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News Release - Queen's Day Care celebrates milestone anniversary

Monday, September 16, 2019

Started by a group of students in a room in the Students’ Memorial Union in the fall of 1969, the Queen’s Day Care Centre is celebrating 50 years of caring for children with a parade Wednesday, September 18 from 4 to 6 pm at Tindall Field.

Originally a complete parent co-operative center, parents paid a weekly fee of $ 10 and participated in minding the children for six hours per week or paid extra fees if they were unable to participate. Despite a huge waiting list in early 1973, financial problems reached crisis proportions and the Co-Operative Day Care Centre was in danger of being dissolved.

In the summer of 1973, a change in the Day Care Act made it possible for co-operative day care centers to apply for funding directly from the provincial government.  The University solicitors provided the Day Care Executive with assistance in processing with the incorporation. On May 14, 1974, Queen's Day Care Centre was incorporated and approved as a provincially subsidized parent-operated organization, in which form it continues today.

In May 2014, the day care left one of its two main campus building location and in September 2015 it opened up a new second site in the An Clachan Family housing Complex, officially known as “Queens Day Care Centre West Campus at An Clachan.” Across its Main campus and West Campus locations, the daycare currently provides full-time and part-time care for over 100 children of faculty, staff, and students from Queen’s, as well as a small number of community members.


“We at the Queen’s Daycare Centre are so pleased and proud that we have been able to offer exceptional care for so many families of faculty, staff and students at Queen’s over the last 50 years. Our professional staff work hard every day to implement evidence-based principles of child development, but also to provide children with a feeling that they are happy, safe, and ‘at home’ in our centre. We continue to be thankful for the support of the Queen’s University administration and campus services, of leaders across the University in many faculties and schools, and most of all of our parents and families. We look forward to many more years of providing care that parents can view as the best possible place for their children to be while they work and study at Queen’s.”

- Monica LaBarge, President of the Queen’s Daycare Board of Directors, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Smith School of Business 

“We have been fortunate to have the Queen's Day Care Centre provide exceptional quality care for our two children. Beyond the fact that dedicated educators engage the children daily in a myriad of creative and thoughtful ways, in a warm, open and comforting environment, our children are both nurtured and challenged on a daily basis. Truthfully the most wonderful thing about the Centre is that it feels like an extension of our family, and I am struck by both how special and how challenging this is, and I couldn’t be more thankful for it.”

- Colleen Renihan, Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in in Music Theatre & Opera, Dan School of Drama and Music

“As a graduate student in education, I can’t overstate the value of knowing my daughter, who just this week started kindergarten, had a nurturing, safe, and stimulating environment to go to while I’m working. Queen’s Daycare is staffed by wonderful teachers who are truly invested in compassionate educational practices. It was amazing that my daughter had the opportunity to thrive and grow while I pursue my studies: we’re both learning so much!  As she proudly said right after my husband started teaching at the School of English, “we’re all at Queen’s now!”. And we were so glad that was the case.”

– Jen McConnel, PhD Student, Faculty of Education


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Anne Craig

Media Relations Officer