For over 30 years Villa Charities has been providing the highest quality of child care to those within our community. Over these years we have built strong relationships that are founded on trust, allowing us to provide services to families for generations. Our experienced, professionally trained, and licensed staff are committed to the well-being, safety, and happiness of your child as they grow and mature in all aspects of life.
Our child care centres, hours, and ages of care are as follows:
Columbus Centre (7 am to 6 pm): toddlers and preschoolers (18 months to 4 years)
Centro Abruzzo (7 am to 6 pm): toddlers and preschoolers (18 months to 4 years)
Casa Del Zotto (7 am to 9 am – 3 pm to 6 pm): junior kindergarten, senior kindergarten, and school aged (6-12 years)
*Our Casa Del Zotto before and after school program includes walking children to busses or schools both ways.
In addition to adhering to the Ministry of Education’s set curriculum for child care centres, we have additionally implemented specific enrichment programs where special classes such as art, science, language, and yoga are offered to ensure your child enjoys a broad and unique experience.
Child to Educator Ratios:
Toddler – 1:5
Preschool – 1:8
Junior Kindergarten – 1:10
Senior Kindergarten – 1:12
School Aged (6-12) – 1:15
In addition to our trained and certified staff, we have licensed guidance teachers available to assist in specialized areas for children with special needs or disabilities. At Villa Charities, we are proud to offer services that are diverse, engaging, and reflect the values in which we were founded upon.
For further information, depending on your needs, please contact:
901 Lawrence Avenue W.
18 months to 3.5 years
Supervisor’s Tel: 416-789-7011 Ext. 222
340 Falstaff Avenue
18 months to 4 years
Supervisor’s Phone: 416-645- 1014
CASA DEL ZOTTO
3010 Dufferin Street
3.5 years to 12 years
Supervisor’s Tel: 416-256-6191
Villa Charities Children’s Centres offer programs for toddler through to school age children. Each of our three centres follows the ELECT Curriculum (Early Learning for Every Child Today), consistent with the curriculum offered by school boards.
To enhance our ELECT curriculum, we will be incorporating the Reggio Emilia Approach. Reggio Emilia is based on the ‘environment as the third teacher.’ The adult is considered the guide and mentor with thorough documentation of the child’s day.
All three locations are fully licensed by the Ministry of Education. Columbus Centre and Casa Del Zotto also follow the City of Toronto’s Early Learning and Care Assessment for Quality Improvement quality rating program.
Our staff are qualified Registered Early Childhood Educators and are registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators, or work as Early Childhood Assistants. Some of our staff members have been with us for more than 20 years!
Meals and Nutrition
Our lunches are catered by an outside agency Food For Tots. All of our centres follow Canada’s Food Guide and our menus are overseen and approved by a qualified dietician.
(18 months – 2½ years)
(2½ – 4 years)
(4 – 5 years)
(6 – 12 years)
Child Care Sign Up Form
For over 20 years, Villa Charities’ summer camps have been offering something for every camper. With tennis, karate, art, cooking, dance, extreme sport, and Triple Threat (voice, dance, and drama) camps, among others, there is little, if anything, that we cannot provide for your child.
Our nine-week summer camps are engaging, active, and focused on giving your child a summer retreat where they can interact with others in a fun and exciting environment. Our full-day or half-day options make our camps very customizable and easily adaptable to your scheduling needs.
With 22 counsellors, six instructors for indoor camps, and over 40 volunteers from community members, Villa Charities summer camps are adequately staffed to ensure your child is safe, properly looked after, and is given adequate one-on-one time to enhance whatever skill they have come to explore.
For further information, please contact:
Cultural Arts Department
Tel: 416-789-7011 Ext. 244/248