Media Release: Emergency Child Care is Coming to Elgin County

Media Release
May 20, 2020

Emergency Child Care is Coming to Elgin County

ST. THOMAS, ON — The City of St. Thomas-Elgin (the System Service Manager of Child Care and Early Years for the City of St. Thomas and Elgin County) has partnered with Licensed Child Care Providers to support essential service workers with free emergency child care during the pandemic as outlined in the directive from the Government of Ontario.

In consultation with the Southwestern Public Health Unit Medical Officer of Health, the YWCA has been selected to offer care for school age children, and The Early Learning Center Dalewood has been selected to offer care for toddler, preschool and school age care.

Parents/guardians who are eligible for care based on the Province of Ontario List of Eligible for
Emergency Child Care can submit an application for a child care space by:

  • Downloading the application found on the City of St. Thomas Website and then emailing it to
  • Calling 519-631-9650 ext. 7133 and speak with the Child Care Assessment Coordinator who will complete the application over the phone
Applicants will be required to submit verification of their employment.

Emergency child care will be prioritized for front-line health care workers and emergency first


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