Dandelion Daycare Coop was founded in September of 2007 by a group of progressive parents.

They were interested in being active participants in the day-to-day raising of their children and collectively exploring issues of social justice and community building.

Early planning meetings included all the kids, which helped to develop a sense of community among the families. This has continued throughout the life of the Co-op through meetings, duty days and celebrations, and also through socializing during drop off and pick up.

The original location was in a member’s basement apartment, which was converted into the daycare space. The name ‘Dandelion’ was chosen because of its natural/environmental connotations, and also because everyone liked the idea of a ‘beautiful weed.’

‘Cooperative’ was incorporated into the name to reflect the community-based nature of the project.