News Release: April 2, 2020
Region of Peel opens emergency child care centres to support health care and frontline workers
Brampton, ON (April 2, 2020) – In collaboration with the Ontario government, the Region of Peel is partnering with licensed child care providers to deliver free emergency child care to health care and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Located close to Peel hospitals, emergency child care is being offered at licensed centres across Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon. Some of these centres will offer child care 24 hours a day, seven days a week to eligible parents with children age 12 and under.
Eligibility criteria can be found on the Province’s Child care health and frontline staff page. As of April 6, 2020, a list of available child care centres in Peel will also be posted on the Province’s website. Due to limited spaces, in this initial phase, the Region is prioritizing front-line health care workers and first responders. The Region of Peel will continue to work with licensed child care providers to expand the delivery of free emergency child care based on demand.
“In partnership with the Province, we are proud to support our residents who are working on the front-line of this pandemic so that they can continue to provide essential care and support to those who need it most,” says Olivia Nunes, Acting Director, Early Years and Child Care Services at the Region of Peel. “In order to meet the demand from our residents, we are in the process of opening additional emergency child care sites in Peel. We will continue to assess and expand this service where possible.”
The Region has established an online application for eligible families to request emergency child care. These applications will be reviewed by Regional staff and applicants will receive a response within 72 hours.
Peel Public Health is directing safety and screening processes in emergency licensed child care centres to help limit the spread COVID-19. Enhanced measures will aim to protect the health and safety of children, parents and staff. For more information about emergency child care services in Peel, please visit peelregion.ca/coronavirus/childcare/.
Region of Peel
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.