Emergency Childcare Offered to Essential Workers

Published on: 2020/04/03 - in News

The City of Kingston announced it is working with licensed childcare providers to offer emergency childcare to eligible workers identified as essential by the Province of Ontario.

The childcare is being offered for children up to 12 years-old at no cost to eligible families – which includes health care workers, police officer, firefighters and those working in correctional facilities – and funded by the Provincial government. If the level of demand exceeds the City’s ability to provide care, the City will prioritize childcare space for front-line health care workers and first responders.

Essential workers in need of emergency child care can visit the Essential Workers Childcare page for information on eligibility, health and safety measures and locations, and to apply online.

“In support of physical distancing, only five children will be permitted in one room of any of the licensed childcare centres,” states a City release. “The safest option for families is to have children remain at home, if possible. These centres are meant for emergency use only. Spaces are limited.

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