active participation in learning, a complete school experience, and positive interactions with peers and others in the school community.

These values and beliefs will be shared by schools and communities. Inclusive education is put into practice within school communities that value diversity and nurture the well-being and quality of learning of each of their members. Inclusive education is carried out through a range of public and community programs and services available to all students. Inclusive education is the foundation for ensuring an inclusive New Brunswick society.

Student Services

Website: Student Services

The responsibilities under Student Services include the development, implementation and coordination of special education programming, which includes all areas of learning difficulties and learning disabilities.

Student Services also encompasses other areas of support to students and to the K-12 system in the areas of comprehensive and developmental guidance and counseling, including that of career and life role development; school and district positive learning environments; students at-risk programs, including alternative educational programs; enrichment and gifted students and student leadership.

Student Services personnel work with School District personnel to ensure that students are provided with support services to learning which include, among others, speech and language therapy, social work, psychology and health supports. Student Services provides consultative support to schools, school districts, and other government departments, both provincially and nationally. In addition, consultative services and support are provided to non-
government agencies that render services to schools.

Day Care Assistance Program

Finding affordable, quality child care for your children is often a difficult task for most parents, and many families struggle each month to pay for child care. Education and Early Childhood Development can help. Changes to our Day Care Assistance Program have increased the number of New Brunswick families eligible for financial assistance.

The Day Care Assistance Program is designed to help your family access financially affordable, quality child care at a licensed child day care facility. Parents who do not have access to a licensed day care facility may be eligible for assistance under the Alternative Child Care Program.

There are certain conditions that will be considered when reviewing your application. If you are working, attending school, or undergoing medical treatment, you may be eligible for funding.

*Your family’s monthly net income after involuntary deductions (i.e. income tax, employment insurance, Canada Pension Plan, etc.). Your GST/HST Credit and the Canadian Child Tax Benefit are not considered income. **These amounts are based on 23 days per month and are paid per child to your facility directly.

The day care assistance is paid directly to the child care provider. You will be responsible for paying any difference between the actual cost of your child care and the subsidy amount approved by Social Development.

This program is designed to help you with your monthly day care costs and is not intended to cover the total cost.
The provincial government is committed to supporting affordable, accessible, quality child care for children in New Brunswick by providing financial assistance to our licensed child care facilities through Social Development and by providing financial support to parents through the Day Care Assistance Program.

Please contact your regional Social Development Office; financial help may be a phone call away.

Moncton (Region 1) – 1-833-733-7835
Saint John (Region 2) – 1-833-733-7835
Fredericton (Region 3) – 1-833-733-7835
Edmundston (Region 4) – 1-833-733-7835
Restigouche (Region 5) – 1-833-733-7835
Chaleur (Region 6) – 1-833-733-7835
Miramichi (Region 7) – 1-833-733-7835
Acadian Peninsula (Region 8) – 1-833-733-7835

New Brunswick’s Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum

New Brunswick’s Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum is a guide designed to support parents and caregivers in creating stimulating and nurturing learning environments for young children. It is based on up-to-date research on how to maximize children’s learning so that they can grow to their fullest potential with dignity, a sense of self-worth and a zest for living.

Children learn well before they enter a class-room for the first time. In fact, children learn from the moment they are born and you, as parents, are their first teachers. In order for children to thrive they need their relationships, especially with you, to be nurturing, loving, secure, and positive. Their environments must be safe, flexible and engaging. They must also have plenty of opportunities for play that promotes creativity, imagination and learning.

With all of the information on child development and early learning that is available, it can get confusing. To help simplify that search for information on how to best support your child’s learning experiences, we are making available to you the Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum. This curriculum is a collection of recent research and best practices on child development and early learning from around the world.

Services for Preschool Children with Autism

The province contracts with authorized agencies across the province to provide intensive behaviour intervention services to preschool age children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The child must be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The child must be a resident of New Brunswick including children living on a First Nations reserve.

The child is eligible until the beginning of the school year in which they become 5 years of age.

Once a child has been diagnosed, they are referred to an authorized agency in their area which provides the following services:

  • Personal Learning Plan (PLP) development and management;
  • Direct one-to-one intensive intervention up to 20 hours week;
  • Clinical supervision;
  • Collaboration with health care professionals working under Regional Heatlh Authorities;
  • Transition-to-kindergarten planning and
  • Ongoing monitoring and review of Personal Learning Plan.

Contact information
Toll free number: 1-844-377-3819

Child Day Care Services Program

This department is responsible for the approval and monitoring of early learning and childcare facilities in the province. The Minister of this department is provided with the authority to represent the public interest for the safety and healthy development of young children, up to age 12, who are in non-parental early learning and child care arrangements. The department approves, renews, monitors and investigates day care facilities, as defined under the Day Care Regulation 83-85.

The Day Care Regulation sets out the approval and renewal requirements for early learning and childcare centres and community day care homes. Maximum centre size is 60 spaces. Community day care homes must not exceed 6 children of a combination of ages or where solely school age children are cared for no more than 9 children. Both facility types include the children of the operator up to age 12. Detailed information packages outlining the approval requirements are available from one of the department’s regional offices. Prior to operating and annually thereafter, individuals who intend to provide child day care services must submit an application to the department. All approved facilities are inspected annually. Depending on the facility’s compliance history, monitoring frequency may range from a minimum of 1 to 3 additional visits per year. The associated functions are delegated to regional Early Childhood Services Coordinators located in the department’s 7 districts.

Early Intervention Program

The Early Intervention Program is delivered through 7 Family and Early Childhood agencies within School District boundaries. The Program offers targeted services to families of children aged 0 to 8 who are at greatest risk of developmental delays. It provides screening, assessment, intervention and case management services to families and connects families to other helpful resources when intensive intervention is not recommended.

The goals of the program focus on healthy childhood growth and development, quality parent-child interaction, and family wellness through voluntary in-home visitation, among other activities.

Family and Early Childhood Agencies offer the following services:

  • In-Home Visitation;
  • Infant-Parent Attachment Program;
  • Group-Based Parent Support;
  • Creative Outreach;
  • Transition-to-school activities related to the Early Years Evaluation – Direct Assessment (EYE-DA) and follow-up.
  • Referral and intervention plan for the Developmental Child Care program; and
  • Be the single entry point for their services by accepting referrals from all professionals, as well as from parents/legal guardians;
  • Screen for service eligibility, assess the family need (s), and assume the case management responsibilities, using standardized and validated tools to identify the risk and protective factors and to help build an individual family service plan based on the needs of the child and his family;
  • Develop goals and outcome indicators for each child and family receiving services;
  • Maintain up to date enrollment, retention, and service completion data.

Family and Early Childhood North
78 Henderson Street
Miramichi, NB E1N 2R7
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Telephone: (506) 778-6532 or 1-855-778-6532
Fax: (506) 778-6519

Family and Early Childhood East
410 – 22 Church Street
Moncton, NB E1C 0P7
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Telephone: (506) 853-3061 or 1-855-238-3694
Fax: 506-853-0600

Family and Early Childhood South
490 Woodward Avenue
Saint John, NB E2K 5N3
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Telephone: 1-855-383-5437
Fax: (506) 643-2020

Family and Early Childhood West
7 – 261 Connell Street
Woodstock, NB E7M 1L2
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Telephone: 1-855-454-3762
Fax: (506) 325-4508

Talk with me Program
Offers free information and training to parents, community partners and the general public. It helps prevent communication and learning difficulties for all children from birth to 5 years of age.

To find out more on the programs and services in your area, contact your local school district:

  • Anglophone North School District: (506) 453-2950
  • Anglophone East School District: (506) 85​6-3222
  • Anglophone South School District: 1-506-658-5300
  • Anglophone West School District: 1-888-388-4455 / 1-506-453-5454
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