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Charlotte Kanavos

Charlotte Kanavos

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies
Year of Graduation: 1977
Program: Early Childhood Education

Changing Her Part of the World

In 1986, Charlotte Kanavos was driving down the 401 with her six-month-old in the car after dropping off her older child to an in-home home day care in Mississauga. Anxious to ensure her children were looked after as she drove to her job in Toronto, she thought, “I have to change this. I will open my own day care facility.”

And so Caring for Kids was born: a non-profit agency which has grown to become a source of reliable and affordable private home and centre-based child care for families throughout the Peel Region.

Over the decades Charlotte has seen much change in early childhood education. Most welcome is the increased respect the profession has gained as society realizes the importance of quality care, says Charlotte. In turn, the advent of full-day kindergarten in Ontario offers a bigger role for early childhood educators. The province has also established a governing body to accredit early childhood educators who can now take advantage of enhanced credentials, including Sheridan’s Bachelor of Applied Arts-Early Childhood Leadership.

“It’s an exciting time now that so much is going on in the profession,” says Charlotte. However, wages in the sector still need to catch up, she adds. “As always, you must choose this career for the right reasons – mainly a passion for educating young children.”

A Mississauga native, Charlotte was determined to impact the lives of young children since her college days. “I came out of Sheridan very idealistic, ready to change the world. I learned that you may not be able to change the entire world but you can work to improve one part of it.”

A founding member of the Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP), Charlotte also takes pride in helping connect the region’s child caregivers. “It excites me to see the number of people collaborating and mentoring. The community has benefitted and I like to think I have been part of that change.”