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September 6, 2006
City of Toronto launches the After-School Recreation Care program (ARC)
  
The City of Toronto today launched the After-School Recreation Care program (ARC), a new initiative that addresses child care and recreation needs of approximately 3,600 children ages six to 12 living in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods.

“The After-School Recreation program creates opportunities for children to flourish in a safe, nurturing and positive environment,” said Mayor Miller who participated in today’s launch. “Offering programs that promote healthy development in our children gives them a fair start in life and will ultimately benefit the entire community.”

In 2005, Toronto City Council allocated $3.7 million to new programming. The City estimates that about 143,000 Toronto children between six and 12 years of age are in need of some form of after-school care. A little more than 15,000 children in that age bracket are currently enrolled in licensed child care and about 9,500 are registered in City recreation programs.

ARC is a joint initiative of the City’s Children’s Services and Parks, Forestry and Recreation Divisions in partnership with the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board. The program will be led by Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff and located at select schools in Toronto’s 13 priority neighbourhoods with a maximum of 60 participants at each location. The program fee is $4 each day.

Operating Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the school year, ARC will involve and engage children in activities that promote healthy development. ARC focuses on homework and reading, sports, arts and culture and group activities that enhance participants’ social, physical, educational and creative development. ARC also provides volunteer and mentoring opportunities for youth, allowing them to acquire leadership skills and job-related experience.

“Providing safe and stimulating environments for our children, both at school and during the hours before and after class, is a monumental task, and one that requires our collaborative efforts,” said Toronto Catholic District School Board Chair Oliver Carroll. “We are proud to be partners in making these recreational programs a reality in our communities.”

“What better investment can a society make, than to invest in our youth? The nurturing of a young child is a responsibility that we all must take seriously and it is my belief that our commitment to ARC is an example of a community coming together to offer care, support, and a place where children can come to feel safe, in a fun and educational environment,” said Toronto District School Board Vice-Chair Gary Crawford.

For more information about the After-School Recreation Care Program, including program locations call the ARC Hotline at 416-395-6100, or visit http://www.toronto.ca/parks. To register, call 416-338-2512.

Media contacts:
Stuart Green, Office of Mayor David Miller, 416-338-7119
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726
Emmy Szekeres Milne, TCDSB Communications, 416-222-8282
Dan Nortes, TDSB Communications 416-397-3061


 

 

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