Palisades Program Offerings

Palisades Centres for Early Learning has 7 beautiful and bright classrooms in a private building just off Finch Ave. We have floor to ceiling windows that provide natural light throughout our space. We are lucky to be surrounded by a lot of mature trees and our beautiful playground is spacious, fenced and contains a variety of surfaces for play. We boast ample space for children to run and explore. Palisades Centres for early Learning has monthly Yoga classes for toddlers to school age and facilitates tennis lessons in the summer for school aged children.

  • We are a dedicated team of Trusted Registered Early Childhood Educators and dedicated Early Childhood Assistants
  • Security door and alarm systems at every entrance
  • We are a Nut free facility
  • Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 7am-6pm
  • In order for your child to maximize their learning by participating in all areas of our program, we encourage you to bring your child in at 9:30am
  • Full and Part Time care available to fit your needs


15 San Romano Way, Downsview, ON, M3N 2Y9

416-663-4431 | 416-663-1441

Ages Served: Infants to School Age

Hours of Operation

Staff at Palisades

Director Bio

Name: Ilena Vuaran

Position: Director

Start Date: August 30, 2004

Graduated from: Seneca College

What are you passionate about: My Italian culture – I love the language, food, fashion and art and especially travelling to visit my family in Italy

One quirky fact about you: I am a perfectionist which is my Virgo trait – If I feel something is not perfect in my eyes, I will redo it until it is

Your favourite Quote or one that is meaningful to you? “Everything happens for a reason”


Assistant Director Bio

Name: Andrea Leach

Position: Assistant Director

Start Date: May 1, 1996

Graduated from: Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology

Any other degrees/ qualifications: Registered Early Childhood Educator, Qualified Resource Teacher

What are you passionate about: Passionate about serving the Lord with the purest heart. Helping children to achieve the best to their potential and ability

One quirky fact about you: I am VERY picky of who and where I eat from-I always wonder if the forks are clean and if the glasses are washed!

Your favorite Quote or one that is meaningful to you?


  • My son started daycare at 1 year of age, spending the first year of his life at home during the lockdown.  It wasn’t easy as many other kids, however, staffs at Dawes Road CEL were so helpful and caring he eventually got it easy within the first 3 weeks. The staff members were very supportive and kept me updated with his progress. Especially the himama app helped me be informed of all his activities throughout the day.

    I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to the staff and management of the center for taking care of my son.


  • The last two and a half years have been wonderful for Asharib. I still remember the 1st day when I dropped him at daycare and how scared we both were. But he had learned so much in the past 2 years & I am glad that I decided to send him to Lori Gardens. Special thanks to all of Asharib’s teachers for taking such good care of him teaching him manners and always trying to make his day fun & exciting. Thank you so much for everything!

  • 45 years of excellence is a great achievement. Congratulations! We will continue to support your growth. Together stronger!

    Kyle & Kendrick’s Family

  • Happy 45th Anniversary to the Dawes Road Center for Early Learning staff team.

    Adonias & Genet

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Centres for Early Learning operates 9 different locations across the GTA, offering subsidized and full fee spaces child care programs for children from infancy to school age. For 44 years, we have been providing high quality care to countless families, many of whom have returned to us with younger siblings, has been both successful and fulfilling. We hope to continue to enrich the lives of children with you!