History

York Child Development & Family Services Inc. is a non-profit agency incorporated in 1985 and operated by a community based Board of Directors.

The agency receives funding from the Regional Municipality of York for Child Care programs operated by the Agency and licensed by the Ministry of Education. The Provincial Government provides funding for the operation of Ontario Early Years Centre programs, which had previously been administered by the Ministry of Children & Youth Services, but was transferred in April 2014 to the Ministry of Education.

BACKGROUND/HISTORY30 Years

In 1985 the Agency opened a Parent-Child Resource Program in Newmarket, followed later by additional family support programs in Aurora and Schomberg.

These programs were restructured with the initiation of Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYC) in 2002. The Agency was named the Lead Agency for Ontario Early Years Centre, York North. The Aurora Program became an OEYC satellite in the riding of Vaughan King Aurora and the Newmarket Program moved to Yonge & Millard and became the main site for OEYC, York North.  In addition, OEYC satellites were opened in Keswick, Sutton and Schomberg.  OEYC programs are offered in many York Region District School sites and a wide range of community spaces across York North offering a variety of programs and services for parents and their children.

In January 2002 the Agency changed its name from York Toy Library & Parent Resource Centre to York Child Development and Family Services, Inc.

In the spring of 1992, the Board of Directors applied to the York Region District School Board and was accepted as the operator of the child care facility at Crossland Public School, Crossland Child Care Centre.

In 1993, the Board of Directors again applied to the Board of Education and was approved as the operator of Bogart Child Care Centre in Bogart Public School.

In the spring of 1996, the Board of Directors tendered for the child care program at Newmarket High School and was appointed the operator.  This program, Bev Bernier Child Care Centre provides care for 18 month – 5 year olds.

The agency also operates two Before & After School Programs; Stonehaven Elementary School (opened 1997) and Notre Dame Catholic School (1998).

In 1998 YCD became the corporate sponsor for Community Action Programs for Children (CAP-C) in York Region (Markham and Georgina).  In 2014, we started a CAPC program in Vaughan.