ECE has provided ongoing support to licensed early learning and child care programs during the COVID-19 public health emergency to help programs remain open or re-open at the earliest possible opportunity.
Effective April 24, 2020, ECE identified $5.106 million to immediately create four temporary child care initiatives to support parents providing essential services during the COVID-19 public health emergency and lessen the financial impacts on licensed family day homes and centre-based child care programs.
As part of the initial response to COVID-19, in a time of uncertainty when the territory was in what is now referred to as containment Emerging Wisely, ECE identified immediate funding requirements. Four temporary initiatives were established for April to June 2020 with a budget of $5.1 million. The funding streams included a 33% parent subsidy; a wage top-up for child care staff; funding for enhanced cleaning and disinfecting; and a subsidy to offset fixed costs to programs.