Three new centres providing early learning programs and child care have opened in Nova Scotia.

The facilities, known as early years centres, are located in Halifax, Sydney Mines and Monastery.

A fourth centre is expected to open in September in Yarmouth.

The provincial government says the facilities are located near or in schools.

The centres work with local organizations to offer early learning programs for kids aged four, early intervention, parent education and other services.

The government says the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation is providing $500,000 over five years to help fund the facilities.