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December 8, 2004
City kids have new place to learn and grow
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony with a twist, City Kids Child Care Centre, Toronto
Children's Services' newest directly operated centre, celebrated the innovative
early learning experiences it is offering to 72 infants, toddlers and
pre-schoolers. Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) and
Councillor Olivia Chow (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina), Toronto's Children's
Advocate, wielded children's safety scissors to declare the centre officially

The centre offers a wide variety of learning experiences in an environment that
combines group education with small and individual learning opportunities.
Programming is culturally sensitive, and is designed to bring out the best in
each individual child.

"When parents in this neighbourhood told us they needed child care, we were
listening," said Deputy Mayor Pantalone. "Kids need a quality start to life,
and this centre can provide that start, in an interesting and exciting way.
Through the City Kids Child Care Centre, the kids are winning, their families
are winning, and in a big way, our whole community is winning."

"By investing in this child care centre, we are investing in our most vital
resource-our children," said Councillor Chow. "This centre will offer hundreds,
in fact thousands, of children a chance to learn and grow in an environment
that nurtures and celebrates each child. City-building starts with children,
and this is a great place to begin this process."

First opened in January 2004, this two-storey, wheelchair-accessible centre is
bright and spacious with high ceilings and many windows. The centre has many
state-of-the-art amenities to maximize each child's learning experience.
Features include covered, sheltered outdoor playground spaces, adjoining
washroom and sleep areas, and even heated flooring in the infant and toddler
rooms. The centre was designed by Joe Lobko Architect Inc. The construction was
completed by C.L. Construction & General Contractors Ltd.

At Toronto Children's Services, kids and quality matter. It is demonstrating
this vision every day through the exciting early learning experiences it offers
72 of Toronto's youngest citizens at City Kids Child Care Centre.

Media Contacts:
Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, 416-392-4009
Councillor Olivia Chow, 416-392-4044
Susan Andrews, Toronto Children's Services, 416-397-1267



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