Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers
The Province announced on June 9 that child care programs will be permitted to re-open as of Friday June 12, provided all enhanced health and safety measures are in place. The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) is working in collaboration with licensed child care providers, the health unit and local school boards to develop a plan to reopen child care spaces closed due to Covid-19.
Emergency Child Care spaces for the children of essential workers have been made available during the closure period and these spaces will remain in place until June 26. Following this period, families served through emergency child care services will resume their original child care placements.
Under the Ministry’s new plan, a maximum of 10 individuals will be allowed in one classroom. This will considerably limit the number of licensed child care spaces that will be available across the District. DNSSAB, in collaboration with the licensed child care sector, is working on establishing a consistent approach to prioritizing families and providing access to licensed child care spaces throughout the District. Every attempt will be made to accommodate as many families as possible throughout this stage.
Families who have not been in contact with their service provider are encouraged to contact them for additional information.