The B.C. government is encouraging all child care facilities that remain open to:
- prioritize any available spaces for children of essential service workers.
- specifically prioritize placements for children whose parents work in direct-to-public health services, for example, those delivering patient care in hospitals and emergency response.
If there are urgent situations where frontline health care workers require care for their children, the B.C. government is asking them to take the following steps based on the age of their children:
- School-aged children (K-6): 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.
- Children aged 0-5 (Pre K): FIll out a new parent form to identify your need for urgent child care or call 1-888-338-6622 and select Option 4.
- Vancouver School Board only: For families in Vancouver, the Vancouver School Board has announced that all child care spots from Pre K to grade 6 for essential service workers in Vancouver are being coordinated by Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (WCCRC).
School districts and independent school authorities are working on longer-term plans to provide child care and supports for school-aged children of essential service workers, with a priority focus on health and health services, social services, law enforcement, first responders, and emergency response.