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Supports for Families with Young Children

Emergency Child Care

Health care and other front-line workers

Emergency child care services are reserved exclusively for children from birth to age 12 of eligible health care and front-line workers, as identified by the Government of Ontario, who have no other alternatives.

The safest option for any family is to have children remain at home, if at all possible.

Spaces are limited in order to protect the health and well-being of children, families and child care professionals. While the child care provider will do their best to provide a safe environment for your child(ren), it is important that parents and guardians understand there are risks associated with placing your child(ren) in child care.

Emergency child care services are provided at no cost to families and are funded by the Province of Ontario.

Who can apply

Emergency child care is intended for eligible workers who currently have no other child care options.

Only workers identified in the provincial list of workers eligible for emergency child care can use emergency child care services.

Due to the number of spaces, York Region will commit to child care spaces for eligible families on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the level of demand exceeds capacity, York Region will prioritize child care space for front-line health care workers (including York Region Public Health and Long-Term Care workers) and first responders.

How to apply

If you are eligible, please apply for emergency child care using the online application form:

After submitting your online application, you will need to provide proof of eligible health care and front-line worker status.

As part of the intake process, a York Region children’s services representative will contact you to:

  1. Confirm eligibility and proof of eligible health care and front-line worker status, including that there is no alternative care available
  2. Discuss child care needs such as the number of children requiring child care, their ages and any special needs
  3. Outline next steps in identifying a child care centre for your child(ren)

Locations of emergency child care centres in York Region

There is no way to guarantee COVID-19 or other respiratory infections can be avoided.

All child care centres are required to follow existing health and safety requirements and have a plan in place should any children, parents or staff be exposed to COVID-19.

Centres do not offer child care 24-hours a day, however, most centres offer extended hours.

Child care centres are located close to the three regional hospitals in York Region: Markham Stouffville Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre and Mackenzie Health. Child care centres are as follows:

Address Postal Code
Within Distance km


Parents are advised not to contact child care centres directly regarding emergency care. Access to emergency child care centres is managed by York Region. You must apply online for emergency child care services on York Region’s online application form.

Resources for Parents and Guardians

During this time of physical distancing and self-isolation, promoting good mental health can be a challenge.

Parents with young children from birth to age six can speak with an early years professional over the telephone about suggestions and strategies such as:

  • Tips for creating routines for mealtime, bedtime, independent play and more
  • Helping you to support the growth and development of your child
  • Using play activities to support your child’s learning
  • Completing forms or referrals for other community services
  • Responding to challenging behaviours
  • Learning about other resources to support families with young children

Parents who would like to connect with a York Region EarlyON Community Program Coordinator can send an email to This support is provided through York Region Early Intervention Services and agencies providing EarlyON child and family programs and services in York Region.

Expectant and new parents can also access a registered nurse via online chat or by telephone at 1-800-361-5653 Monday to Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

View additional resources in the External Links below to help families talk with their children about COVID-19 and offer wellness tips and strategies.

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