libbie cowan childcare centre



Our "Learn Through Play" philosophy encourages the children to freely explore their surroundings. Our program is child-directed and teacher supported. The primary goal of our centre is to provide the children with a warm and respectful place where they feel safe and content. We celebrate the importance of social relationships and promote meaningful and collaborative learning. Throughout the day, children will have a variety of activities available to them including outdoor play, fun in the gym, music classes and creative activities. Our classrooms will be rich with sensory exploration and age-appropriate toys and materials.


We hope to inspire a journey, not a destination, that is not linear or prescriptive, and that reflects the ongoing evolution of a discipline. A central part of the process is our Sheva Learning Communities, in which our early childhood educators network with each other in dialogue over the core elements, exemplary practices, critical incidents, knots in their work and more. 

Seven Core Elements of Sheva 
The Sheva Early Learning Framework is coherent with the culture and teachings of Judaism in everyday life, values and principles. The Jewish lenses serve as a tool, a prism through which we overlay our traditions, our study, and our Jewish philosophy. The core elements are the fundamental components of our early childhood programs and are deeply rooted in the latest research on child development.

  1. Children as Constructivist Learners

  2. Early Childhood Directors as Visionaries

  3. Early Childhood Educators as Professionals

  4. Families as Engaged Partners

  5. Environments as Inspiration for Inquiry

  6. Discover CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) as Sh’mirat HaGuf (taking care of our bodies)

  7. Israel as a Source and Resource

These lenses articulate our approach to our work. They inspire as much as they inform. Ideally, they are manifested daily in our centre: in the ways in which we structure our time, our curricula, and our classrooms; the quality of our relationships with our students, our faculties, our host institutions; and the partnerships we forge with the families in our communities. They improve and sharpen our vision, and enable us to see our world more clearly and in a particularly focused way. Judaism is not exclusively a matter of the “what” or “when” in the world of ritual and faith, but includes the deeper matters of the “how” and “why” of the totality of our lives and our relationships to the world as a whole. It welcomes diversity, inclusion, reflection, and innovation. For each lens, there is a Hebrew word that captures the essence of the lens, a literal translation of the Hebrew, and a more interpretive word or phrase, which illuminates our understanding of the core value within each category.

Although Sheva is based on Jewish lenses, the values that they portray are universal and inclusive to all.



Our teaching staff is made up of both Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) and experienced Educational Assistants.  Our educators are hired based on their experience, passion for children and their belief in our centre’s philosophy. They are all nurturing, warm and compassionate individuals with strong ethics and a commitment to professionalism.

The staff to child ratio is 1:5, and is strictly maintained in accordance with Childcare and Early Years.

Cathy Indig 
Director, Early Childhood Education

Cathy Indig is a graduate of Seneca College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education and also has a Bachelor of Education degree from Brock University. Cathy has been in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) field for 32 years.  She spent 16 years teaching Preschool and Junior Kindergarten at a school in Thornhill. She has been at the MNjcc as Director of ECE since 2005.  Other work experiences include training teenagers on how to work with children; was the Assistant Director of an overnight camp and has also taught Early Childhood Education to adults at Seneca College.  Cathy is married and has 2 children and 4 grandchildren.  Her interests include reading, creative projects, travelling and spending time with her family.

Sara Zamikoff Pavars

Admin Assistant, Early Childhood Education

Sara has been in the field of early childhood education for over six years and has worked in a JCC preschool setting as well as at a Reform synagogue preschool. She is an enthusiastic and dedicated educator with a solid grasp of students’ educational and developmental needs. Her approach is warm and attentive and she believes in educating the whole child – mind, heart and soul. Sara’s other professional endeavours include a decade of owning and operating a women’s fashion & lifestyle boutique in Miami. Outside of work, Sara enjoys spending time with her husband, Edgar, and their dog (Fiona) and cat (Rae). She is also a dedicated yoga student and loves to bake.

Tiffany Bien

Assistant Director, Early Childhood Education


Tiffany graduated from Seneca College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2001. She then completed the Early Childhood Administration program at Seneca College in 2006. Tiffany has 20 years of experiences in the ECE field, ranging from teaching to supervising,  to being a quality assurance director. Tiffany loves children, understands the importance of child-directed learning, and believes in building strong family relationships.

Tiffany enjoys spending her downtime relaxing with her husband Joshua and their daughter.



Monday - Friday 

7:30 am - 6:00 pm (inclusive of before and aftercare)


Due to COVID-19, hours will be 8:00 am - 5:00 pm until further notice.


The Childcare Centre is open year-round but closes on the following days:

  • Statutory holidays

  • Rosh Hashana (if it falls on a weekday)

  • Yom Kippur (if it falls on a weekday)

  • The first two days of Passover (if they fall on weekdays)

  • The Friday before Family Day

  • 1 Professional Development Day

  • 1 week each August

  • The week between Christmas and New Years




The monthly fee as of September 1, 2021 is $1782.00 + 2% CIF$1,817.64

A deposit of one month's fee will be used towards your final month’s payment. You will be billed on the last day of each month for the following month. You may cancel at any time and finish out the next month that you have already paid for with your deposit. No deposit is required until you receive confirmation of a spot for your child(ren). Deposits are non-refundable once you have accepted a spot in the program; there are no fee deductions for absences. MNjcc reserves the right to change these conditions with 60 days’ notice.


Spots will be offered based on the date of the request for admission. Priority will be given to siblings of children already enrolled in the Libbie Cowan Childcare Centre and the Thomas & Marjorie Schwartz Preschool Centre.

MNjcc Waitlist Policy

The Libbie Cowan Childcare Centre and The Thomas & Marjorie Schwartz Preschool Centre hope to be able to offer spots to all those that apply. Unfortunately, due to Ministry restrictions on numbers and room sizes, this is not always possible. 

We do not hold spots for babies who have not yet been born. Please wait until your baby is born and then contact us.


If you have any questions and/or are interested in touring our childcare centre, please fill out the contact form below.      


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750 Spadina Ave. (at Bloor)

Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J2

Phone: 416.924.6211
Fax: 416.924.0422

Charitable Registration Number:
140344243 RR0001

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