Our early beginnings
In 1985 our beginnings started as part of an organization called Catulpa Tamarac and Family Services. Susan Clark, a manager at Catulpa Tamarac, had a vision for a Nursery School that would provide services for all children. This innovative program was a nursery school program that provided an inclusive environment for children aged eighteen months to five years of age. Early intervention resource consultants, access to speech and language specialists and occupational therapists were available for children with special needs. In 1994, we separated from this organization and became a non-profit, charitable corporation governed by a community board of directors. Our programs at that time included only half day programs; as the needs of the community changed, we expanded. In 1996 with the support of the Simcoe County District School Board, the LEAP infant daycare opened on the same floor as the Alternative School. By opening this daycare, teen parents were able to continue their education, were mentored by our caring and learned staff and were given support from other community partners. With the success of our Infant daycare program, the need for licensed daycare became evident for other age groups. We expanded this program in 1997, in part to continue to accommodate the infants from upstairs as their young parents finished their education or entered the work force.
Our daycare today
To progressively meet the needs of the community over the years, we expanded our daycare programs to encompass all age groups, for a number of years we offered summer themed camps for children age 6 years old to 10 years of age. Over time, we changed our hours to reflect the varied needs of our parents and are now open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. five days of the week. On January 6, 2014, we expanded our program by leasing the former Orillia Prep School, and we are now able to service an additional 100 families in the community. This location is called Orillia Central Preschool North and is located at 547 Laclie Street.