In the early 1980’s while working in a daycare setting, the future founders of the Etobicoke Home Child Care Agency Angie Katchutas and Ruth Kottas recognized the important role a home child care setting can play in promoting healthy development of children of all ages and abilities. After successfully securing a grant with the province in 1982, they launched the Rexdale Home Child Care Agency as a non-profit charitable incorporated organization offering licensed quality care for children from 3 months to 10 years of age in Wards 1, 2 and 4 within the City of Toronto.
For more than a decade, Ruth and Angie were hard at work as Co-Administrators, securing excellent providers, opening new homes, and providing support to parents in Rexdale. They adapted and respected the diversity and changes in the Rexdale community. They also took the initiative to actively participate in their provincial professional association, The Home Child Care Association of Ontario, attending and planning meetings and conferences in Ontario. The Agency also became an established and respected home care provider in the Rexdale community. As the agency expanded Nadia Nazeer and Nancy Gill joined the team. In 2016 Toronto Children’s Services updated the Home Child Care Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI), and the team was able to meet the requirements of this important quality assurance process.