River Avenue Co-operative Day Nursery Inc.

River Avenue Co-operative Day Nursery Inc.

Support Given to Area with High Community Needs

River Area Co-operative Day Nursery Inc.(RACD) was founded in 1974, as a non-profit pre-school child care facility in Winnipeg’s Mayfair “Island Area” near the Forks. Licensed by the province and operating as a cooperative, it is run by a professional management team of 17 Early Childhood Educators and governed by parents elected to the Board. It is currently one of very few centers to provide both evening and shift care. Licensed for 42 day care spaces (7 am – 5:45pm) and 20 evening care spaces (2pm - 12:30am) for children 18 months to 8 years. Within the new facility, RACD will add eight preschool/shift-care spaces. Their current waiting list has more than 80 children.

River Avenue Co-operative Day Nursery Inc.

RACD was housed at 175A Mayfair Avenue since 1985, in space attached to the administration building of Macdonald Youth Services. In 1998, RACD began to develop a partnership with the landlord to provide an expansion of services. A joint capital campaign was undertaken in 2000 with Macdonald Youth Services to purchase their site and expand their services. However, in early 2004 Macdonald Youth Services advised they would not pursue the building project further. The landlord also informed them they would be unable to renew their lease beyond April 30, 2007; the lease was evidentially extended to 2008.

Upon hearing the news, River Area Co-operative Day Nursery formed a Committee to look at other alternatives. They were successful in obtaining land at 127 Bell Street from the City of Winnipeg for the nominal sum of $1.00. In addition, RACD managed to raise $975,500; ($500,000 from government and community grants, monies set aside by RACD for the project and a $320,000 mortgage) and the Jubilee Fund provided a $155,000 guarantee loan for the construction of a new facility for RACD at a cost $1,256,930.The Daycare held their official Grand Opening in August 2009.

River Avenue Co-operative Day Nursery Inc.

A recent study (Understanding the Early Years: Terra Orlikow 2005) showed a high community need in the childhood development levels of children in the Mayfair’s “Island Area” – these children are particularly at risk in the area of physical health and well being...alarmingly, up to 63 percent more vulnerable. RACD provides an important function, serving the needs of a community traditionally disenfranchised and impoverished. This new daycare is a welcome facility to the parents who need and deserve our help.