Martin Luther Child Care (MLCC) has been an important part of the Etobicoke, Toronto, community for over 50 years (in 2020)… and counting! The play-based program focus at MLCC recognizes and values each child’s individual and unique pattern of interests, abilities and aspirations. Our anti-bias and inclusive programs support and promote diversity and equity to respect each child’s abilities, sense of autonomy, self-identity, and self–esteem, and further promotes self-respect as well as respect for others. These qualities are nurtured in a healthy, safe and inclusive environment that will foster each child’s ability to achieve their optimal physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development.
Our educators promote a positive and supportive approach in all interactions with the children, their peers and/or other adults (such as parents or visitors) in the room in order to role-model appropriate social skills throughout the day to support the children’s learning and growth. “When educators believe that all children have the right to participate and when they use inclusive approaches, they are more likely to find ways to reduce barriers, understand how each child learns, and create environments and experiences that are meaningful and engaging” (HDLH, pg 36).
Why Martin Luther Child Care?
- Children, educators, parents and community partners are valued as essential components to the programs success!
- The children at MLCC are viewed as competent, capable of complex thinking, curious, and rich in potential.
- Learning and development happens within the context of relationships among children, families, educators and their environments and are organized around the foundations of belonging, well-being, engagement and expression.
- We not only meet but consistently strive to exceed the standards and best practice guidelines provided by the municipal (Toronto Children’s Services) and provincial (Child Care Early Years Act, 2014) standards.