County announces emergency child care program

WELLINGTON COUNTY – In response to the closure of local schools, Wellington County is offering a targeted emergency child care program for school-aged children.

The program was announced by the county on April 7, the same day schools in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health region moved to online-only learning.

“We have implemented this programme in consultation with the Ministry of Education and with the support of the County of Wellington and the City of Guelph,” said Luisa Artuso, Director of Children’s Early Years Division.

“We understand that child care is essential to ensure workers are available to support essential services in our communities.”

Aimed at parents who are essential workers, the program is funded by Wellington County and Guelph so there is no cost to families.

To register for the Guelph-Wellington Emergency Child Care program families must:

  • reside or work in the County of Wellington or the City of Guelph;
  • be actively working in a job identified on the list of eligible workers;
  • need child care for at least two full days each week;
  • need child care immediately; and
  • receive eligibility approval by the Children’s Early Years Division, County of Wellington.

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