The Toronto District School Board

On June 15, 2010, The Dufferin St.Clair Bears Nursery Co-op received a termination of lease letter stating that we must leave our classroom at Regal Road public school. Our last day would be June 30, 2011.   We are petitioning to have that decision repealed.

The Dufferin/St.Clair Bears Nursery Co-op is a community based not-for-profit child care program run by parent volunteers that has operated from a classroom at Regal Road PS for over 20 years. It was started by a group of committed, creative and forward-thinking parents who were dedicated to forming a safe, exciting and innovative environment for their children's early education. Since our inception, we have facilitated hundreds of pre-school children in the transition from home to school in addition to providing child care to JK/SK students via pick up, lunch, afternoon and extended programs.

With three registered ECEs on staff, we service over 50 families each year with a robust wait list for vacant spots.  The absence of the Bears Nursery   Co-op will leave these families with no options for childcare in a city where childcare spaces are very difficult if not impossible to come by and require years of patience to find.

We as a co-op have been planning for the all day JK and SK program which is now being rolled out across the TDSB. However, Regal road public school is not expected to receive this programming until 2013 at the earliest. What are our JK and SK children to do in the mean time? To cut off an essential service to so many families before alternate solutions can be found is short sighted. We are excited to implement another diverse co-op program which we are confident will continue to meet the needs of the students, parents and community.  We are eager to tap into Chris Spence’s vision of the “community school” for the TDSB, (National Post article , May 7, 2010, ‘An Idea Whose Time Has Not Come’) and see our co-op as a perfect fit for that vision. We wish to remain a vital part of the Regal Road Public School Community School Environment.

We have requested a review of the termination of our lease. We are confident that spacing considerations can be addressed in other avenues and not at the expense of our children and families. Please join our petition to help us save our classroom at Regal Road Public School.
What Can You Do?
- Please Sign our Online Petition  
- Write a letter to Cesar Palacio, Toronto City Councillor – Ward 17,  councillor_palacio@toronto.ca
- Write a letter to Chris Spence, Director of Education, TDSB,  chris.spence@tdsb.on.ca
- Write a letter to Michael Smith, Superintendent, TDSB, michael.smith@tdsb.on.ca
- Write a letter to Maria Rodrigues, TDSB School Trustee - Ward 9, maria.rodrigues@tdsb.on.ca
- Write a letter to Bruce Davis, Chair, TDSB, bruce.davis@tdsb.on.ca
- Write a letter to Shelia Penny, Director of Strategic Building and Renewal, TDSB sheila.penny@tdsb.on.ca
-Write a letter to Fidelia Torres, Early Years, TDSB  –fidelia.torres@tdsb
Thank you,
Dufferin St. Clair Bears Nursery Co-op

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