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Mar 25, 2020

Status of child care

03/20/2020 - Childcare centres that are not located in schools are able to continue operation at this time. 

03/15/2020 - All schools and attached child care centres to be closed as of March 20th, 2020.

Status of child care for essential workers

The Government of Saskatchewan is re-purposing child care facilities in schools to provide child care services to support staff in health care and other employees who are delivering services related to the pandemic response, beginning Monday, March 23.

List of included workers.

Status of funds to support services/pay staff

03/25/2020 - Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said the government has been working with childcare providers in schools to provide this essential service.
Minister Wyant further explained the province will provide 50 per cent of the operating costs of the centres from the provincial Early Childhood grant funding, with the remainder being paid by the parent.
SEE:  Coronavirus: Childcare options for essential workers in Saskatchewan

Child care centres not located in schools are able to continue to operate as normal, and government funding will continue to be provided.

Funding from the government to any operating child care centres will continue, they are committed to minimizing financial impact.

Community responses

Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association 

Provincial responses

Child care options for health workers and other pandemic response worker. Government statement.

COVID-19 and child care in the news

COVID-19: Childcare options for essential workers in Saskatchewan. Global News, 20 March 2020

COVID-19: Sask, NDP calls for blanket child care closures, support for parents amid COVID-19 pandemic
CTV News, 19 March 2020

COVID-19: Licensed daycares in Saskatchewan still open amid novel coronavirus pandemic
Global News, 17 March 2020

COVID-19: Saskatchewan: Province announces class suspensions effective March 20, wind down period until Thursday
Government of Saskatchewan, 16 March 2020

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