"LCFC was a second home for my daughter as she grew up. I was always totally confident that she was well cared-for, having fun, and learning new social and motor skills. I loved how the staff used the newsletter to give updates on what the children in each age group were doing, what milestones they accomplished, and fun crafty activities they were up to. That LCFC was on the LU campus, surrounded by nature, meant experiential learning was a part of everyday activities for the children."

~ J Litzgus

"When our oldest started care here several years ago we were so nervous about the transition as we were first time parents. Very quickly we were reassured that LCFC was an incredible fit for our little one and our family. The care provided, learning pportunities, incredible food and feeling of community made LCFC an essential part of our village. We are especially thankful that our second little one is also able to attend LCFC. Our kids love their daycare experiences at LCFC and we couldn't be more appreciative of LCFC for providing such an incredible environment for our little ones to thrive within."

~ Katie Moise - NOSM Library Assistant

"Being part of the Laurentian community since 2014, I had always heard of how special the LCFC was from my colleagues. When we became parents, we were fortunate to have our daughter join the LCFC in Fall of 2022. It is not uncommon for university employees (faculty or otherwise) to take up a post away from extended family. This is where LCFC has really been impactful for us. As new parents that don't have family in the city, this daycare, in some ways, is playing that supportive family role. Not just dropping off our little one, but learning about developmental milestones, challenges, and wonderful moments. In addition, having this daycare located on campus where I work has been a huge help for our family. This allows for so much more flexibility and quality of life. With this in mind, I feel the LCFC is an important piece of Laurentian's framework as a desirable employer."

~ J Gagnon

"As a mom of two and a full-time mature student, my journey wouldn’t be possible without the help of LCFC. Having the chance to register both of my kids at an on-campus daycare was one of the most important things I was looking for when I was choosing a University. From day one,all the staff members were welcoming, trustworthy and friendly. I know they are in a safe place where they are learning and being respected, and if needed I’m only a couple of buildings away.This allows me to focus on my student life and attend my classes without any worries. Every day both of my kids are happy and excited about going to daycare and that for me is a constant reminder that pursuing higher education does not compromise my role as a mom."

~ M. Martínez

"I am a third year Concurrent Education student at Laurentian University and also work at the Laurentian Child and Family Centre on campus. LCFC is so beneficial to me as a student, with providing students with a job as well as  outstanding management and them being very understanding of the student life while accommodating our academics by allowing us to make our schedule as we best see fit. The hours of the daycare make it no issue for students to maintain their lives outside of work, personally I mostly work 9-5 with a 1 hr lunch break which I use to its fullest capacity and go to the Alphonse Raymond building to use the coffee shop atmosphere, to get assignments and studying done. The location of this daycare is so beneficial to me as a student because after I have a class early in the morning I can take the rest of my day to go to work. I think the hardest thing for a student is finding a job that can both accommodate academics and also have a great location. Whereas this facility does both, losing LCFC off of the campus would be a detrimental loss for the parents and their children because of the location being so convenient for them, but also for the student employees that have the advantage of using the campus to the fullest capacity."

~ Ben MacNeil

"I have heard it takes a community to raise children.We are fortunate to have LCFC in our community.They have invested several years into enriching my two children with the best learning experiences and materials to bring out the best in their childhood. My children have
connected with many friends and staff members to foster great relationships where they grew and learned from one another. The staff at LCFC are incredible and are sincerely passionate about what they do.  Everyone works well together like a well oiled machine. Thank you to LCFC for everything they do!"

~ B. Matthews

"The early childhood educators at Laurentian Child and Family Centre have been an amazing resource for us. The whole team is amazingly responsive, intuitive and truly caring. Our daughter is genuinely excited to go to “school” every day and we count ourselves incredibly
lucky for her to have this opportunity. Oh and, the food is fantastic ;)”

~ K & GClarke

"We are so grateful that our three children had the privilege of attending LCFC. They learned so much in those early years and it was extremely comforting knowing our children were in such an enriching, fun, and safe environment with amazing staff. We would highly recommend LCFC to anyone looking for childcare. Thank you to all LCFC staff for the exemplary care our children received

~ S & Bertoli

"After having heard good things, we sent our daughter (and later our son) to LCFC to give them the opportunity to socialise regularly with other young kids.  What was delivered was far greater–this is an ideal place for young children to develop.  The facility itself is well looked-after, and is chocked full of book stations, art and craft centres, safe playing areas, tactile playing tables, and more.  But what really makes this place special is the staff.  I'm unable to just name two or three of them, as honestly, there are just so many of them that regularly go above and beyond to ensure that the kids are getting the best possible experience.

For example, after my daughter expressed an interest in gardening to one of the staff, the staff told my daughter to bring in her gardening tools (she has a small set at home) and they would plant flowers in front of the centre.  Because of this, my daughter and I will be gardening together in the spring and next fall.  I don't have a green thumb, but I'm excited to do this with her.

Another example is when my son moved up from the toddler room to the junior preschool room, the staff from the toddler room gave us a book they had put together.  It was full of pages and pages of hand-written anecdotes from his time spent in the room, pictures of him doing different activities, and artwork he'd done.  My wife and I were floored.  We spent a lot of our evening reading through it all and laughing, remembering many of the different stages he had gone through over that past year. I can't recommend LCFC enough.  Sending our kids there was a wonderful decision."

~ Brad Legault

"LCFC has fostered an environment of lifelong learning for staff and continues to implement approaches/curriculum that are evidence informed.  As a result, LCFC has played a role in my children’s learning, development, health and well-being.  My children have developed strong relationships with both the educators and children at the centre and LCFC now truly feels like family.  The educators are kind, patient, encouraging and supportive.  The cook makes healthy, kid friendly meals and LCFC has gone above and beyond to ensure food safety for my child with allergies. 

LCFC is exceptional!!   LCFC has been a second home to our girls for almost five years. We chose LCFC because not only did they fulfill our childcare wish list in so many ways, but the feeling when we first walked in and met the staff assured us that our children would be happy, safe and loved in their care. And as always, that gut feeling did not steer us wrong.

The daily routine, home cooked meals and consistent staffing keep us as parents happy and reassured. And we know the crafts, games, imagination, outdoor adventures and swimming lessons are but a few of the things that keep our kids happy every day. We would highly recommend LCFC to anyone who is lucky enough to secure a sport. They have been such a valuable part of our girls’ childhood so far!"

~ The McKague Family

"My daughter has been attending LCFC for almost 4 years and we have been so lucky to have them in  all of our lives. From day one, the staff has made us feel welcomed and informed about all the ins and outs that daycare entails!  Most importantly, the educators and staff have embraced our daughter with open arms and have been major contributors to her development and growth into the sassy sweetheart she is today. We are eternally grateful for everything they do for us and thank our lucky stars to be a part of the LCFC family." 

~ Kelly Brennan

"LCFC has been a second home to my 3 children for the past 8 years. Kandis and her staff have always been incredibly supportive and their understanding of the needs of today's family is greatly appreciated. In particular, the children have loved the summer programming and the home-cooked food and my husband and I have valued the consistency in staffing, which means a familiar face is there to greet your children each morning. I take it as a positive sign when your children are not in any rush to leave the center at the end of the day!" 

~ Julie Mazzuchin 

"I have been thrilled with the care that our children receive at LCFC. The staff and caretakers go over and above expectations to ensure that the children are safe, well-cared for and enjoy their time there. They obviously care a great deal for the children and it appears that for them, this is much more than a job. The environment is a calm, organized and stimulating one overall and the staff and caretakers feel more like extended family members as they play such a pivotal role in our children's lives. On a personal note, the LCFC has been wonderful in helping us to ensure our children's specific dietary needs are met, which can be very challenging. I really can't speak highly enough about the LCFC. This is a wonderful daycare and I feel very lucky that my children are a part of its larger community."

"Our boys have enjoyed the activities, the care and healthy menu at LCFC since before they were one year old. They adjust well to the routines, have made many friends and learned a lot from the caregivers at LCFC. These past 6 years have been a wonderful experience for our family, thank you!"

"When our family contacted the Laurentian Child and Family Center (LCFC) to inquire about their infant program we also needed services that could care for an infant with special needs. Coupled with trying to secure a day care spot for our daughter, Ella, we were also concerned about feeling comfortable leaving her in the hands of others for the first time.  Much to our relief, we were invited to visit the LCFC and talk with the staff about Ella’s situation.  When we arrived we were warmly welcomed and provided a tour of the day care with a special focus on the Infant Program.  Watching Ella explore the room with uninhibited curiosity and the staff respond to her in such a caring and compassionate manner, we quickly became aware that LCFC was the best choice for our family.  Many years later, Ella continues to grow and thrive at the LCFC with the on-going support and guidance from the staff.  There are many staff members who have played an essential part in Ella’s healthy development.  I cannot thank everyone enough at LCFC for helping our family through many growing pains as well as sharing their good sense of humor.  As parents we continue to observe Ella to receive unconditional love and acceptance at a place that we all now consider a second home."

~ Lipic Family