Essential workers make quick use of emergency childcare spots

In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club and the Kingston YMCA, the City of Kingston filled 85 emergency childcare spots for children of essential workers within a week.

According to a release from the City of Kingston, dated Friday, Jan, 8, 2021, the 85 spots were filled for a Jan. 4 start during the week following Christmas. “Effective collaboration between community partners, the City and the Province has provided these essential services for our front-line workers,” says Ruth Noordegraaf, Director, Housing & Social Services. “While our partners organized sites to offer care during school closures, our City team managed to get the program online and promoted to the community.”

The Kingston Military Family Resource Centre has also offered this service for military families, creating a combined total of 158 available emergency spaces, according to the release. 

The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, Kingston YMCA, and Kingston Military Family Resource Centre will continue to provide this service to families and are able to create more spaces depending on the number of applications, the City said in the release.

Are you an essential worker in need of childcare? Details and application forms can be found at

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