January 8, 2021
Thanks to established partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club and the Kingston YMCA, the City of Kingston was able to quickly organize, offer and fill emergency childcare spots for 85 children of essential workers within a week.
“Effective collaboration between community partners, the City and the Province has provided these essential services for our front-line workers,” says Ruth Noordegraaf, Director, Housing & Social Services. While our partners organized sites to offer care during school closures, our City team managed to get the program online and promoted to the community.” The 85 spots were filled for Jan. 4 the week following Christmas.
The Kingston Military Family Resource Centre has also offered to provide this service for military families creating a combined total of 158 available emergency spaces.
Are you an essential worker in need of childcare? Find details and the application form on the emergency childcare page.
The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, Kingston YMCA, and Kingston Military Family Resource Centre will continue to provide this much needed service to families and are able to create more spaces depending on number of applications.
Together, this community emergency childcare team worked over the last week of 2020 to establish the targeted emergency childcare spots and extensively promote them, through employers, online and social media, so that they could be immediately available to essential workers during lockdown school closures.