Our History | Board of Directors | Annual Report
Values & Beliefs | Family Centred Child Care
Family Day Care Services, a charitable organization founded in 1851, is dedicated to the care and education of children. Our goal is to help every child be happy, secure and develop to his or her true potential. To meet this goal we offer families safe, nurturing education and child care opportunities that reflect their values and concerns.
Today, Family Day offers licensed home and centre-based child care to over 4,000 children (infants to 12 years of age) in the Greater Toronto Area and is the lead agency for Ontario Early Years Centres in the provincial ridings of Don Valley East, Markham, Mississauga Centre, Scarborough Centre and Thornhill.
To celebrate our 150th Anniversary, Family Day commissioned Bob Cooper, a local historical writer, to record the story of the 150 years of our evolution.
For the Children chronicles the history of an agency dedicated to meeting the evolving needs of children and families, from rescuing homeless orphans on the streets of Toronto in the 1850’s, to finding foster care homes for children in the early 20th century, to providing present day state-of-the-art child care programs. Cooper has included many anecdotes of actual children in these eras, giving the book a very human flavour — definitely not a dry history book. The stories are generously interspersed with over 100 photos of people in our history and of the times.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the book.
Board of Directors 2012-2013
S. Gopikrishna, President
Michael Papadakis, 1st Vice President
Michael Papadakis, Interim Treasurer
Joan Arruda, Ex-Officio Board Member
Chief Executive Officer
Statement of Values and Beliefs
|Primacy of Children and Families
||We believe that children and families are central to everything we do.
|Commitment to Quality
||We believe in quality at all levels of service delivery and management.
||We believe in understanding and responding to the needs of our community.
||We value the commitment, expertise and creative thinking of our staff.
||We believe in responsible stewardship and management of our resources.
||We believe that we have an obligation to advocate in areas related to our services.
||We value partnerships with organizations and providers in the community.
|Teamwork and Mutual Respect
||We believe in collaboration, support for each other and mutual respect.
Family Centred Child Care
Family Day recognizes the importance of the family and the community in child development. As a family centred child care organization, we work to strengthen the relationships between children, their families, their communities and society. Family Day understands that culture, diversity, community and public policy affect child and family development.
We support our families, and recognize and respect parents as being the most important caregivers for each child. Parents and staff are partners in caring for children.
The following eight key principles guide Family Day staff.
- Each family has its own characteristics, strengths and resources.
- All families have strengths.
- Children and their families are part of a community.
- Families have the most influence on their children.
- Parents have interests, roles and responsibilities in addition to their family responsibilities.
- There are many ways for a family to be involved with their child’s care.
- Families and staff both have something to offer each other.
- Staff have opportunities to develop family centred child care practices.
Our commitment to family centred care means:
- family members are encouraged to become involved in our programs.
- we promote partnerships with families through communication such as newsletters and special events. programs, staff and caregivers honour family diversity and values.
- staff and caregivers support parents' efforts to advocate for their child.
- we want to establish links between families and the community.
- Family Day parents, staff and caregivers are partners in caring for children. We work to develop relationships that build trust and confidence.