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Daycare finds second location

In addition to its facility at 184-186 Union St., Queen’s Day Care Centre Incorporated (QDC) will this fall open a new location, pending final agreement between QDC and the university.

“The university is very pleased that, working together with the daycare, we have been able to find a suitable location,” says Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Alan Harrison. “The daycare is important to members of our community, and we are pleased to be close to agreement on terms that are compatible with our current fiscal situation.”

In May 2014, the cost of bringing QDC’s facility at 169 Union St. up to code standards were prohibitive, and the university committed to work with QDC – an independently owned and operated company – to find a suitable new space that would fit the daycare’s needs.

The new location will be in An Clachan, a university-owned and managed complex providing housing for students, staff and faculty, located at 47 Van Order Drive just off of Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard. The new space, originally built as a nursery, will be a custom-renovated facility that will be significantly superior to the former location. Queen’s and the daycare are working to ensure the new facility is operational by September of this year.

“We are very happy to see the re-establishment of a second site for the daycare. Queen's Day Care has been providing high-quality childcare to families of Queen's students, faculty and staff for over 45 years, and reopening a second site will help respond to the growing childcare needs of the Queen's community,” says Jean-Baptiste Litrico, President, QDC Board of Directors. “We thank the university for working with Queen’s Day Care Centre on this relocation, which will benefit many members of the Queen’s community.”

Renovations at An Clachan will begin as soon as the university and QDC  have reached agreement on the terms of the leases and the relationship between the two organizations.