Submission to the Town of Perth


Perth, Ontario
February 22, 2007


Name: Tayside Community Residential and Support Options (TCO)
Program Name: Taycare Children’s Centre
Contact Name: Dave Hagerman, Executive Director
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 707, Perth, Ontario, K7H 3K5
Fax: (613) 264-1930
Telephone: (613) 264-0953 ext. 102


Tayside Community Residential and Support Options (TCO) is a not for profit,charitable, community based organization that initiates and provides specific needs based service for children and their families. Tayside Community Residential & Support Options was established in 1989. The original Board of Directors had a vision of an organization that could be responsive to the social need gaps in Perth and district. In 1992, the organization was asked by the Town of Perth and the Ministry of Community and Social Services to assume the operation of the two child care centres in Perth. One was a 4500 square foot, child care centre in St. John Catholic High School and the other was the 5000 square foot child care centre formerly operated by the Town of Perth. These progams are called the Taycare Children’s Centres.


The organization is governed by an 11 member Board of Directors. They are volunteers who live, work or have connections to the Perth community. The Board meets a minimum of ten times a year. The Executive Committee, consisting of the Chair, ViceChair, Secretary, Treasurer and Past Chair have the authority to act on behalf of theBoard when necessary. The minutes of Executive Committee meetings are reported upon at the next Board meeting.Board members serve three year terms with an opportunity to serve additional terms. The terms are structured such that approximately one third of the members terms expire eachyear. The Board looks for individuals who have a tie to the Perth community and have either experience as consumers or family members or consumers of service or experience in a field related to our work or have expertise of value to the organization eg. legal,business, human resources.The Board has the standing committees of developmental services, child care, property,personnel/finance and fundraising. Committees are chaired by a Board member and consist of Board members, staff, consumers, and interested citizens


The Taycare Children’s Centres currently employ 29 staff (15.35 FTE’s) directly and indirectly in the operation of the two child care programs. The programs are licensed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. The professional staffs are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees and all permanent child care staff has their ECE r equivalent. The Taycare Children’s centre has many teachers with over 10 years experience in providing high quality child care to the families of Perth and District with our head teachers and supervisor having over 20 years experience in the community.


The Taycare Children’s centres have offered fully insured, accessible quality child care programs for junior toddler, toddler and preschool aged children since 1992. In 1995 the organization began offering child care programs to kindergarten and school aged children.The Junior toddler, toddler, preschool and kindergarten programs operate out of the St.John High School location. The school aged program operates from the location at 100Wilson Street and another location at St. John Elementary School. The kindergarten and school aged children primarily come from Queen Elizabeth and St. John Elementary schools. The St. John High School location is licensed for 46 children, the 100 Wilson Street location is licensed for 30 children and the St. John Elementary School locations is licensed for 30 children.In the year 2006 the programs have provided service to 205 children from 142 different families on both a full and part time basis. Families primarily come from the Perth and district with 40% coming from within the town limits. Less then 10% of all revenues in2005 were accounted for by fee subsidies from the County of Lanark. That percentage has continued into 2005.The programs offer both full and part time care and operate from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM.


The audited 2003, 2004 and 2005 financial statements are attached.


The 2007 child care fee schedule is attached.

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