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Last updated on November 11th, 2020

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Martin Luther Daycare: A Non-Profit Service to the Community Since 1970

5 Superior Ave., Etobicoke,  Ontario M8V 2M1
Tel: (416) 259-2861  Fax: (416) 259-2889,
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2011 Martin Luther Daycare yard

Martin Luther Day Care yard

The Story of a Lilac Tree
“It started with a lilac tree” reads the Toronto Star article published on May 8th, 1970, when the daycare first opened. The idea for the daycare originally came to the Martin Luther Church congregation under 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.”

It would be a long year of work before the daycare 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 care for 26 neighbourhood children.

Before long the daycare grew to include a preschool, toddler and before and after school program, and even spread to the basement of the church at 2379 Lakeshore Boulevard West. Today, the organization has 56 children in its care (90 percent of whom are on subsidies), and there is just as much, if not more, need in the Mimico community for a fully functioning daycare.

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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