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 Evolution of the Yellowknife Day Care Association


 In December 1980 the YWCA made an announcement that they would be closing their downtown child care facility on January 31, 1981.   The parents of children attending that center held a meeting and decided they would have to find alternate child care arrangements.  From this came the idea of forming a parent co-operative day care.

 In January 1981 a month of meetings and proposals for funding resulted in the approval of the Government of the NWT’s Department of Public Works to use their building; the YWCA agreed to loan us their equipment until we could purchase our own, and Canada Community Services provided start-up capital.

 On February 1, 1981, the Yellowknife Day Care Association opened its doors on 5019-51st street.

In 2014, we had a meeting with ECE and learned that our building on 51st street would not stand for renovation and we started looking for another home for our daycare. In 2015, we hired a Business Consultant who fund us a land on 52nd street to purchase.

In 2016, after we finalized the purchase of the land, we then signed a contract with Clark Builders to build our dream Daycare. After completing comprehensive environmental surveys of the lot, we moved to construction phase.

We brock the ground in June of 2017 and by the end of the year our Daycare was complete.

We open our doors of the newly build daycare on 5121-52nd street on January 2nd, 2018.

Our beautiful building is a purpose build daycare that meets the National and Child Daycare Building Codes. Our daycare is now one of a kind, now not by structured programs, but also by its beautiful design and layout. ECE also fund us to purchase educational materials and child size furniture which completed our daycare’s appearance and suitability for children to be here and be comfortable like they would be in their own homes. Just like a home away from home.

Not only our address and building have changed, but we also increased our capacity to house more children. We are now licensed to have 104 children that includes 32 infants; 56 preschoolers and 16 after-schooler students.  

Many years later, a parent co-operative day care, guided by a Board of Directors who generously give their time to keep the Association both viable and moving forward as times change.  Families have joined us, grown and left over the years, their children growing from babyhood to making a confident step into the world of kindergarten with the guidance of our hard-working staff.  We are proud to be the oldest and longest operating day care in Yellowknife. 



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