Fall 2016 Edition
Welcome to the new Macaulay Today! There are many exciting things happening at Macaulay, and we want to keep you informed. Our new and improved electronic newsletter will be coming to your inbox quarterly. We hope you enjoy reading it and please contact us to let us know what you think! — Sharon Filger, Executive Director
Macaulay Spotlight
Miles and Lea’s Story: More Than Child Care

"I never knew a day care would go that far…"

When Lea enrolled her son Miles at a Macaulay child care centre, she didn’t know she would receive supports that “made me fall in love with my child again.” Here is her story.

I’m a single parent. I’ve always worked. I’m lucky because I have a child care subsidy and because Miles goes to Macaulay. I know he’s in great hands, and staff are always there for me when I need help.

For example, Miles didn’t adapt well in grade one. He felt pressure; he didn’t have friends and he lashed out. The child care staff didn’t blame or judge me – they supported me and asked if I wanted extra help. I learned what caused the behaviour and how to handle it differently.

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Macaulay advocates for accessible, affordable, high quality child care.

Lea is among a very small percentage of families in Toronto receiving subsidized child care. There are almost 17,000 children in Toronto currently on the wait list. Fees in Toronto run as high as $16,000 to $20,000 or more per year. This cost is equivalent to university tuition fees or the cost of a top private school, making licensed child care unaffordable for many families.

What’s New at Macaulay?

Macaulay’s Chess Program

New this fall, students attending Macaulay’s 6 Homework Club locations have the opportunity to learn and play chess as part of their regular after school program curriculum. Led by an experienced chess instructor…


More Than a Haircut

Macaulay’s More than a Haircut barbershop sessions are back after summer break. This fall our barbershop sessions focused on the important role fathers play in supporting their children’s learning and mental wellness.



First Arts

We are excited to present our First Arts Curriculum this fall at the Annual Emergent Literacy Conference hosted by Speech Services Niagara. This innovative visual arts, child development and parent education…

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Macaulay Speaker Series

Introducing Macaulay’s Parenting Speaker Series – book your group session today! With over 80 years’ experience working with children, Macaulay understands the unique and diverse needs facing today’s families.

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Thank you
to our Donors

We extend our sincerest thanks to the Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation for supporting our Summer Program for Children with Special Needs. The Summer Program enables children with significant special needs the opportunity to participate and thrive in Macaulay’s community programs alongside their peers. As a result of this generous support, more than 100 children had a meaningful and memorable summer.

Get Involved!

The holidays are coming, but for many families at Macaulay, the holidays can be a time of stress and uncertainty. More than 50% of Macaulay families have an annual family income of less than $30,000. Every dollar supports programs that help families thrive. For more information about how to donate email us or call (416) 780-2731.

Donate Now

Make children smile. Donate any of the following NEW items:
(Drop off at Macaulay Head office during regular business hours)

Baby + Toddler Gifts (0+)
diapers, board books, soft toys
Preschool Gifts (3+)
puzzles, books, blocks
Little Kid Gifts (5+)
games, dolls, books
Big Kid Gifts (8+)
lego, books, electronics
Winter Clothing for children of all ages: hats, gloves, blankets
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Toronto, ON M6E 2K3

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