“Without a sense of caring. There can be no sense of community”
Kids Haven Community Child Care was first established in 1988 when a group of parents in the community started a one room centre located in Cresthaven Public School for preschool-aged children given that there was no other child care options in the area. By 1992, the centre was incorporated as a non-profit child care centre and expanded its operating capacity to 64 children which included a Toddler Program, Preschool Program and a School Age Program. In September of 2000, the School Age program expanded to meet the needs of 60 school age children and a Kindergarten Program was created to accommodate 20 JK and SK children while the other programs remained the same. In November 2004, Kids View Community Child Care was found as a satellite centre under the Kids Haven organization which operated a Before and After School Age Program for 30 children located in Steelesview Public School. In April 2005, Kids View expanded to include a blended program of 16 preschool and kindergarten children. In September 2012, after operating the program for 12 years the Kindergarten Program ceased to operate due to the implementation of Full Day Kindergarten across the province of Ontario. Therefore, Kids Haven entered into a third party agreement with the Toronto District School Board to operate the Before and After Kindergarten Program with an operating capacity of 20 children.
Kids Haven Community Child Care is a non-profit organization operated by a volunteer Board of Directors who are typically parents of children enrolled in the centre which forms the membership. Board Members meet on a monthly basis to discuss and review the centres activities as presented by the Executive Director to ensure our centre and program philosophy are being upheld. The Executive Director and both Supervisors from each location sit on the board as non-voting members. Board Members are elected at an Annual General Meeting which all parents and staff are invited to attend.
Kids Haven is licensed under the Day Nurseries Act by the Ministry of Education and maintains a Purchase of Service Agreement with the City of Toronto which enables our programs to offer a limited number of subsidizes spaces to families who qualify.