Thank you to everyone who supported the success of the Great Gatsby Gala on October 15th at Todmorden Mills!  Proceeds totaled almost $19,000!

Here’s what it looked like:


We gratefully acknowledge the following event sponsors:

Gold Sponsor:  Forest Hill Lions Club

forest-hill-lions-club-scanSilver Sponsor:  Giuseppe Flammia

gf-logoBronze Sponsor:  Equus Fabrics


Bronze Sponsor:  Charles Vilagut Photography


We also thank Plank Road Market, Food Dudes, Culture Snap and Border Ladner Gervais for their generous support!plank-roadfood-dudesculture-snap


New Regulations for Home Child Care

We are sharing the Ministry of Education’s Child Care and Early Years Act, which comes into effect August 1st, 2015.  The section of this document that is most likely to impact parents, children and caregivers attending East End Children’s Centre’s programs comes into effect in January 2016.  It regulates the numbers of children, by age, unlicensed caregivers can have in their care and represents a dramatic change from the current guidelines.

Here is an excerpt from the Ministry of Education’s website, followed by a link to the document in its entirety:

Home-based Child Care

How many children can a home child care provider care for?
A licensed home child care provider can care for a maximum of 6 children under the age of 13.
An unlicensed child care provider can care for a maximum of 5 children under the age of 13.
Does a provider have to count their own children?
Yes. Both licensed home child care providers and unlicensed providers must count their own children under the age of 6.
Are there age restrictions for the children a home child care provider can care for?
Yes. Both licensed and unlicensed child care providers must:
Count their own children under the age of 6
Care for a maximum of only 2 children under the age of 2 (including their own children).

Is it true that a home child care provider can only care for 3 children under the age of 3?
No. Both licensed home child care providers and unlicensed providers must:
Count their own children under the age of 6
Care for a maximum of only 2 children under the age of 2 (including their own children).

Can a home child care provider care for more children if another adult is present?
No. The maximum number of children applies regardless of the number of adults in the home.
Do the rules apply any time of day, or can a home child care provider care for more children outside of regular school hours?
The rules apply at any time of day.
If a home child care provider has a child in Full-Day Kindergarten, do they count toward the maximum number of children they can care for?
If a provider’s own 4 or 5 year old child is attending publicly-funded Full-Day Kindergarten or grade one, they only need to count them during summer vacation. The provider’s own child does not need to be included in their count during the school year (including March break and PA days), as long as:
Care is only being provided between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
The provider cares for a maximum of one child younger than 2 years old; and
The provider has not been convicted of an offence under the DNA or CCEYA.

If an unlicensed home child care provider is caring for five children and their child aged 6 or older is home sick from school, would they be over the maximum number of children?
No. Licensed and unlicensed home child care providers must only include their own children under the age of six in their total count.
What other new requirements will take effect?
An unlicensed provider must inform parents that they are unlicensed in writing (either hard-copy or electronic). A provider must keep proof of their disclosure for two years. The disclosure must say: “This child care program is not licensed by the Government of Ontario.”
All providers, both licensed and unlicensed, are required to provide receipts for payment of services upon request.
With specific exceptions, all providers, both licensed and unlicensed, are required to allow parental access to the premises and their child.
An unlicensed provider cannot operate in more than one location.

The New Child Care and Early Years Act: What Providers and Parents Need to Know

Evacuation Drills

Monthly evacuation drills are a necessary inconvenience.  We are required to do them and we want to do them well because we care about your child’s, yours and our own safety.

You don’t have to love them, but if you are bringing children to our programs, you do have to participate without protest.

We expect adults attending our programs to model a positive attitude during evacuation drills, so that children feel safe while practicing these skills.  Please follow all direction from staff.  Do not collect your coat, bags and stroller.  You will be interrupted by staff and asked to cooperate if you try do this, or decide to depart the program during a drill.  If the weather is chilly, throw a coat or blanket over your child and leave the building.

Yvonne Kristensen – March 5th, 1950 – October 23rd, 2014

We are sorry to share the very sad news that our wonderful staff member Yvonne Kristensen passed away on October 23rd.

Yvonne has worked at East End Children’s Centre for the past 16 years, as well as several years during our organization’s early history in the late 1980s. She has given of her warmth, strength, passion and playfulness to so many children, parents, caregivers and co-workers. We are truly proud of the way Yvonne worked and played, making our programs and indeed our lives incredibly rich, during her time with us. We remember her powerful energy, huge voice, beautiful heart, and her joyful laugh. We miss her very much.

In addition to her work with EECC, Yvonne operated a small store in Kensington Market, called Vibe, where she sold essential oils she crafted herself.

Some of you knew that Yvonne had two diagnoses of breast cancer in the past 20 years, most recently in 2006. She decided to make those years great anyway; she had many, many tools in her toolkit for living well, not the least of which were her sense of humour and deep spirituality. She was still riding her bike this past spring and was actively working with us until the end of July, then took a few weeks vacation before discerning that returning to work was not an option.

Yvonne leaves a daughter, Jade, and two school-aged granddaughters Narissa and Deja, as well has a great many friends around the globe. Her family is honouring her wishes not to have a funeral. We will plan a memorial event at our Kimbourne site and will communicate further about that when a plan is in place.

East End Children’s Centre

Known to some as; Kimbourne or  Terry Fox East End Children’s Centre operates two FREE drop-in Family Resource Program sites in East Toronto.

Our programs are for children aged newborn to senior kindergarten only.

Sorry, we can not accept visits from school-aged children.

Changes at our Terry Fox site:

New room limit:                                                                                                       Maximum number of children permitted in the room will be 28, effective September 2014.  As we have lost a staff position at both our sites, changes are required in order to offer a safe learning environment for the children.

We are no longer allowed to bring strollers into the building.  Please bring a bicycle lock and secure your stroller to one of the railings near our entrance way.  Call our staff at 416-425-4051 if you need assistance bringing children into the building.


Message for parents employing nannies or other caregivers

Wondering what that registration form is that you are being asked to complete? 

The form is so that we can maintain basic contact information, in case you ever need to be contacted.

Why would we be contacting you?

We would need to get in touch with you right away if there was ever an emergency involving your child, or your child’s caregiver.  We also wouldneed it in the event of an outbreak at our centres, as public health requires us to notify families when they may have been exposed to certain infectious diseases.

If you include an email address, and we hope you will, we will also send you our quarterly newsletter, and keep you informed about events and other things going on at East End Children’sCentre.