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Supports for Families with Young Children

Re-opening Child Care

Following the Government of Ontario’s announcement on June 9, 2020, licensed child care centres and home care providers across Ontario are able to re-open as of June 12, 2020, with limited capacity and strict safety and operational requirements. Opening dates will vary.

Licensed child care (centre-based and Home-based Child Care)

Licensed child care centres and home child care providers across Ontario can operate with strict safety and operational requirements in place.

Beginning on July 27, 2020, child care centres will be permitted to operate with cohorts of 15 children, which is an increase from the current cohort capacity of 10. This change will allow parents to return to work, and bring the child care sector to approximately 90% of its operating capacity before the COVID-19 outbreak.

Complete this self-assessment daily before sending your child to day camp, child care or school settings.

Please visit the following pages to learn about:


Telephone Support for Parents with Children up to Age Six

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 EarlyON@york.ca. 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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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