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Here at PHC, your families matter to us. We are pleased to announce that in partnership with VCH, Temporary Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers is now available for children age 0-12 of PHC essential service workers, who have no other care options during this time. There are referral systems set up across the PHC region that will connect essential workers with providers of licensed childcare services that are open, safe, and available during this public health crisis. Also, there is a system in place for those who have children grades K-6 with local public and independent schools.

How to Access Temporary Emergency Childcare Services for Essential Workers 

Temporary Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers is available for children age 0-12 of essential service workers, including PHC staff, who have no other care options. Essential workers include staff who are essential to delivering patient care and life-saving services.

Who does it apply to?

The Temporary Emergency Child Care is for essential workers (including health care staff) who do not have any other appropriate alternative care options. As per the director of Provincial Health Officer, Bonnie Henry, we encourage any family who can arrange for care at home to please do so. We encourage managers and staff to explore flexible work arrangements that would make this possible.

Who manages the intake and matching process?

Intake and matching for children age 0-12 is being done by Child Care Resource & Referral Centres (CCRRs). CCRRs are long-standing community-based organizations, funded by MCFD to connect families to licensed child care. There is one CCRR in each of Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sea to Sky and Sunshine Coast, and they are all-hands-on-deck to support and coordinate these efforts. (CCRR description)

What is the process to apply?

For those with children aged 0-5 (Pre K):  You have the following options:

  1. Contact child care providers that operate on school grounds to see if they have capacity, or call their local Childcare Resource and Referral (CCRR) Centre and they will work to match front-line health care workers with a child care provider that have available space.
  2. We have referral systems set up across the PHC region that will connect essential workers with providers of licensed childcare services that are open, safe, and available during this public health crisis.  Please complete one of the corresponding forms below.

For those of you with school-aged children (K-6): You have the following options:

  1. Contact your school principals (public and independent) as soon as possible to determine how best to meet the need for urgent child care beginning the week of March 30th. Principals will be available over the weekend for this purpose.  Districts and independent schools are continuing to formulate their plans for the children of essential service workers and will be reaching out to parents in the coming weeks to provide more information on how these arrangements will work in each community.
  2. We have referral systems set up across the PHC region that will connect essential workers with providers of licensed childcare services that are open, safe, and available during this public health crisis.  Please complete one of the corresponding forms below.

Submission forms

Vancouver

If you would like to access care in Vancouver, submit the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (WCCRC) online request form.

Parents or guardians will then receive an email from WCCRC with a list of operators to contact.

Outside Vancouver

If you would like to access care in one of the regions below, please fill out this form and submit via email to the appropriate contact person below:

North shore CCRR

Richmond CCRR

Sea to Sky CCRR

Sunshine Coast CCRR

Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody – YMCA CCRR

Burnaby, New Westminster – YMCA CCRR

Information about childcare services (Only applicable to those licensed childcare services - not in the school system):

Childcare will be provided in appropriately licensed childcare facilities for ages 0-3, 3-school age, school age-12.

Program Capacity: The number of spaces made available for emergency childcare will be at the discretion of each operator, within their licensed capacity and under health protocols.

Hours of operation: Hours of operation vary by operator. Many are open Monday to Friday, approximately 7:30am – 6:00pm. Some may offer extended and weekend hours.  

Fees: Fees are tto be paid to the operator directly, at a rate defined by the operator.  

Duration: The Temporary Emergency Childcare for Essential Workers initiative will be in place as long as the Public Health Officer is advising that all parents who can, should care for their children at home, and that childcare services can and must be provided in a safe manner for those families whose parents work in critical roles.  

Health & Safety: Childcare operators have been adjusting the way they operate in response to COVID-19 and will continue to do so with the guidance of the Public Health Officer and support from the licensing team at Vancouver Coastal Health

Financial support: If people need financial support for childcare the CCRR can provide information about accessing the Affordable Child Care Benefit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/caring-for-young-children/child-care-funding/child-care-benefit?bcgovtm=20191025_MCFD_AM_CHILD_2__ADW_BCGOV_EN_BC__TEXT

Nursing and medical students can also help with basic child and pet care, grocery shopping and general errands. Click here to read more.

Mentorship & tutoring support:

A group of UBC students, including the daughter of Providence cardiologist Dr. Brett Heilbron, has launched a free mentorship program for children of health care workers. Kassandra Heilbron and her colleagues wanted to help express their gratitude to all of those on the frontlines during this crisis so they launched Mentoring the Stars. They have felt the impact of transitioning to online learning themselves, and wanted to help younger students.

All the mentors/tutors are university students who are volunteering their time for the project. Mentors are matched with an appropriate mentee, depending on the needs of the student. The mentor will create a customized lesson plan for each student, with training and guidance from Kassandra and her colleagues. They have found most younger students need help understanding basic concepts, while older students need help understanding concepts and reviewing their assignments.

Kassandra says they are actively recruiting additional mentors and mentees to join their community. Please see the flyers for additional information. You can sign your child up for a mentor HERE. University students interested in volunteering as mentors, click HERE. You can email Kassandra and her team at mentoringthestars@gmail.com

Check out the mentorship flyers below for more information:

This page last updated May 28, 2020 2:27pm PDT