The York University Co-operative Daycare Centre has been in operation since 1969. It was established in response to a growing need for daycare. The first Centre was located in Winters College and managed by a loose collective of parents who were also students. In the Fall of 1970, the Centre, with 37 children enrolled, moved to the Graduate Residence #3 and became licensed under the Day Nurseries Act. York University supported the Centre and granted a subsidy to cover rental and cleaning costs. In 1973 the Centre moved to its present location in the Atkinson College Residence.
Throughout its history, the Centre has maintained a co-operative operation with the majority of parents working together with staff members not only in day-to-day participation in programmes, but also in the Centre’s decision making process. The maturation of the original collective of student parents to the present service has produced a quality childcare and education Centre for both children and parents.
The Centre currently has a purchase of service agreement with the Toronto Children’s Services Department that allows the acceptance of children who are subsidized by various levels of government.