April 13, 2021

Dear WCDSB families,

Subject: Targeted Emergency Child Care is being offered effective April 19th, 2021

On Monday, April 12, 2021, the Province announced that elementary schools will be shifting to remote learning following the spring break for an unspecified length of time. During this time, all before and after school programs will be closed.

In support of health care and other frontline workers whose children are in school, the Ministry of Education will implement the targeted Emergency Child Care (ECC) program for school-age children. This emergency child care program is available at no cost to eligible parents, starting April 19th, 2021.

To determine if you are eligible to access emergency child care, please check the  Ministry of Education’s list of eligible workers.  If all parents/guardians in the household are required to work outside of the home and one (or more) parent/guardian is on the list of eligible workers, you can begin the application process for Emergency Child Care through OneList Waterloo Region.  Families are being asked to apply to one location only.  If your child care needs cannot be accommodated at your priority location, that program will assist you with accessing care at another location.

For more information, please go to the Region’s Emergency Child Care webpage. You can also email ECC@regionofwaterloo.ca.


Barbara Cardow

Director, Children’s Services

Regional Municipality of Waterloo