Two day­cares com­ing to North York

North York Post - - News - James Paster­nak Ward 10 Coun­cil­lor

Pro­vid­ing fam­i­lies with safe and af­ford­able child care in their neigh­bour­hood is vi­tal. It is not only ben­e­fi­cial to the child’s de­vel­op­ment, but also pro­vides par­ents the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion or find em­ploy­ment. In Ward 10, we are ex­cited to an­nounce that two new day­cares will be open­ing soon plus the ex­pan­sion of oth­ers.

My of­fice is work­ing with Ad­vent Health in build­ing a 49space day­care in its Val­leyview Res­i­dence near Bathurst Street and Finch Av­enue West. This fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to open in Septem­ber 2018. In the Tip­pet Road area, a fully fur­nished and equipped day­care space for more than 50 chil­dren is be­ing built. It is planned to be op­er­a­tional in 2019.

At the same time, we have helped fund Beth Joseph Sy­n­a­gogue’s plan to more than dou­ble the num­ber of day­care spa­ces at its day­care from 23 to 52 and helped fund the ex­pan­sion of child sup­port ser­vices at the North York Women’s Shel­ter.

The City of Toronto’s li­censed child care sys­tem has over 1,500 cen­tres and 19 home child care agen­cies that pro­vide child care and early learn­ing for chil­dren up to 12 years of age. In April 2017, Toronto City Coun­cil adopted the city’s 10year Li­censed Child Care Growth Strat­egy, which strives to im­prove the af­ford­abil­ity and num­ber of li­censed child care pro­grams in our city. How­ever, there is more work to be done, and we will con­tinue to in­tro­duce new sub­si­dies to help work­ing fam­i­lies and ex­pand our child care sys­tem across the city.

Keep up with our progress and check back for reg­u­lar up­dates at www.james­paster­nak.ca.

Coun­cil­lor Paster­nak in the soon-to-be new day­care at 541 Finch Ave. W.

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