Discover Silver Creek Pre-School

Our 45 year history has been dedicated to providing integrated therapeutic services and early learning experiences so that children are empowered to acquire the skills that will help them to be successful in the mainstream community. Silver Creek provides an inclusive early education setting where children of all abilities learn together.

A smaller staff-to-children ratio allows for individualized programming for every child in the group setting. There is an opportunity in this reversely integrated setting for children with special needs to take the lead, promoting self-reliance and self-esteem. The emphasis on functional independence facilitates increased participation in the home and community.

It is Silver Creek’s philosophy that integrated therapy and education that leads to successful inclusion.

Vision

Empower children to inspire themselves and others.

Mission

Silver Creek provides a positive pre-school setting with therapeutic services within a caring and creative early education classroom.
(Physio, Occupational, Speech & Language, and Music Therapy)

We help children with and without physical and developmental challenges to achieve success as defined by each child and family.

We are dedicated to working with our families, the community, and other professionals to ensure that the unique promise of each child is realized.

Values

Every child is special.

Silver Creek recognizes and supports the importance of ongoing working partnerships with families and the community to ensure the development of our children towards independence and optimum quality of life.

We believe that every child will rise to their highest level when we all work together to provide the services the children need now.

Our History

Silver Creek has been serving children with physical and developmental challenges since 1975 when local parents petitioned the provincial government for funding and support in starting a program to serve the pre-academic and therapeutic needs of their children.

The school has grown from seven students in 1975 to more than 60 children being served annually. Government assistance is now provided by Toronto’s Children’s Services through subsidies directly to qualifying families, and through special needs resourcing funding to Silver Creek.

November 8, 1975 - Silver Creek Junior School Opens Nursery for Handicapped Children

Located in the east wing of the Silver Creek Junior School in central Etobicoke, the nursery opens its doors to the community and provides special needs children with a space to learn, grow and play. Assisted learning includes gross-motor functioning, climinging equipment, musical therapy and various play spaces. The school requests volunteers and donations to ensure its continued service within the community.

April 17, 1985 - Silver Creek Volunteers Honoured by Province

Two Etobicoke volunteers were recognized and honoured by governor John Aird at a reception at Queen’s Park as a part of the Exceptional Volunteers Week event. Wilma Wilson – a treasurer of the Humber Valley Chapter of IODE – had been volunteering at Silver Creek Nursery School since the school was formed, and was on the board of directors for 4 years. Similarly, Emily Lazenby assisted children with reading disabilities for 19 years at the New Toronto Library and was with Silver Creek Pre School since its inception.

April 13, 1988 - Silver Creek Received a Sunshine Coach for Easy and Safe Transportation

Silver Creek Nursery School, catering to children with special needs, received a Sunshine Coach for easy and safe transportation of children to and from the facilities.The Ontario Restaurant Association – Toronto Region raised $11,500 in its annual restaurant race to support the purchase of the propane-fuelled coach.

December 22, 1990 - Christmas Spirit Lives On

An unexpected cancellation of the Silvercreek Nursery School Christmas party prompted community outreach and much holiday cheer. Through generous donations, the children of Silver Creek Nursery School enjoyed a festive Christmas party with Metro police and the Mayor of Etobicoke’s executive assistant. Cloverdale mall donated its Santa Claus to the school each morning, while a team of Toronto Police dressed up in holiday costumes to delight the children all December long.

May 6, 1992 - Computer Appeal's Silver Creek Children Find New Therapy

Silver Creek Nursery School receives a $12,000 donation towards the purchase of computers and computer programming for the students. Programs were exclusively designed for speech and language therapy, and ensure 40 to 55 students enrolled at the nursery will benefit daily from these new advancements.

April 9, 2000 - Centre’s Amazing Staff Lend A Helping Hand

Since opening its doors 25 years ago, Silver Creek Nursery’s staff grows to 14 members, now including a speech pathologist, physiotherapist, cook, teacher, occupational therapist and much more. The friendly and dynamic staff make Silver Creek Nursery a joyful space for children to learn and develop.

March 6, 2002 - A Happy Moment

David Strachan, owner of the Bloor Street and Mill Road McDonald’s present Silver Creek Nursery School with a $1,362 cheque. The proceeds were raised during McHappy Day, and given to the school to provide assistance to incoming students. Similarly, The Singing Lotus Yoga Studio held a raffle to raise $400 for Silver Creek Nursery School to further student development.

April 23, 2004 - IODE Chapter Marks 25 Years

The Sceptre and Mace Chapter, IODE celebrated its 25th anniversary with a luncheon. A presentation of a mini-wheelchair was made to Silvercreek Nursery School for Handicapped Children to commemorate the chapter’s 25 years of service in Etobicoke. Awards were presented to a number of members for educational service and exceptional citizenship.

April 6, 2017 - Province Negotiating Land Swap to Save Silver Creek

Education Minister Mitzie Hunter announced that Ontario sought to preserve the wide range of services for special needs children run out of both Silver Creek Pre-School and North York’s McNicoll Public School. Etobicoke Center’s MPP Yvan Baker made the announcement and vowed to ensure Silver Creek Pre-School received the adequate funding necessary to keep serving the needs of the community. This deal ensures the preservation of a wide range of services for special needs children offered on-site.

Present

Silver Creek continues to provide support for children with special needs.

Testimonials

Amy De Domenico

My two hearing impaired daughters were placed in classrooms with excellent peer language role models to assist in their language and articulation development. They received individualized programs to meet their needs. Silver Creek prepared them well for mainstream kindergarten. We are forever grateful.

Angela Pires

Silver Creek has given my son the tools that are necessary to succeed in school, and in life. Their patience and love have guided my son to develop in ways that words can’t describe. He is a confident individual who thrives on challenges and I thank Silver Creek for that. Actually, I thank all the members of Silver Creek for all they have done. It is truly a great place to be.

Linda and Darcy DeMonte

The staff at Silver Creek are wonderful people and amazing at what they do. They are a great resource to have as well; very knowledgeable, willing and able to help us as parents through the complicated process of raising a child with special needs. Thank you Silver Creek

Maryanne Tecimer

Our twins started at Silver Creek in the fall of 2009. I knew they were in excellent hands and I saw them progress so rapidly. I was very concerned about their development prior to starting Silver Creek and in no time, they were at the same level as the rest of their peers. The impact the staff at Silver Creek has had on our children has been tremendous. We are happy that our twins will benefit from another year under their guidance.

The Gedi Family

Fadhil has become a more confident boy ready to take on the world. He is able to sign and communicate his needs very efficiently. I am no longer worried about how he will do in school because of the great accomplishments that I have seen while he was at Silver Creek. Thank you for giving us courage and strength.

Farah Fua and Roy Ramnarine

The one-on-one attention, the follow through notes that the OT, the Speech and Language therapist or the music teacher, and everyone that’s involved is phenomenal. Silver Creek staff, you possess the healing hands and big hearts for looking after the welfare of our child in the areas we don’t know how.

Julie Guzzo

Silver Creek is a wonderful, caring and enriching experience for pre-schoolers. The program met our expectations (which were high!) because we had spoken with other parents whose children previously attend Silver Creek Pre-School. The teachers and staff exceeding our expectations.

Anonymous

The staff at Silver Creek have definitely exceeded my expectations in every way. They genuinely care about the children and work tirelessly every day for the benefit of the children. They also have a wealth of knowledge and have become my trusted advisers whenever I have questions or concerns about my child.

Maya Dansereau

I will never forget the moments when interacting with my children’s teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapist and volunteers how obvious it was they were fulfilling their truest calling in supporting them and all children. I feel profoundly lucky and grateful knowing that my children’s path forward is brighter now because of them.

Christopher Graci, 4 years old

The things I like about Silver Creek: 1. Playing on the computer 2. Playing dress-up with my friends 3. I like when the teachers read books to me 4. I also liked to spend time with Bill. He used to tell me jokes.They were very, very, very, very funny. 5. My favourite activity was listening to music