King's Park Day Care Centre Inc. (Part 1)

King's Park Day Care Centre Inc. (Part 1)

When King’s Park Childcare Centre (KPCC) came to the Jubilee Fund they were renting space from the Church of the Good Shepherd, but had been told they would have to vacate in August, 2003. They had found space at 230 Dalhousie, but didn't have the necessary funds to renovate the retail location into a daycare. The Jubilee Fund was pleased to be one of the partners who assisted with the project. In speaking with Dawn Forbes she stated, “We would have had to close if we hadn’t received the support of the full community. We are so grateful to everyone who helped us.”

King’s Park Childcare Centre Inc. is a not for profit organization. The centre is managed by a volunteer board of directors comprising of parents and community members and has been in operation since 1981. The centre cares for children ranging in age from 18 months to 12 years and serves mainly students, newcomers and low-income families who need quality child care facilities that can accommodate the variety of workers represented (including shift workers, part time workers and parents with very young children). The child care service has integrated a casual and flex care program. This means that parents who have used the centre’s services previously but do not require full time day care service can drop their children off on the odd days that they require daycare services. It has a license for 59 children and also has three spaces for casual care. In addition, the centre offers after school and summer school programs. KPCC provides a no fee service to immigrant families in which they can stay and play with their children in the daycare setting, volunteer and interact with the staff while improving their English language and social skills.

Dawn Forbes has been the Executive Director of Kings Park Child Care since 1984. In addition to Dawn, they have eight full time staff and six students who work part-time from September to June and full time during July and August.