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February 11, 2004
Yonge Hearts renewal means 35 new child care spaces
At a special ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Councillor John Filion joined with
the non-profit and business communities to celebrate the success that can
happen when the entire community gets involved in child care. The newly-built
Yonge Hearts Child Care Centre represents a unique collaboration ensuring that
more children have access to quality child care.

The construction of the new centre has allowed Yonge Hearts (also known as
Little Hearts) to expand from its original 63 spaces to 98 spaces, which means
35 new subsidized child care spaces have been added at this location. The
centre offers care for 20 infants, new-born to 18 months, 30 toddlers and 48
pre-school children and is the only child care centre in Ward 23 that provides
infant care.

The new centre is the result of decade-long negotiations concerning the density
of land use at properties owned by Sam-Sor Enterprises Inc. and Imperial Oil in
the former City of North York. As part of that agreement, City staff secured
land and approximately $2.25 million in funding to construct a permanent home
for the Yonge Hearts Child Care Centre, a non-profit organization serving the
community and Toronto Public Service employees within the City-owned site.

"Good planning is an important step to ensure a vibrant Toronto for many years
to come," said Filion, Councillor for Ward 23 Willowdale. "But planning should
not just be about buildings and hard services. It's also about people and human
needs. That is definitely the case with Yonge Hearts, which will serve as an
ongoing reminder of what is possible when local governments, businesses and the
community work together."

The Yonge Hearts Child Care Centre will continue to be operated by the
non-profit organization, which has an agreement with Toronto Children's
Services to provide subsidized child care.

Media Contact:
Deborah Young, Toronto Children's Services, 416-392-5625



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