The City of Kingston has worked with licensed childcare providers to offer emergency childcare to eligible workers identified as essential on the list of essential workplaces issued by the Province of Ontario. This care, for children up to 12 years of age, is being offered at no cost to eligible families and is funded by the Province.
Among those included on the list are health care workers, police officers, firefighters and those working in correctional facilities.
If you are an essential worker in need of emergency child care, you can visit the City of Kingston’s Essential Workers Childcare page for details on eligibility, health and safety measures and locations, and to apply online.
In support of physical distancing, only five children will be permitted in one room of any of the licensed childcare centres. The safest option for families is to have children remain at home, if possible. These centres are meant for emergency use only, and spaces are limited.
The City says that if the level of demand exceeds the its ability to provide care, the it will have to prioritize childcare space for front-line health care workers and first responders.
At this time, there are three participating childcare locations:
Bayridge Drive Child Care Centre – 1035 Bayridge Dr.
Offering care for children infant – 5 years of age. This site will be operational the week of April 13.
Boys and Girls Club of Kingston – 559 Bagot St.
Offering care for children 4 – 12 years of age. This site will be operational the week of April 6.
La Maison Montessori Kingston – 1134 Johnson St.
Offering care for children 2.5 – 12 years of age. Offering a bilingual program, this site will be operational the week of April 13.