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Last updated on January 28th, 2022

Martin Luther Child Care: A Non-Profit Child Care serving the Community Since 1970

5 Superior Ave., Toronto,  ON M8V 2M1
2379 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Toronto ON M8V 1B7
Tel: 416-259-2861
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The Story of a Lilac Tree

“It started with a lilac tree” reads the Toronto Star article published on May 8th, 1970, when the child care first opened. The idea for the child care was originally proposed to the Martin Luther Church congregation by Pastor Eberhard W. Schwantes, with the mission to give the neighbourhood’s children a safe place to play. His son Michael Schwantes recalls that the idea came to his father as he was looking out the window from the church office. “It was because he saw the children playing in the parking lot, and they had nowhere to go” he explains, “he said … they needed a place to go.”

Child Care Opening Day May 1970

Child Care Opening Day May 1970

It would be a long year of work before the child care could welcome the children of the Mimico neighbourhood – as the 1970 Toronto Star article puts it, “Then came operation elbow grease.” In May 1970, the building opened its doors to the community at large, and started to provide care for 26 neighbourhood children.

Before long the child care grew to include a toddler, preschool, and school age program. It even expanded to the basement of the church at 2379 Lake Shore Boulevard West. Today, the organization is licensed to provide care for up to 56 children ages 18 months to 12 years of age.

To read more, go to our blog postings:

New parking spots and play areas in the backyard, August 10, 2018
Join in! Enjoy life! Celebrate a party for kids and parents in the neighborhood!, May 24, 2018
We congratulate the Martin Luther Daycare for reopening at 5 Superior, September 30, 2016
Day Care: Furniture is set up, May 5, 2016
$130,000 is needed to reopen the Martin Luther Church Day Care!, September 6, 2015
A Benefit Concert and an Open House for the daycare, September 6, 2015
Successful Cleanup in the yard around 5 Superior Avenue and the Day Care, August 23, 2015

Day Care at 5 Superior Avenue: Standing Firm on Shifting Grounds, August 18, 2015
Day Care at 5 Superior Avenue: Welcoming Diversity, August 11, 2015
Day Care at 5 Superior Avenue: Then and Now, August 4, 2015


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