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Home sweet home

Lakshmi jumped at the chance for her kids to return to St. Stephen’s child care

Quality childcare makes all the difference. Just ask Lakshmi.

“When my daughter Agneya was 6 months old, she started going to the Harbourfront Child Care Centre. We were worried about leaving her in the hands of unknown people. But as new immigrants and with both of us working, we had no choice. In less than a week, we saw how caring the staff were and how happy Agneya was there. But due to work circumstances, we had to remove Agneya from Harbourfront. It only lasted a little while but then we needed to find childcare again. When we heard about the new Canoe Landing Child Care Centre attached to the school close to where we live, we knew where Agneya and my son Jaitra would go.

“The Canoe Landing location saves us so much time and gives us so much confidence since it’s St. Stephen’s. We know our children are safe when we are at work, and staff always do different activities according to the children’s needs.”

“While we’re at home because of COVID-19, I see that my kids are missing their play time and friends at the Centre. Coming back to Canoe Landing will be like coming home…home sweet home. I trust them more than any other child care centre.”

Quality childcare in vulnerable neighbourhoods helps the 40% of all families in Toronto who live in childcare deserts*

*A childcare desert is an area where three or more children have access to one licensed childcare spot

Canoe Landing

Easing the burden of working parents

Jazmin found peace of mind with the Canoe Landing Childcare Centre

“Life was complicated. As a working mom, I had to put my kids in the only childcare that was on the school bus route. That place wasn’t well-managed and it was far from home. With my husband travelling so much for work, I didn’t have any other options.”

“When I found out about the new Canoe Landing Childcare Centre, I went to an information session and was so impressed, I signed up my older son, Daniel, that day.”

“Childcare centres like Canoe Landing save the life of working parents, taking such great care of the kids on PA days and school closures. It’s such peace of mind knowing I don’t have to scramble for childcare on those days, and Daniel is super-happy with the staff there. He’s so enthusiastic about going and I know he’s in good hands.”

“For me, life is still busy but I am grateful for Canoe Landing. I look forward to the time when Daniel can return to his routine at the Centre after COVID-19, and when my younger son, Aaron, can join him there.”


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