Emergency child care during provincewide shutdown

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Peterborough, ON - Emergency child care services for provincially-identified essential workers during the provincewide shutdown is being expanded with additional capacity starting next week.

Emergency child care services for children 3.8 years to 12 years old (junior kindergarten, senior kindergarten and school aged children) is available for provincially-identified essential service workers in the City and County of Peterborough until January 25, 2021 during the provincewide shutdown.

The emergency child care service is provided at no cost to eligible families of identified essential service workers under the provincial program that is administered by the City of Peterborough.

To be eligible, families must have no other option for child care and be working outside of their home. Families can indicate they are an essential worker and register for emergency child care at https://onehsn.com/peterborough. Registration and communications will be managed by the chosen emergency child care agency. Final approvals will be completed by City of Peterborough staff. Registrations for new Emergency Child Care spaces will open on Friday, January 8.

With the exception of the emergency child care agencies, all other operators of before and after school programs are required to close from January 4 to 23, 2021 and are prohibited from charging fees or otherwise penalizing parents during this time period (e.g., parents must not lose their respective child care spaces).

EarlyON Child and Family Centres must close to the public beginning December 26, 2020 until January 23, 2021. This means that neither indoor nor outdoor programming can be offered during the shutdown. EarlyON Centres are being encouraged continue to offer virtual programming until during this time.

Families that currently receive a child care fee subsidy may contact their case manager through email or phone if needed.

The Premier of Ontario announced a province wide shutdown beginning December 26 for 28 days. All elementary schools, publicly-funded and private, are closed for in-person learning. On January 7, the Premier announced that students enrolled in publicly-funded schools will continue with virtual learning until January 25.

Licensed centre based and home child care can remain open for the duration of the shutdown. At this time most licensed child care centres in the City and County of Peterborough are open and providing regular full day services for children aged 0 – 3.8 years.

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For additional information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-77777 ext. 1636