Villa Charities 2018 Annual Report VC19_AnnualReport_Interiors_Apr29_FNL2 - Page 44

BY BY THE THE NUMBERS NUMBERS: 177 columbus early learning centres Full-time enrollment at Columbus Centre, Centro Abruzzo and Casa Del Zotto child care centres Enrollment increased at all three Columbus Early Learning Centres in 2018 to a combined total of 177 children in full-time care at year-end, up from 141 a year earlier. All centres continued to have waitlists, particularly in the toddler rooms, and preschool enrollment exceeded capacity at the Columbus Centre location. The Columbus Early Learning Centres’ Quality Assessment ratings remained high, and all three centres received a clear operating license in 2018. The rating system outlines expectations, service standards and guidelines for child care providers. Summer camps were hosted at Casa Del Zotto. The camps were very popular, with educational and entertaining special guests in-house – including a children’s musical entertainer and a reptile show – as well as off-site activities such as bowling and movies. Similarly, community partners including firefighters, a dentist, police officer and librarian visited the younger children at the Columbus Centre and Centro Abruzzo locations at other times of the year. Casa Del Zotto held a “Give Back to the Parents” event in December 2018. Arrangements were made so that parents could leave their children at the centre after the normal closing hour of 6:00 p.m. and pick them up at 8:00 p.m. Children were served pizza for dinner and watched a movie while their parents went holiday shopping or enjoyed a dinner out. SINGING VISITS Toddlers and preschool children from the Columbus Centre child care visited seniors at Villa Colombo Toronto for trick or treating and singing. The children visited most floors in the facility, where residents handed out candies and treats. The children, in turn, delighted the seniors with their costumes and by singing for them. The children also visit Caffè Cinquecento on Friday mornings to sing songs with patrons, accompanied by a guitarist and mandolin player. The patrons often join in with the children, singing, clapping and dancing. Special events included a Mother’s Day tea and a Father’s Day breakfast at all three centres. Visiting parents were treated to baked goods, coffee and tea to enjoy with their children. The centres also hosted a summer social for the families. 44 VILLA CHARITIES ANNUAL REPORT 45