An article about the 35th Anniversary of the centre.
The Amherst Daycare Centre
A Brief History of the Amherst Day Care Centre
The Amherst Day Care Centre was incorporated on May 3rd, 1977. It was originally located in the AME Church on Poplar St. When The Amherst Day Care Centre began operations in 1977 it absorbed the clientele from the child care service that had operated out of the AME Church since 1974. The Department of Social Services, now the Department of Community Services, licensed the Centre giving it 50 subsidized spaces to utilize. It became obvious by 1979 that the Centre needed a permanent home. After a search the Highland Baptist Church was purchased as the new home of the Amherst Day Care. One mandate of the Centre was and still is to meet the child care needs of the community. Over the years many programs have been developed and implemented to meet these needs.
In order to provide the children with indoor and outdoor climbing equipment the Centre turned to Katimavik. In 1984 Katimavik came and built the needed equipment and made some minor repairs. The United Way supported some of the operating expenses until 1990. It was at this time that the Centre was able to meet its own financial needs. The 50 subsidized spaces were being used to capacity. This helped to brighten the future of the Centre. The operating funds are now drawn only from the parent fees.
In May, 2000, with the approval of the Registrar of Joint Stocks, The Amherst Day Care Centre changed its name to “Bright Beginnings Child Care Centre”. The Centre will continue its mandate to meet the ever growing child care needs of the community.