The Macaulay Child Development Centre was founded in 1932 by a group of women, led by Hazel Macaulay, to provide care for pre-school children from low income families.

Below are some key dates and milestones in Macaulay’s 90-year history:


Macaulay was established.


Incorporated on October 25th, 1933.

Admitted as a member agency of the Red Feather, now the United Way of Greater Toronto.

Introduction of Supervised Home Child Care in the City of York.

Established Project Positive Parenting to give parents an opportunity for mutual support and to develop their child rearing capacity. This project has now developed into a full range of Parent Education and Support Programs at Macaulay.

Expanded the Home Child Care Program to the City of North York.

Was awarded the Margaret Fletcher Program Award for innovation in the child care field.

Initiated the Day Care Consultation Program to assist child care centres in the City of York to successfully integrate children with special needs.

Macaulay doubles in size as it develops services and programs to address the growing community need, including Ontario Early Years Centres, new child care programs, Speech and Language therapy and expanded consultation services. During this period Macaulay won the Toronto Community Foundation Vital Ideas Award for innovative More than a Haircut, the Barbershop Project.

Anchoring partner at the Jane St. Hub, one of Toronto’s first multi-service community hubs.

2010 to Present
With services spanning childcare to parent advocacy to community services, Macaulay now serves over 12,000 children and parents a year.   Built on an established history of more than 90 years of supporting children and families in Toronto, Macaulay prides itself as providing the highest quality of care with experts in the fields of early childhood education and child development.

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