|TORONTO — The Ontario Government is protecting licensed child care in Ontario during the COVID-19 outbreak by ensuring parents retain access to local licensed child care, as well as EarlyON Child and Family Centres. The government unveiled a plan that, together with federal and municipal partnerships, provides supports to licensed child care providers to ensure they remain sustainable and ready to open when parents return to work.
“We are taking action to protect local child care spaces for parents as they return to work,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “Our plan is focused on two objectives. The first was focused on saving parents money by prohibiting child care providers from charging families during the closure period. The second objective was focused on protecting child care spaces across our province, so families can re-enter the workforce with confidence that local centres will be accessible and safe.”
The plan is focused on protecting child care spaces for parents with a time-limited approach that includes:
The government’s plan harnesses the full support of all levels of government and ensures the sector and the child care spaces families depend on remain available in urban and rural communities across Ontario.