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Mar 25, 2020

Status of child care

03/17/2020 - All licensed child care services in Manitoba will be closed as of March 20, 2020.

This does not include family or home child care programs -- they are to remain open.

Status of child care for essential workers

03/25/2020 - Emergency child care services in licensed child care centres can  care for a maximum number of 16 children.

03/20/2020 - $27.6 million to help provide child care to essential front-line workers who need it to support the province’s COVID-19 response

Parents who are essential workers - call 204-945-0776 or 1-888-213-4754 (toll free) or email cdcinfo@gov.mb.ca

Status of funds to support services/pay staff

The Manitoba government will:

  • establish new $18-million grant to help ECEs affected by the suspension of child care services in centres to have access to immediate funds to begin independently offering child care services at their homes or in the community;
  • continue to provide up to $7.6 million to licensed child care centres with their full operating grants and subsidies to care for up to 16 children, priority to children of health-care and other essential workers;
  • $2 million trust for capital grants to child care providers to ensure safe, quality care; and
  • encourage all centres to reimburse prepaid fees to parents for child care they can no longer access

Community responses

Manitoba Child Care Association statement 

CUPE Manitoba

Provincial responses

Manitoba implementing $27.6-million plan to support child care for essential workers, Government news release.

COVID-19 and child care in the news

COVID-19: 77 Manitoba daycares open, but mixed messages lead to ‘chaos, confusion’: providers
Global News, 24 March 2020

COVID-19: 77 Manitoba daycares open, but mixed messages lead to ‘chaos, confusion’: providers

Global News, 24 March 2020

COVID-19: Manitoba health-care workers want action on child-care promise
CBCB News, 19 March 2020

COVID-19: Compassion required in child-care crunch
Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 2020

COVID-19: Manitoba government working on plan for childcare during pandemic
Global News, 17 March 2020

COVID-19: Daycares, preschools to close after Friday in response to coronavirus, Manitoba premier says
CBC News, 17 March 2020

COVID-19: Manitoba daycare workers ‘treated like garbage’ say early childhood educators
Global News, 15 March 2020

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