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BC launches new child care process

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 2:38 PDT, Tue March 31, 2020

The province has launched a new process that will provide child care to parents who are essential service workers.

Parents who work on the front lines of BC’s COVID-19 response and have children up to five years of age can fill out a new “parent” form available today.

This form can be accessed by calling 1-888-338-6622 and selecting Option 4, or online at www.gov.bc.ca/essential-service-child-care.

Child Care Resource Referral centres in 38 communities will act as hubs. In each community, essential service workers who fill out the form will be contacted and connected with available licensed child care spaces.

Applicants will be asked what category of essential worker they are, how old their child is, and in what community they need child care.

Child care spaces will be prioritized for children whose parents work in public health and health services, social services, law enforcement, first responders and emergency response sectors. Additional spaces will be provided to other parents defined as essential service workers.

Available spaces and hours of operation will vary by facility. Child care centres that are open must follow guidelines on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They will be supported by temporary emergency funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

All children and staff who have a fever or other cold, influenza or respiratory symptoms of any kind must stay home.

To learn more, visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/

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