Macaulay Child Development Centre welcomes 62 kids at its new Jane Street Child Care Centre|
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At a special ceremony today, Toronto Councillors, child care specialists,
community partners, families and children celebrated the official opening of
the Jane Street Child Care Centre, operated by The Macaulay Child Development
Centre. The new child care centre, which began to offer its services on July
19, now provides care for 10 infants (six to 17 months), 20 toddlers (18 to 29
months) and 32 preschoolers (2.5 to five years).
The centre is located at 610 Jane St. in a building that served as a library in
the former City of York. The building became surplus after a new, larger
library was built and City of Toronto amalgamation plans were completed. Since
the location already had a reputation as a welcoming place for children,
creating a child care centre there was a logical next step.
The City of Toronto, through the Child Care Capital Reserve Fund, invested
$1.13 million to design and renovate the building to make it a welcoming place
for some of Toronto's youngest citizens. The design was completed by Joe Lobko
Architect Inc. and the construction was completed by Brown Daniels Associates
The centre will be operated by The Macaulay Child Development Centre.
Established in 1932, this multi-service child care and family support agency
has a celebrated history of working with families and the community to enhance
the early learning experiences of many generations of children.
The Jane Street site employs 13 teaching staff, a supervisor and
caretaker/kitchen assistant. The centre uses an approach that builds on the
natural curiosity of children and encourages children to learn at their own
pace the things that interest them. Programming emphasizes the use of real
materials; encourages social skill development, independent thinking and
problem-solving skills; and leads to higher rates of literacy and academic
Many private-sector partners have made donations to equip and furnish the
centre. Partners include the Henry White Kinnear Foundation, the Thomas J.
Johnston Foundation, the Salden Foundation, the McLean Foundation, BMO Fountain
of Hope, the Jackman Foundation, and the TD Securities Employee Charity Auction.
Sharon Filger, Macaulay Child Development Centre,
416-789-7441, ext. 224
Claudia Pincombe, Toronto Children's Services, 416-392-3320