Network Child Care Services
Network is a non-profit child care organization, licensed by the Ministry of Education to provide high quality child care services and programs to children and families in our Early Years Learning and Child Care Centres, Licensed Home Child Care Premises, Before and After School programs and Onsite Event Child Care services across Toronto and the GTA. We invite you to explore Network’s program options and find how we best meet your family’s needs.
Our story is connected to our city. Just as our communities grew and changed over the years, we responded to address an ever-growing need for equitable and inclusive access to quality child care.
Network Child Care Services was established in 1991 as a home child care organization, in response to community members’ concerns about the lack of quality child care programs for young children. Through the years, as there have been continuous changes in family dynamics, expansion of cultural and ethnic diversities in the community, developments in education research, and ongoing changes to the rules and regulations that govern Early Years Child care, Network has expanded its services to more than 800 children across the GTA.
Today, working in partnership with families, we offer a wide variety of progressive child care services and early learning programs to support families in meeting their child’s academic and child care needs.
In 2021, we celebrated 30 years of delivering quality child care.
1991Original Logo: Network Child Care Services of Metropolitan Toronto Inc. begins operation with a Home Child Care Program.
1992The Group Centre is licensed and opens to receive children.
1993Network’s Board of Directors pass the first By-laws for the Organization.
• Expansion of affiliated Home Child Care Providers in the west end of Toronto.
• Satellite Centre opens to delight of families waiting for care.
• Network has long waiting lists for its programs and services.
• City of Toronto begins amalgamation process.
• Major upheaval in Child Care Sector – Network plans service delivery model that meets these challenges.
• Official name change to Network Child Care Services.
1997Toy lending library in operation.
1998Family Consultants and Resource Teachers continue to support our growing group of Home Child Care Providers.
• Network meets with community stakeholders on furthering quality child care goals.
• Expansion of on-site child care at Trade Shows and Special Events.
2000Music and Movement classes are launched at Network’s programs.
200110th Anniversary: Network is a decade old!
2002Annual Women’s Symposium launched to explore issues important to women in the community.
• Wade Avenue Centre opens.
• Home Child Care Providers from Victoria Day Care join Network.
2004Metamorphosis Child Care Centre opens to neighbourhood acclaim in East End of Toronto.
• St. Nicholas Child Care Centre starts delivering much-needed service to North Scarborough.
• The “Best Start” programs are launched throughout the City of Toronto.
• 15th Anniversary
• Just Kids Child Care Centre joins Network, along with 15 Home Care Providers in the Keele area.
• St. Nicholas and St. Gabriel Lalemant “Best Start” locations are opened.
2007St. Aidan Best Start Site opens in January of this year.
2008Full Day Early Learning initiative begins, based on province’s “Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT)”.
2009Network chairs HCCAO Annual Conference in Toronto.
• Full-Day Kindergarten rolls out across Ontario.
• Network expands its training and continuing education programs for Centre Staff and Providers.
• Child’s Nest opens as a newly renovated site at 121 Cosburn Avenue.
• Group Centre welcomes 16 new Preschool children.
2012Before and After School Care begins at Holy Cross Elementary School.
• Child’s Nest’s renovations at 123 Cosburn Avenue are completed and a beautiful new Centre is born!
• Network now operates 11 programs.
• St. Maria Goretti and St. Albert are launched as new Before and After School sites.
• 121 staff are now employed with Network and 80 Providers are affiliated with the Organization.
• Network hires a Trainer to enhance its Continuing Education programs.
• Network hosts the HCCAO’s Annual Conference at the Novotel Hotel.How Does Learning Happen? is launched as a resource model.
• Dane Avenue Early Learning and Child Care Centre is launched.
• St Aidan’s welcomes 10 new infants.
• In our 25th year, over 200 Network Centre Staff and Affiliated Home Child Care Providers deliver quality child care to Toronto families.
• Network’s website is revamped and launched.
• Network releases a new logo.
• Jubilee Early Years Learning & Child Care Centre opens its doors.
• St. Agatha B&A School Program was launched in September 2017
• ADP (Automatic Data Processing), a cloud-based human resources and payroll management software is implemented at Network.
• Annunciation School and St. Victor Before & After Child Care Programs are added to Network’s growing list of programs.
• Lansing Early Years Learning & Child Care Centre opens its doors in North York.
2019St. Nicholas Early Years Learning & Child Care Centre is relocated and adds an infant room.
• Bendale Acres Early Years Learning & Child Care Centre opens, marking Network’s 19th Child Care Centre in the GTA.
• Capital Projects commence at Group, Jubilee and Just Kids to add infant rooms. Major renovations begin at Network’s Head Office to upgrade workspace.
• Network Child Care Services celebrates 30 years of serving Toronto and the GTA.
• Home Child Care office is renovated with a brand new workspace at 720 Ossington Avenue.
• Capital Projects completed with contemporary head office workspace, and 3 new infant rooms added at 3 Centres.
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As Network’s Executive Director over the past 25+ years I can personally attest to the labour of love seen in every aspect of Network’s activities. Our commitment is reflected in Network's philosophy, our mission and goals, as well as in our comprehensive programs and services.
With an enrolment of over 800 children it takes tremendous dedication and tireless effort by our Early Childhood Educators, our support Staff, and our affiliated Home Child Care Providers to meet the needs of each and every child. Our child care philosophy is complemented by our recognition that every child’s early years are of utmost significance and must be supported, stimulated, and enriched with the best possible early years program. At a time when the rate of learning is occurring at lightning speed, it is essential for Network to stay ahead of, and embrace, new trends and directions. It is the only way that we can continue to meet and exceed the needs of young children and families. We are very proud of the fact that the youngsters in our early years and child care programs are supported by individuals who can expose them to enriched and diverse experiences and perspectives. To place every child at the 'centre' of our operations is to offer the best possible programs and care in their very critical formative years.
Whether you are looking for an early years and child care program for your own family or an on-site child care service for your conference or special event, please take the time to get to know us through these web pages and contact us for a personal visit or orientation.
Welcome to Network Child Care Services!
Spyros VolonakisExecutive Director
To provide exceptional early learning experiences and child care services to children and their families in a community of diverse needs.
Network operates and delivers services and programs guided by a shared belief in core values and principles. Network values:
- Children, families, their needs, and the needs of their community, as the pivotal purpose of our ambition.
- Mutual respect, diversity, inclusiveness, and equity in all its services and decision-making practices.
- Positive and responsive engagement and ongoing communication with parents/guardians for their unique strengths, perspectives and contributions to our program that will enable us to best meet their child’s needs.
- The dedicated Staff and affiliated Home Child Care Providers and their professional contribution, continuous professional learning, and commitment to Network’s mission statement and goals.
- Liaisons with community partners and resources who provide opportunities for the children to develop close connections with a wide range of community supports.
Ministry of Education
City of Toronto
Toronto District Catholic School Board
Home Child Care Association of Ontario (HCCAO)
Canadian Association of Exposition Managers
Canadian Child Care Federation
Coalition for Better Child Care
City of Toronto, District Child Care Advisory
City of Toronto, Every Child Belongs
Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre
The Four Villages Community Health Centre
Home Child Care Association of Toronto
Ontario Studies in Education (OISE)
Quality Early Learning Network (QELN)