Our History

“CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE”

 

Narrated by Shelley Bond

It was in 1971 when Shelley Bond and Kathy Yach first met.  I was a teacher in the preschool program and Kathy was the cook extraordinaire.  Both of us were attending Algonquin College at night to attain our Early Childhood Diploma.  Not long after we met, Kathy was also made a teacher in the program and the journey began.  In our time working together as teachers, we had many adventures and mutually decided that even though we did not have our diplomas yet, we felt that we could run a much higher quality program than the one in which we were working.

I approached the mayor of the City of Nepean, Andy Haydon, and asked for a $5,000.00 interest free loan to purchase equipment and supplies.  To our surprise, council voted in favour and we were off to the races.

Over the next six months, we worked hard and had a lot of family support.  My dad built the furniture for the program, Kathy’s basement became a storage house and her husband, Keith, became one of the assembly line workers for all the beds and other items which needed to be put together.  We worked long hours, seven days a week until finally, we were ready.

On March 24, 1974, City View Day Care Centre opened its doors as a commercial corporation with an enrolment of 5 children at the Calvin Christian Reformed Church on Merivale Road.  Once the centre was opened, we started work at 7:00 am and worked until 6:00 pm every day.  Our families volunteered to come in to cook and clean along side of us until we had enough enrolment that we could hire staff.  As time progressed, the centre’s enrolment grew to 45 children. 

In August 1975, we had a flood at the church and had 48 hours to relocate to City View United Church on Epworth Avenue.  We did this with a lot of help and were very happy to make this our new home.

In January 1976, the Home Child Care program was established to serve children and families in independently contracted provider homes throughout the City of Nepean. 

We finished our schooling at Algonquin College and proudly displayed our diplomas in Early Childhood Education!

In June 1984, at the Provincial Association for Early Childhood Educators Conference, we were honoured and recognized for our excellence in innovative programming for young children in Ontario. We received the Margaret Fletcher Program Award, which we proudly display on our walls today.

In 1992, Premier Bob Rae announced that only non-profit organizations would receive 100% wage subsidy funding so we made a decision to reincorporate as a non-profit organization under the direction of an elected, volunteer Board of Directors.  Both of us remained to direct the child care centre and the home child care programs. 

In January 2001, City View Day Care was chosen as the lead agency for the Ontario Early Years Centre of Nepean-Carleton.  Because of the growth and diversity of programs now offered by the organization, it was decided that a new name would better reflect the services, and in December 2001 our new name officially became City View Centre for Child and Family Services.

In October 2002, our Early Years Centre officially began delivering services from a leased space at 810 Greenbank Road.

Over the years we had outgrown the space on Epworth Avenue and were actively seeking a new home.  We explored many options such as relocating to JDS Fitel’s main campus on Merivale Road.  Due to cutbacks in the high tech sector, that project was put on hold indefinitely.  We had discussions with Kanata Research Park about relocating but felt we would be creating a gap in services for our existing catchment area.   We approached the City of Ottawa for capital funding and were given 80% of the money needed to build our new home.

On August 15th, 2003, after 29 years of operation in the City View area, we moved our programs to 1099 Longfields Drive in South Nepean.  We were able to expand our child care centre to include a Toddler Program for 15 children, a Preschool Program for 48 children, a Kindergarten Program for 20 children and a School Age Program for 30 children.  Our Home Child Care Program continued to provide care for over 350 families and children. 

In November 2003, we were given a Trillium Grant to purchase equipment for our resource centre and a toy lending library for the community.  In April 2004, we were able to start delivering drop in services to the community. 

In October 2005, we were able to move the Early Years program into our location at 1099 Longfields Drive and were thrilled to have all our programs under one roof.  The Early Years program moved into the drop in room and took over the delivery of services to the community.    

In September 2006, we added a Nursery School Program for 24 children to our organization.  There was a need in the community and we were more than happy to accommodate.

In October 2006, Kathy retired and I took over the role of the organization's Executive Director.

In 2007, our "Pyramid of Learning" educational workshop series was developed and made available for clients.

In the spring of 2012, our new "Brain Booster" program was launched in partnership with Mothercraft and Live and Learn. 

In 2014 our kindergarten and school age programs were no longer needed as care for those age groups was now being provided by the local school boards.  In July our facility was renovated to accommodate another 15 toddlers and 24 preschool children. 

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