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Mar 25, 2020

Status of child care

03/17/18 - All licensed child care centres closed - provincial state of emergency (This order does not apply to child care providers overseen by licensed agencies or unlicensed home child care). 

Status of child care for essential workers

03/25/2020 - Details of emergency child care for essential workers Support for RECEs working in child care centres, College of Early Childhood Educators, Ontario

City of Toronto: Precautions will include daily screening of children and families prior to admission, increased cleaning, and reduced group sizes. Care will be provided for infants to age 12. 

03/22/2020 – Ontario will open 50,000 free spaces 24 hours/7 days a week in existing child care centres identified by municipalities. List of eligible essential workers, ontario.ca/coronavirus
SEE:  Province opening 50,000 free, 24-hour, child care spaces for essential workers -Toronto Star article..

03/22/2020 – City of Toronto will open four Cityoperated centres for children of essential and critical service workers. The City will be taking additional measures such as daily screening of children and families, increased cleaning and reduced group sizes.

The City is establishing an online registration system for parents. These services will be free for infants to age 12, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The province’s list of essential workers will be used.

Status of funds to support services/pay staff

Applying for financial support (EI): Information for child care and early years' workers relating to COVID-19, AECEO.

Community responses

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, Statement.

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, Campaign.

Provincial responses

03/22/2020 - Province takes steps to ensure frontline staff can continue to work: Ontario to open select child care centres across the province, Government release

03/22/2020 - City of Toronto to open child care for essential and critical service workers - City of Toronto news release.

COVID-19 and child care in the news

COVID-19: Emergency daycare to open in Ontario, but not for federal workers
CBC News, 25 March 2020

COVID-19: Emergency daycare to open in Ontario, but not for federal workers
CBC News, 25 March 2020

COVID-19: Toronto planning free, 24-7 emergency child care for essential workers
The Star, 20 March 2020

COVID-19: Toronto to offer free, 24-7 childcare for essential workers after Ontario gives go-ahead
CTV News, 22 March 2020

COVID-19: Some empty daycare centres continue to charge parents amid COVID-19 closure
CTV news, 17 March 2020

COVID-19 policies create child-care crunch for essential workers
The Star, 16 March 2020

COVID-19: What about our kids? Thousands of parents, daycare operators want all sites shut down
The Toronto Star, 15 March 2020

COVID-19: Hundreds of GTA childcare centres to close amid efforts to curb panic
CP24, 14 March 2020

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