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January 17, 2017
City opens new Dane Avenue Child Care Centre
Mayor John Tory was joined by Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, and local Councillor Josh Colle (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence) at today's grand opening of the new Dane Avenue Child Care Centre located at 120 Via Bagnato near Dufferin Street and Lawrence Avenue West on a 20-year lease agreement with the City of Toronto. Network Child Care Services, a non-profit agency, will operate the centre.

"As a City, and at all levels of government, we need to do more to make sure that families across Toronto have access to the child care options that they need," said Mayor Tory. At the centre, the mayor and Budget Chief Gary Crawford pledged to find ways to add 300 new child care fee subsidies to the 2017 municipal budget.
The Dane Avenue Child Care Centre is equipped with a green roof and three naturalized playgrounds. The playgrounds feature a variety of surfaces, tricycle trails, planting areas, mobile planters, water play areas and seat walls. Inside, the centre features wide corridors, ample administration and staff areas, a catered kitchen that opens to a corridor featuring a children's teaching counter, as well as specially designed playrooms that encourage natural staff and child interactions.

"One way we can improve outcomes for our most vulnerable residents is by adding more child care fee subsidies," said Councillor Pasternak. "The early learning environment that is available in licensed child care centres gives children a great start and allows parents to access the education and work opportunities that will help lift them out of poverty."

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