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City of Toronto: Emergency child care for essential workers

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City of Toronto
Press release
Publication Date: 
4 Jan 2021


The Province of Ontario announced elementary school students at publicly-funded schools will participate in remote learning from January 4 to January 8, 2021.

During this period:

child care programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers will operate as usual

there will be no regular child care programs for kindergarten and school-aged children operating in child care centres

home child care programs are permitted to provide child care to kindergarten and school-aged children

child care providers not operating during this period are prohibited from charging fees during this time and parents will not lose their child care space(s).

Emergency child care for kindergarten and school-aged children of eligible essential workers will be available during the provincially-mandated remote learning period of January 4 to 8, 2021. The service is free and funded by the Province of Ontario.

Emergency child care services are reserved exclusively for children of essential service workers identified in the Province’s List of Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care , who have no other alternatives. The safest option for families is to have children remain at home, if possible.

Eligible families may apply directly with any of these Provincially-approved child care providers. If you are eligible and in need of emergency child care, please contact the child care provider directly.

See here for a list of participating centres