Kirby made the announcement in Conception Bay South Thursday afternoon, at the Pitter Patter Daycare.
Kirby is fond of talking about the metaphorical “three-legged stool” of childcare — quality, availability and affordability.
The extra money which government will pay qualified early childhood educators, Kirby said, will more adequately reflect their qualifications, and it’ll assist daycares with recruitment and retention of staff.
The $1.3 million is a 20% increase in funding over last year, going from $6.5 million to $7.8 million.
After speaking to the media, Kirby went to read “Chicken, Pig, Cow” to the children at the daycare.