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Region to assist with emergency child care for critical service workers

Free child care will be offered to healthcare and other front-line workers who have exhausted all other options

The Region of Waterloo is planning a 24/7 temporary emergency child care program for parents who provide critical services in our community.

The program will offer free child care for health care and other frontline workers who have exhausted all other care options for their children. The Ministry of Education has issued a list of eligible workers. 

Fees will be paid by the Ministry.

The Province announced earlier this week that municipalities who oversee licensed child care in their communities would coordinate this emergency service.

Starting later next week, licensed care will open up at the Region-owned Edith MacIntosh Children’s Centre in Kitchener and Christopher Children’s Center in Cambridge. 

Licensed home child care will also be offered through the Region’s Licensed Home Child Care program and will expand to other licensed child care programs as needed. 

Care will be offered to children from birth to age 12.

All child care providers will meet health and safety and policy requirements based on guidance from the Province and Region of Waterloo Public Health. 

Critical service workers can find out if they are eligible and can apply online. The order that families are placed in care will be based on many factors, including urgency of need. 


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