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 but also through socializing during drop off and pick up.
The original location was in one of the member’s basement apartment, which was converted into the daycare space. The name “Dandelion” was chosen because of its natural/environmental connotations, but also because everyone seemed to like the idea of a “beautiful weed”.
“Cooperative” was also incorporated into the name to reflect the community-based, co-operative nature of the project.