Program Updates Regarding COVID-19

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 4:00pm

Monday, September 14, 2020

Family Centre Fanshawe, Family Centre Westmount, and Family Centre White Oaks have begun to offer in-person outdoor programming for children 0-6 years, in addition to continued virtual programming delivered through Facebook and Zoom.

For details about participating in programs, please visit www.lcc.on.ca/safe-return.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board have opted to implement a staggered start to the 2020/2021 school year. The school year will commence on September 14, 2020, with a staggered entry plan during the first week. Our Before and After School Programs will reopen on September 14, 2020, with enhanced health and safety procedures in place.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Our Before and After School Programs will reopen when schools reopen on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Enhanced health and safety procedures will be in place, as required by the Ministry of Education and the Middlesex-London Health Unit. We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to our programs!

Our Administrative Office at 346 Wonderland Road South can be accessed Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by appointment. To make an appointment, please connect with your LCC contact person or leave a message at 519-471-4300.

Friday, July 3, 2020

On July 6, 2020, Ashley Oaks, Bonaventure Meadows, Byron Somerset, Jack Chambers, North London, Pond Mills, and Westminster Children’s Centres will reopen.

On July 13, 2020, Cedar Hollow, Jean Vanier, Rick Hansen, and White Oaks Children’s Centres will reopen.

The Summer School Age Program will operate at nine school sites from July 6, 2020 through to August 21, 2020. Registration for this program is now closed.

The majority of Community Home Child Care Providers have reopened their programs. Please contact our office for more information.

All Family Centres will remain closed until further notice. Virtual EarlyON programming will continue.

The Administrative Office at 346 Wonderland Road South can be accessed Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by appointment, as of July 6, 2020. To make an appointment, please connect with your LCC contact person or leave a message at 519-471-4300.

Enhanced Policies, Procedures, and Processes to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

In our previous update, we noted that the Ontario government stated there would be a gradual reopening of licensed child care when the province transitioned to Stage 2 of the Framework for Reopening the Province. Yesterday, we heard from Education Minister Stephen Lecce that the reopening of licensed child care can begin as of June 12, 2020. For specific information on the government’s plan to reopen child care, the following is a link to the news release: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/06/ontario-helping-parents-return-to-work.html

At London Children’s Connection, we are preparing for the safe reopening of our licensed child care programs, however, we will not be reopening on June 12, 2020. We are working collaboratively with representatives from the municipality, public health, and the school boards, to help establish our reopening date. The health and well-being of our children, families, and staff is our top priority. When we reopen, enriched health and safety measures will be implemented in all of our settings. We will be connecting with families soon, to share information on our plans to ensure a safe and successful reopening of our child care programs.

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Ontario government announced this week that schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year. The Ministry of Education is planning for the reopening of schools for the 2020/2021 school year.

The government is also planning for the reopening of licensed child care centres, subject to the continuing progress in trends of key public health indicators. A gradual reopening of licensed child care is expected to begin when Ontario is ready to transition to Stage 2 of the Framework for Reopening the Province.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce has announced that all publicly funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020, as part of the government’s ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The State of Emergency in Ontario has been extended until May 12, 2020.

Premier Doug Ford has announced that schools will not be reopening on May 4, 2020. He also stated that this does not mean that the school year is cancelled. Education Minister Stephen Lecce will be providing more details on this announcement in the coming days. We will share this information as it becomes available.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

In case you missed it, some valuable supports and resources have recently been released from province. Please find more information below.

Support for Families

Learn about funding that families can apply for if they have children who are not in school or child care because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-families

Learn at Home

Find supplementary resources for elementary and secondary students to practice math and literacy skills and learn at home.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

Follow London Children’s Connection and our local Family Centres on Facebook for family friendly ideas to support you through this period.

London Children’s Connection (@LCCLondon)
Family Centre Fanshawe (@FamilyCentreFanshawe)
Family Centre Westmount (@FamilyCentreWestmount)
Family Centre White Oaks (@FamilyCentreWhiteOaks)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Ministry of Education has communicated that all child care centres located in schools must remain closed from March 14, 2020 through to May 1, 2020. As a result, all London Children’s Connection Children’s Centres, Family Centres, and School Age Programs will remain closed through to May 1, 2020. The administrative office at 346 Wonderland Road South will remain closed to the public through to May 1, 2020.

We will do our best to keep this page updated, so please continue to visit our website for the most current information.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Minister of Education, the Honourable Stephen Lecce, announced today that all publicly funded schools will remain closed to students until May 4, 2020. Licensed child care centres and Family Centres will remain closed until April 13, 2020, as per the Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time. As these dates come closer, Minister Lecce will be re-evaluating these decisions based on public health advice. The closures may be extended if necessary to protect the health and safety of children, families, and staff.

The LCC administrative office at 346 Wonderland Road South will remain closed to the public through to April 13, 2020. As noted above, this closure may be extended.

We will do our best to keep this page updated, so please continue to visit our website for the most current information.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Re-registration for our School Age Program for September 2020, which was scheduled to start on Monday, March 23, 2020, has been postponed. Summer registration has closed, and we will be sending confirmation letters as soon as we can.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

To assist in the efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, our administrative office at 346 Wonderland Road South will be closed to the public from March, 17, 2020 to April 5, 2020. During this time period, the office will be operating with essential staff only, however all main office staff are monitoring their email and telephone messages. Please note, re-registration for our school age program has been postponed.

Friday, March 13th, 2020

All publicly funded schools will be closed from March 14, 2020 through to April 5, 2020 inclusive. We have been notified by the school boards that all child care centres and Family Centres located in schools will also be closed. Please note that this closure includes North London Children’s Centre, Pond Mills Children’s Centre, and cancellation of our March Break School Age Programs at all sites.

Within our home child care programs, Community Home Child Care Providers have been advised to take extra precautionary measures during this time. It is at their discretion to continue to offer home based child care. Please connect with your Home Child Care Coordinator and your Provider to learn whether or not care will be offered.

During this time, our main administrative office will be open.

We have been continuing to follow the direction from the Medical Officer of Health and the local Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU), staying current regarding precautions around COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) and how best to reduce the spread of the virus.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through all matters pertaining to the risks of COVID-19.

For detailed information regarding precautionary measures you can take and updates regarding COVID-19 in our community, please visit the Middlesex-London Health Unit website: https://www.healthunit.com/news/novel-coronavirus.

The City of London has also shared additional resources to support families:

For updates regarding school closures, please visit the TVDSB and LDCSB websites.

We will do our best to keep you up to date through our website and share updates so, please frequently visit this page.