LEF began offering child care in the early 1980s to better allow parents to support their families by working. Since opening our first centre we have expanded to 18 child care centres and 15 before and after school programs located across the former City of York and in North Etobicoke. Through a strong partnership with the York Board of Education we opened many of these in schools, which better meets the needs of children and parents as services are co-located. LEF is now one of the largest providers of child care services in the City of Toronto.
LEF's child care services works with over 1,100 children everyday from ages 0 – 12. We provide an inclusive program that meets the diverse needs of children from our vulnerable communities. We have developed a literacy curriculum that promotes school readiness for children, as well as focusing on the individual needs of each child in our care. Each of our centres provides a unique atmosphere and strives to meet the needs of our neighbourhoods.
We pride ourselves highly on an inclusive program which is open to children with special needs. To facilitate the full integration of these children into our programs and prepare them for school, we have a special needs consultant on staff that provides individual and curriculum support. Our centres are also aware of issues families have in accessing healthy food for their children, therefore we ensure that children have access to food that meets the Canadian Food Guidelines, as well as being low in fat and salt.
Our vision for child care promotes the well being of children and their families, as we know this is necessary for children to succeed. To meet all the needs of the family, parents are welcome to participate in all LEF programming.
For those interested in becoming involved in the field of early childhood education we invite you to look into our Early Childhood Assistant training program which has intake throughout the year.