Kids Care COVID-19 Resources

Kids Care COVID-19 Resources

To help parents through COVID-19, Scarborough Health Network has curated a list of information and resources. This includes the most up-to-date information on developmental centres, funding resources, how to speak to your children about COVID-19, mental health supports and more.

Please keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive.


Health Resources

Funding Resources

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Government of Canada is providing a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to the following:

  • Workers who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support
  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • Working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures
  • Workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work
  • Wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance
  • The CERB will be accessible online in early April
  • You can get ready to apply online by setting up your Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) My Account
  • If you do not have access to apply online, please call: 1-800-206-7218

Child Tax Benefit

  • Government of Canada is providing an extra $300 per child through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for 2019-20. This will mean approximately $550 more for the average family.
  • This benefit will be delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May.

Flexibility for Taxpayers

  • Canada Revenue Agency is deferring the filing due date for the 2019 tax returns of individuals.
  • The return filing due date will be deferred until June 1, 2020.

Mortgage Support

  • Canadian banks have committed to work with their customers on a case-by-case basis to find solutions to help them manage hardships caused by COVID-19.
  • Contact your financial institution to inquire if you are eligible for payment deferral, loan re-amortization, capitalization of outstanding interest arrears and other eligible expenses, and special payment arrangements.

Food Resources

Daily Bread Food Bank
191 New Toronto Street

Scarborough Food Security Initiative

  • Offering deliveries of emergency food boxes to those in financial need during this COVID-19 Crisis
  • Prioritizing families in the Scarborough Southwest region
  • Register for food delivery to your home

    The 519 Takeaway Meals

  • Providing free ready-to-go meals 7 days a week on The 519 patio in front of Fabarnak Community Café (519 Church St., Toronto)
  • Monday to Friday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 12:30 p.m.

Autism Resources

Developmental Support Centres

Surrey Place Centre (Offices are closed, but services are open)

  • No in-person or community based meetings.
  • Teleconference, video conference and emails are available to parents during this time.
  • Please contact your program lead/developmental therapist directly.
  • New to Surrey Place? Call 1-833-575-KIDS (5437) or start your registration/inquiry today

Monthly Wellness Webinars (Free)

Virtual Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Support

    • Surrey Place provides support for families to ask questions or to get help in completing the application forms
    • No registration necessary
    • Please contact 416-925-5141 ext. 2590 and leave a message with you and your child’s full name and your phone number

Aisling Discoveries (Centre is temporarily closed until further notice)

  • No in-person or community based meetings.

Autism Services – Early Intervention Support

  • Provide behavioral interventions and family services are integrated and coordinated with other services, such as speech and language or children’s mental health, which a child, youth or their family may be receiving.
  • A high degree of interprofessional partnership is in place to support information sharing and collaboration among services and the community.
  • Please contact Aisling Discoveries’ Autism Services to schedule a free phone consultation. Their staff will guide you to the right service based on your goals and needs.
  • Phone Mental Health Intake: 416-321-5464 ext. 236

Mental Health Child and Family Services

  • Offers a variety of family-focused, multidisciplinary mental health assessment and treatment services that are inclusive and accessible to all families living in the community of Scarborough.
  • Translation is available if needed.
  • The program strives to strengthen the healthy social and emotional development of infants and children.
  • Please call Mental Health Intake 416-321-5464 ext.233 to complete an intake over the phone and will be directed to services based on your individual child and/or family needs.

South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (Centre is temporarily closed until further notice)

  • No in-person or community based meetings.
  • All previously scheduled appointments will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • If you have any questions about their services phone: 416-289-0100 or email:

Geneva Centre (Centre is temporarily closed until further notice)

  • No in-person or community based meetings
  • Intake/Social Work is available by phone and video conferencing:
    416-322-7877 ext. 513
  • Toronto Autism Services (closed)
  • Clinical Behavioral Services is available by phone and video conferencing:
    416-322-7877 ext.513
  • Group services are available by phone:
    416-322-7877 ext.259

COVID-19 Free Online Social Skills Programs

  • Unstuck & On Target + Zones of Regulation social skills programs are now available online.
  • These groups can provide your child with the opportunity to stay connected with peers while learning and practicing social concepts.
  • Email: if you have any further questions or concerns. (Centre is temporarily closed until further notice)

  • No in-person or community based meetings
  • Intake Department is available by phone and video conferencing:
    416-322-6317 ext.1
  • Support to complete funding forms is available by phone and video conferencing:
    416-322-6317 ext.1
  • CHAP Family Worker matches are closed at this time.

Online Video Funding Application Support

Child Therapy Resources

Educational Resources

Learning online

Ministry of Ontario – Learn at Home
Resources are available in French, Italian, Tamil, Urdu, Korean, Hindi, German, Spanish, Farsi, Tagalog, Punjabi, Chinese, Arabic, Polish, and Portuguese

Toronto District School Board (TDSB) – Student Learning Resources
TDSB staff have compiled a variety of resources that cover a range of grades and subjects that may be helpful for students and parents during this time. Online resources are not mandatory or graded and are meant for families to use as optional resources to support independent learning while students are at home.

Toronto Public Library (TPL)
TPL branches are closed until further notice, however their online services are available. This includes ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music.

Programs available include:

  • Dial-A-Story: Children stories in over 16 languages over the phone
  • Brainfuse: Free online tutoring for students from kindergarten to Grade 12
  • Ready for Reading: Collection of songs, stories, activities, and games to help children ages 0-5 develop early literacy skills

Online Activities Resources

Activities You Can Do With Your Children

  • Brain Pop

    Watch short videos, find resources and do activities to support healthy habits, such as hand washing.

  • YMCA – Stay Active While at Home 
    The YMCA is offering Free Facebook Live classes for the entire family every day of the week. Follow @YMCAGTA for live classes.

Mental Health Resources


Hotlines are available 24/7

  • Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868
  • ReachOut 24/7: 1-866-531-2600
  • Distress Centre: 416-408-4357 OR text 45645
  • Gerstein Centre: 416-929-5200
  • Youthdale Mobile Crisis: 416-363-9990

Virtual Counselling Resources

Online Services

Scarborough Health Network

  • 24/7 crisis telephone support serving Scarborough and East York Region
  • Crisis de-escalation and support
  • Safety and crisis planning
  • Mental health assessments and referrals to community resources
  • Brief psychotherapies

Phone: 416-495-2891

Youthdale Virtual Out-Patient Services

  • Service is available to clients ages 6-19 and their families who may benefit from virtual support on a time limited basis.
  • Referrals will be reviewed by a team including a psychiatry, social work, psychology to offer assessment, brief individual/family goal based intervention and support.

Phone: 416-363-3751 ext. 2000

East Metro Youth Services

  • Programs and services closed until further notice: Office Clinical services, All Developmental Service Programs, The Zone and related group programs.
  • If you are looking for information, counselling services or resources, please call 416-438-3697 to speak to your service provider or if you are a new client, dial extension 12248 to speak to the Intake Worker or leave a message.
  • Phone counselling is available, please call 416-438-3697
    Monday – Thursdays from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Fridays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Woodgreen Community Services

  • Free 1-hour telephone counselling
  • Appointments are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays  from 4:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Phone: 416-645-6000 ext. 1990

Tangerine Telephone Counselling

  • 45-minute telephone based brief consultations on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • 12 years old and over can request an appointment.
  • Request and appointment here 24 hours in advance.


  • Toronto-based charity dedicated to serving children, youth and families struggling with complex mental health and developmental needs.
  • Offering free counselling for parents.
  • Hours:
    Monday, Tuesday, Friday – 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Phone: 416-482-0081 ext. 5

Wednesday – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Phone: 416-482-0081 ext. 6