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Construction begins on new daycare

Rady JCC launches $1-million fundraising campaign

An artist’s rendering of the new Rady JCC Daycare at 1710 Grosvenor Avenue set to open in 2016.

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An artist’s rendering of the new Rady JCC Daycare at 1710 Grosvenor Avenue set to open in 2016.

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A small measure of relief is on the way for parents looking for child care in River Heights.

The Rady Jewish Community Centre (JCC) has put shovels in the ground for a new daycare at 1710 Grosvenor Ave., the site of the former Fire Station No. 12.

“We have a very good program and that’s why we wanted to expand because we know that the need is there.”

According to Rady JCC’s executive director Gayle Waxman, the non-profit, public day care which will have spaces for 48 children should be open by the end of 2016 and will be updating the community when a firm date is known. The property was purchased by Rady JCC in 2014.

"This has been in the works for a while," Waxman said. "We had looked at a number of different sites before this one became available. And it worked out really well. We went through the process of working with the government to get the approval to develop the space."

The Rady JCC currently operates the Kaufman Child Care Centre at the Asper Jewish Community Campus (123 Doncaster Ave.) and serves 100 children in the community. There are currently 800 children on a waitlist to join Rady JCC’s daycare program, Waxman said.

"We have a very good program and that’s why we wanted to expand because we know that the need is there," she added.

The new centre, located in River Heights, adjacent to the John Franklin Community Centre, will have three rooms with 16 children each: a toddler room, and two preschool rooms. The existing fire hall will be refurbished and renovated to accommodate the daycare and add the needed recreational spaces during the construction period.

"Renovating it was by far the most cost-effective approach but it was also a very good building to use, it was very suitable for our needs," Waxman said. "We’re really pleased with how the architect has designed it, so it will be functional and conducive for some nice activities for kids."

To help cover costs of renovating the old fire hall, Rady JCC is fundraising with a set goal of just under $1 million.

Waxman said the cost of the new daycare, including a $325,000 grant from the province, will be between $1.1 and $1.2 million.

"There are additional costs so we’re turning now to our friends in the community to see about people who are committed to this idea and would come forward to help us with covering the additional costs," she said, adding that gifts have already been coming in to the centre.

"An investment in childcare is really an investment in the children and families that will go into the future," Waxman said.

Waxman also said the Rady JCC is "absolutely" looking at expanding its daycare program once the Grosvenor centre is established.

"Obviously we have to raise the funds for this one and get it up and operating but assuming all goes well, absolutely," she said. "The Rady JCC board is very committed to child care."

For more information about Rady JCC and the new centre go to radyjcc.com or call 204-477-7510.

Danielle Da Silva

Danielle Da Silva
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Danielle Da Silva is a general assignment reporter.

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