Emergency child care for eligible workers to be offered in St. Marys starting June 8

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On March 22, the Province of Ontario made provisions for certain child care centres to remain open to support health care and other frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spaces are allocated in order of application and are only available to those on the list of workers eligible for emergency child care who have exhausted all other possibilities for child care. The list of eligible workers is available on the Province of Ontario’s website at https://www.ontario.ca/page/child-care-health-care-and-frontline-staff

The Town of St. Marys has received approval from Huron Perth Public Health and the Ministry of Education to provide emergency child care. The service will be offered at the St. Marys Child Care Centre beginning June 8, 2020.

The Anne Hathaway Daycare Centre and the YMCA Early Learning and Development Centre in Stratford, and the North Perth – Spinrite Child and Family Centre in Listowel are currently accepting children of eligible workers in those communities.

Applications and registration for the emergency child care in St. Marys are now available. All registrations will begin with screening for eligibility by calling City of Stratford Early Years Coordinator Darren Barkhouse at 519-271-3773 extension 404. Eligible families will then be contacted by the Town of St. Marys to complete the registration process. Emergency child care at the St. Marys Child Care Centre will be provided entirely by Town of St. Marys staff.

Any questions and concerns can be directed to Jeff Wilson, the City of Stratford’s Manager of Children’s Services at jwilson@stratford.ca or by calling 519-271-3773 ext. 243.



Kim McElroy, Director of Social Services | City of Stratford
519-271-3773 ext. 252 | kmcelroy@stratford.ca