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Celebrating Another Year of Excellence: Happy Birthday LCCC

It all started with a vision. A vision that the SAC committee had more than 34 years ago, after the rebuilding of Seventh Street School was announced, the Home and School Association (now the S.A.C.) called a community meeting to talk about how the school should look, what parents wanted in it, etc. They also suggested that while this unique opportunity was available, perhaps the community would like to plan for more than just a beautiful new school. The plan was to create a community-driven childcare centre that was inclusive, nurturing and like a second home. Because to many, that's exactly what LCCC feels like. And today we are proud and honoured to work and spend time in a place that not only nurtures young minds, but encourages growth within ourselves as professionals, too.

After much hard work and political lobbying, Lakeshore Community Child Care Centre opened its doors to families in South Etobicoke on January 8th 1990. Since then LCCC has been a vital part of the South Etobicoke community and also a part of what makes 7th Street School so distinct. Not only do we offer high-quality care to children of toddler and preschool ages, but before and after school care to children in kindergarten and school age as well. This is just one of the many things that sets us apart from other childcare centres. Along with our talented team of educators, our exceptional programming during the school year, March Break and summer camp and invaluable developmentally appropriate activities that are always created to foster and encourage critical thinking. Over the years we've loved hosting community events such as BBQ's, pub nights, fun fairs and more, and will continue to create more opportunities for the Lakeshore community to come together for as long as we can.

LCCC has been through its fair share of challenges along the way too. Like manoeuvring the program to stay in accordance with ever-changing government regulations. And revamping the centre during a global pandemic, including both programming changes and large-scale indoor and outdoor adjustments, to ensure the utmost safety of our children and staff while maintaining an outstanding quality of care. We've also lost a few of our most cherished staff members, whom we will always remember, and continue to honour their lives by doing what they did best: spread kindness, care for others and always open the door with a smile. Joanne, Edlira and Christie, we will love you all forever.

Whether you've been a child in our care, a member of staff, a parent of the community or someone who just comes around to say "Hi!" (Friendly neighbourhood Canada letter carrier, we see you!) We want to thank you for being a part of our 34 year journey, and for all the beautiful memories that have been made along the way.

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