Province taking steps to connect critical service workers with child care services

By | April 9, 2020

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Government is expanding its efforts to connect critical service workers and their families with child care services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The province said over the next several days, its staff will be working to match parents remaining on the waitlist for child care before moving to a new online system.

The province’s families minister Heather Stefanson made the announcement during a press conference at the Manitoba Legislature Thursday afternoon.

“Child-care centres and homes that are opening their doors to children and their families during this challenging time are truly heroes helping heroes,” said Stefanson.

“We continue to call on child-care facilities and early childhood educators to be part of our province-wide response to COVID-19. Together, we can ensure children can continue to learn and grow in a safe, caring environment as their parents go to work helping those most affected by COVID-19.”

According to the province, as of Thursday, more than 1,900 children of health-care and other emergency services workers have been matched with an available space.

Starting April 14, the province said all parents who work in critical services, as defined by the chief provincial public health officer, will have access to child-care spaces available in licensed facilities.

The province said parents who work in critical service will be able to head to the province’s website to see which facilities have spaces and work directly with them to secure care.

This is a developing story. More to come.

Correction:

This is a corrected story. A previous story incorrectly identified Stefanson as Health minister

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