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Ottawa daycare centres close to school-aged children, at-home centres remain open

The measures are expected to stay in place as long as schools are closed to in-person learning in Ontario.

Licensed daycare centres that provide before and after-school programs in Ottawa for school-aged children will be unable to operate once classes switch to virtual learning on Monday, April 18.

The city's General Manager of Community and Social Services Donna Grey said in a memo, Wednesday, April 14, that daycare centre programs which charge a fee cannot offer their services during this latest provincial shutdown of schools.

However, the Ministry of Education says school-aged children may continue attending licensed at-home daycares.

Care for those between the ages of zero and four can remain open at centres and at home facilities during these latest public health actions. 

For parents who are unable to support their child's learning or care from home during the shutdown, the Ministry of Education is creating an emergency child-care (ECC) program for school-aged children, at no cost to parents.

The City of Ottawa is working with its local public health unit, not-for-profit child-care service providers, and school boards to figure out how to implement the emergency child care program in the capital.

Eligible parents are encouraged to contact their existing daycare service provider or school if emergency child care is needed.

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