COVID-19 Supports

Pathway to Potential Funded Programs Supporting High Priority Communities

Be Back Soon promo with cartoon dog holding puppy's hand

Be Back Soon

Attention parents who live in postal codes N8H, N8X, N8Y, N9A, N9B, N9C and N9Y:

Connections Early Years Family Centre’s Be Back Soon program is now extending unlicensed short-term child care to qualifying parents with young children while they attend their vaccine appointments. The intention of the program is to remove barriers for families that have no one to watch their children while getting their vaccinations. Transportation options are available.

Be Back Soon is funded by the City of Windsor social investment program Pathway to Potential.


You live in the N8H, N8X, N8Y, N9A, N9B, N9C and N9Y postal codes, and you require unlicensed short-term child care while you attend a vaccine appointment. For more information on booking a vaccine appointment, visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) vaccination website at


You are currently living with low income in any area of Windsor-Essex and require child care to attend any job interviews, training, medical, legal, social service or counselling appointments. To find out which documents can determine your family income, visit the Be Back Soon web page.

The Be Back Soon program offers no-cost, unlicensed short-term child care for young children. Children are cared for by registered early childhood educators and trained staff in a stimulating environment with enhanced safety protocols. The Be Back Soon program is available during a variety of times.

Please contact Connections Early Years Family Centre for more information or to book an appointment at 519-252-9696.

Download a copy of the poster seen below: Be Back Soon Poster - Vaccine Appointments (English)

Translated versions of the Be Back Soon poster seen below are also available to download in French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), and Spanish: 

Heba is a parent who used the Be Back Soon program at Connections to receive child care for her son while she attended a vaccine appointment. Please take a moment to read about their experience with the Be Back Soon program or watch a short video for more information.

Be Back Soon poster with little girl smiling and waving

Drouillard Place

See how Pathway to Potential, the City of Windsor and County of Essex social investment plan, continues to serve its participants through programs like those offered at Drouillard Place with COVID-19 restrictions in place. Please take a minute to watch Kate Gibb, the Executive Director of Drouillard Place, explain how the program has had to adapt to connect with children and youth during these difficult times. 

Impact of COVID-19 on Marginalized Populations - Literature Review

Pathway to Potential has worked on a comprehensive literature review to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on marginalized populations and the tools to respond to these impacts in the Windsor-Essex region. The exploration includes research on several impacts of COVID-19, including financial security, food security, the physical and mental health of several vulnerable groups, and other issues, such as challenges accessing technology and lack of access to information.

Data indicates that the global pandemic exacerbated pre-existing conditions among historically vulnerable populations, including children and youth, families living in low income, seniors, visible minority groups, newcomers, the LGBTQ2+ community, and people at-risk of or experiencing homelessness.

The literature review and related appendices are available for download: