Emergency Child Care

Media Release

December 31, 2020


Emergency Child Care January 4-8, 2020

On Monday, December 21, the Premier of Ontario announced a provincewide shutdown beginning December 26, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. The province also announced Safer at Home Programs to provide relief and support to Ontario families. One of the public health measures now in place has all elementary schools, publicly funded and private, closing for in-person learning. Students enrolled in publicly funded schools will move to virtual learning for the week of January 4 to January 8, 2021.

Child care will remain open for the duration of these time-limited public health actions. This includes child care offered in licensed child care centres and in home-based settings. All before and after school programs must close from January 4 to January 8. These programs may resume operation when elementary schools return to in-person learning on January 11, 2021.

To support the parents of school-aged children who may not be able to support their child’s learning/care at home, the Ministry of Education will be implementing a targeted emergency child care program for school-aged children, at no cost to eligible parents, from January 4-8, 2021.

For more information on emergency child care locations, a list of eligible workers, and further information on how the provincewide lockdown impacts childcare please visit the Chatham-Kent municipal website.


For more information:

Kelly Emery, Director of Child Care and Early Years
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Community and Human Services
435 Grand Avenue West
Telephone: 519-351-1228 ext. 2130
Toll free: 1-866-542-5994