UPDATE: June 1, 2020 

At our townhall meeting I said I’d wait for mid July to decide on overnight retreat. I truly held onto a shred of hope that since we only take up a small number of campers and since we aren’t really an overnight camp, we’d find some creative way to make it happen in some shape or form. We toyed with the idea of a shorter trip, less kids, lots of restrictions. We spoke to family camps that opened and then it hit us.

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UPDATE: June 8, 2020 

Ever since our announcement last week about Summer Camp opening, our parents have been faced with making difficult decisions. Misinformation and click-bait articles on social media made deciding even harder for them. We reached out to Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Pediatrician-In-Chief at SickKids hospital to share our plans with him and ask for his professional opinion. Being the incredible and caring medical professional that he is, he wrote a full letter of support!

Ultimately, every family will need to weigh their decision with the individual circumstance and ask for their own specific medical advice and but in his words- ” In general, we would like to see even the fragile/complex/suppressed children have the opportunity to participate.” Dr. Jeremy Friedman.

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UPDATE: June 8, 2020 

SAVE THE DATE!!! A pandemic couldn’t keep our long time Ride for KCC riders away! While we weren’t sure if we would have to miss a year of our annual ride, our committee got creative to ensure our riders could still pedal even in a pandemic! We just couldn’t imagine a summer without riding for our kids.

Save the date for a COVID friendly ride on August 30, 2020.
Stay tuned for more details.

Register now RideforKCC.com

UPDATE: June 5, 2020 

We are so excited to announce that Camp 18 will be OPEN for July and August.

As with our current support programs, we will not shy away from undertaking the extreme measures necessary to open day camp safely. Our families need us and we have pledged to show up for them in any way possible. Summer camp will look different, but we will certainly still feel that magic in the air. Let’s do this!

As we plan for multiple scenarios we are mindful that ultimately public health will guide our decisions. We are using the time now to research and ask questions so that we can be better positioned to bring our students in as soon as it is safe to do so.

UPDATE: June 5, 2020 

Kayla’s Children Centre is proud to announce that our Therapy Clinic will have a phased re-opening starting on Monday, June 8, 2020.

As with our current support programs, we will not shy away from undertaking the extreme measures necessary to open our clinic safely. Our families need us and we have pledged to show up for them in any way possible. We will be following safety measures as outlined by the Ontario Collages as well as the Ontario Ministry of Health and have consulted with healthcare professionals to be able to re-open our doors. Our phased re-opening will start with our Physiotherapy Clinic.

As we plan for multiple scenarios we are mindful that ultimately public health will guide our decisions. We are using the time now to research and ask questions so that we can be better positioned to bring our students in as soon as it is safe to do so.

UPDATE: May 27, 2020

KCC is resolute in its commitment to the health and safety of our staff and the welfare of our children and families.

Although we are currently closed for in-person services at our centre, we are in constant dialogue with health care officials and are advocating for our respite and camp programs to open as soon as it is safe to do so.

We recognize the unique challenge the stay-at-home measures have on our families and we are taking steps to ensure that as soon as our doors are allowed to be open, they will be.

UPDATE: May 5, 2020

The Ride for KCC Team remains optimistic and continues to plan for the time when we are able to reunite the community in support of KCC’s children who need us now more than ever.

With the utmost care and thoughtful consideration, the Team is working towards the possibility of moving the 2020 Ride from its original date of Sunday, June 14 to a suitable date in August.

As KCC continue’s to monitor the situation, we anticipate being able to share final decisions in the coming weeks. If you are in the position, please consider donating, registering or helping us recruit riders in anticipation of an event that will likely look different than in previous years, but will nonetheless raise critical funds at at time when they are needed most.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

UPDATE: March 25, 2020

Based on recommended best practices in containing community spread, along with the recently imposed measures from all levels of government, KCC has made the difficult but necessary decision to CANCEL this year’s annual golf tournament that was to take place on Tuesday, May 19.

At this time, KCC’s other annual events – Ride for KCC Moveathon and Family Colour Run (June 14), KCC Muskoka Pro-Am (Aug 16 & 17) and Gala Dinner (November) – are being evaluated.

The decision to cancel was not made lightly. As a non-profit, KCC relies on community support for funds that help ensure we can continue to deliver vital programs and services to infants, children and teens with physical and developmental disabilities. Their families consider us a lifeline.

As we continue to monitor the situation, we will provide further information and updates and will take appropriate action on advice from Public Health and government to limit, postpone or cancel programs, services and events as necessary or directed.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

UPDATE: March 23, 2020

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Kayla’s Children Centre’s top priorities remain the safety and well-being of our students, families, staff, tenants and donors. We continue to evaluate our operations according to the most up-to-date advice from the Ministry of Health, Public Health and community partners.

At this time, the main office at 36 Atkinson Avenue is closed as we practice the recommended social distancing. Our office staff will continue to be available remotely, as they work from home. The main phone line is being monitored however the best way to reach the office is via email atoffice@kaylaschildrencentre.org

The uncertainty of the present crisis means we are needed more than ever to help ensure the health and well-being of our children. KCC has been deemed an essential service.

Our team of educators, therapists and support staff mobilized in an unprecedented manner to prevent disruption in education and therapy, which would have dire consequences in many cases.

KCC continues to support families through daily online learning and telehealth therapy, as well as limited home visitation and one-to-one support for a handful of children deemed to be most at risk.

March 16, 2020

As an organization dedicated to serving children with disabilities, Kayla’s Children Centre strives to support our families in every possible way. In consultation with Public Health and with ongoing support from UJA, we have implemented several measures to protect the health and safety of our staff, students and tenants, and most importantly, to appropriately balance mandated precautions with the real-time risks our families face having a prolonged period caring for their children alone, 24/7, without support.

As of March 16, 2020, school and recreation programs are cancelled until further notice, however, KCC’s building and Main Office remains open. The amount and type of cleaning throughout the building and sanitization of frequently touched surfaces has been increased.

To help mitigate the risks for parents who face trying to care for children who can become aggressive or agitated, loss of skills and setbacks to students as a result of the school and therapy clinic closure, KCC will continue to support families in the following ways:

  • Online learning has been implemented through Google Classrooms and Zoom. Students will be engaged in learning through video and visual aids. Packages of learning materials and equipment are being delivered to families to support parents through this process.
  • For a limited number of students who are not able to be engaged virtually, one-to-one home visitation with a designated KCC staff member has been arranged for the duration of the closure or pending further changes.
  • With extreme caution, consultation and consent, a handful of students deemed to be at most risk, are being supported at KCC in separate classrooms (to achieve social distancing) with one designated KCC staff member for the duration of the closure or pending further changes.

KCC staff and students who have travelled outside of Canada or within recognized “hotspots” in the US and Canada are not permitted into KCC’s building and are ineligible for the home visits/one-to-one learning described above, for 14 days from the date of their return.

We will continue to monitor the situation and regularly assess our own operations. For the health and safety of our staff and students, we are prepared to take action on advice from Public Health and limit, postpone or cancel programs and services as appropriate or directed.

Should you have any concerns please contact the Main Office at 905-738-5542 during regular hours:

Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about COVID-19, you can visit publichealthontario.ca

Sincerely,

Yaffi Scheinberg
Executive Director and Head of School