January 13th, 2021

Dear parents/guardians and members of our community:

The Macaulay Child Development Centre is committed to the health, safety and well-being of the families we serve, as well as our staff, providers, volunteers and our greater community. As the Province continues to tackle the spread of Covid-19, the Premier of Ontario has declared a State of Emergency effective immediately that will remain in effect for 28 days. In addition, a stay at home order has been issued across the Province effective January 14, 2021. In light of these lockdown measures, we wanted to take this opportunity to connect with you and keep you updated on how we are supporting our community throughout this time.

Update on Service Delivery

Licensed Child Care
The closure of elementary schools for in-person learning has been extended until February 10, 2021 and all publicly funded elementary schools in Ontario will continue with virtual/remote learning models. During this closure period, Macaulay programs will operate as follows:

  • All full time Macaulay programs for children 0 to 4 years (infants, toddlers and preschoolers) will continue as normal. This includes full time childcare programs located in schools.
  • All Macaulay child care centre based Before and After kindergarten and school age programs will be closed from January 4-February 10th, 2021, as directed by the Province.
  • Home child care providers will continue to operate during the school closure.

Emergency Child Care
Macaulay Licensed Child Care Programs have been approved by the City of Toronto Children’s Services and the Ontario Ministry of Education to offer emergency child care for kindergarten and school-age children of essential workers. This includes all Macaulay child care centres located in schools, as well as our Home Child Care program. For more information and to register for emergency care, please see our FAQ.

Community Programs
All Macaulay community programs and services have transitioned to a virtual platform. Programs and essential supports continue to be delivered through the use of video and tele-practice, web and social media platforms. At this time, Macaulay’s physical programs and services locations (excluding child care) remain closed. Please visit our website regularly and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to access additional resources and information.

For more than 80 years, we have been committed to helping children succeed. Now more than ever, this remains true. While our offices and program centres remain closed, we are still here, working remotely and will continue to communicate with you to share important information and deliver critical support to our community.

We encourage everyone to help limit the spread of the virus by following health and safety protocols and staying home unless for essential reasons. For more information, please visit www.toronto.ca

Stay safe,

Sincerely,

Trevor McAlmont
Executive Director
Macaulay Child Development Centre

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