From 1985 to 1994, Orillia Central Preschool was part of Catulpa Tamarac Child and Family Services. On October 1, 1994, Orillia Central Preschool officially became a separate, non-profit, charitable corporation governed by a Community Board of Directors. The Preschool ran a half day morning programs for 2 ½ to 5 year olds in the Purple Room, from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The Board of Directors has worked hard over the past few years to ensure that Orillia Central Preschool maintains its positive and innovative image.
In April of 1996 Orillia Central Preschool opened another exciting program, the LEAP Infant Daycare on the second floor. This program was developed for children of teen parents returning to school at the Alternative High School also located on the second floor. LEAP stands for Learning, Earning, and Parenting. The daycare is only one part of a community project to support teen parents and their children.
In September of 1997 Orillia Central Preschool began providing full day services within the preschool and toddler programs. The Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green Rooms now run full daycare programs.
In January of 2003, the Preschool expanded the infant room to incorporate working families as well as our teen parents, providing full day infant care to the community. This program runs Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 5:00pm.
In September 2005, our hours of operation were extended to meet the growing needs of the population.
In June of 2008, the Preschool hosted its first O.C.P. School Readiness Program for children who were getting ready to start junior kindergarten in September 2008. Many of our parents requested this and we were happy to work with them to get their children comfortable with the daycare/school transition.
In January of 2014, Orillia Central Preschool acquired another location so we could serve our families better. Our new site, Orillia Central Preschool North is located at 547 Laclie Street in Orillia. This location offers a before and after school program for children enrolled at Couchiching Heights Public School. Orillia Central Preschool North provides care for children ages 1 month – 12 years. Unfortunately, due to low enrollment the Before and After school program was closed in September 2016 for Couchiching Heights.
In September 2016, Orillia Central Preschool began a Before and After School Program at Orchard Park Elementary School, located at 24 Calverley Street. Our full day child care program did move from the historic Orillia Central School in June 2017 and began its full operation at the Orchard Park location in a newly built building attached to the school.
Our summer camp has been running for the last two years and it has been a huge success with the children and staff . We will continue to offer this service in the coming years.
In September of 2017, Orillia Central Preschool also opened a Before and After school program at Brechin Public School. This is the first time that this type of service has been provided to this small community school and the enrollment keeps increasing.
In anticipation of another full daycare building being built onto St. Bernard’s Catholic School, we opened a Before and After school program there in September 2017. With our ever growing wait lists, we are patiently waiting for the full daycare to be built in the near future. We will update you on the progress of this endeavour in the coming months.
Orillia Central Preschool, has listened to the community and continues to expand in order to care for children ages 1 month to 12 years of age for many more years to come.