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Emergency school-age child care program for front line families starting Jan. 10

Emergency school age care will be made available to school age children of health care and other eligible front line workers starting Jan. 10 in Guelph and the county
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County of Wellington administration offices. Kenneth Armstrong/GuelphToday

COUNTY OF WELLINGTON - The County of Wellington is working with licensed childcare workers in Guelph and Wellington County to offer emergency school-age child care program for children of health care and other eligible front line workers at no cost. 

Beginning Jan. 4, all schools pivoted to remote learning until Jan. 17 as part of the Ontario government's response to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant. All licensed before and after school care, school board operated and authorized recreation and skill
building programmes will also be closed during this time period.

The province will move to a modified version of step two of its road map to reopen plan, which includes the closure of gyms, indoor dining, museums, and the reduction of social gathering limits to five people indoors and ten people outdoors. 

The Ministry of Education has announced that emergency child care will be made available to school age children, ages 4-12, of health care and other eligible front line workers at no cost to families.

Following this announcement from the ministry and the provincial government, emergency school age care will be made available to school age children of health care and other eligible front line workers starting Jan. 10, which will be funded by the province. 

To register for Guelph-Wellington Emergency Child Care families must:

  • Reside or work in the County of Wellington or the City of Guelph 
  • Be actively working in a job identified on the list of eligible workers
  • Need child care for at least 3 full days each week
  • Need child care immediately
  • Receive eligibility approval by the Children’s Early Years Division, County of Wellington
  • If your family is a two-parent/guardian household, at least one parent/guardian living in the home must be on the List of Individuals Eligible for Emergency Child Care but both must be actively working

 


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Angelica Babiera is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering Wellington County. The LJI is funded by the Government of Canada
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