Sandalwood Program Offerings

Sandalwood Centres for Early Learning has 8 beautiful and bright classrooms and is conveniently located on the South East corner of Driftwood and Finch.  We are lucky to be part of a very vibrant and diverse community that has easy access to transit – including a short bus ride to the new subway line, schools and two malls.  We can easily escort Kindergarten and School Age children to Topcliff Public School, York Woods Public School and St. Charles Garnier Catholic School. We facilitate monthly Yoga classes for toddlers to preschool and Wellness activities throughout the year as well as  invite skilled visitors to implement special programs such as Foam Parties, Lego Play, Steel Pans, Magicians, Musical entertainment and more.  We have two separate playground areas which include playground structures and ample space for children to engage in exploration, cooperative play, riding toys and more.  Both spaces are completely fenced/gated to ensure optimal safety.

  • 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


1825 Finch Avenue West, Downsview, ON, M3N 1M7

416-638-0357 | 416-638-3187

Ages Served: Infants to School Age

Hours of Operation

Staff at Sandalwood

Director Bio

Name: Tracy Closs

Position: Director, RECE

Start Date: August 1, 1980

Graduated from: Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Any other degrees/ qualifications: Early Childhood Educator

What are you passionate about:
- Spending quality time with my family and friends
- Helping/supporting others to be the best they can be
- Reading
- Spending time at the cottage, swimming, boating, kayaking/canoeing

One quirky fact about you: I can get very emotional and cry simply watching a touching commercial on TV

Your favorite Quote or one that is meaningful to you? "If we wish to create lasting peace, we must begin with the children." - Mahatma Gandhi


Assistant Director Bio

Name: Ann-Marie Staple

Position: Center Designate

Start Date: September 24, 1997

Graduated from: Seneca College

Any other degrees/ qualifications: ECE Diploma

What are you passionate about:
- Spending time with my family
- My love for children
- Listening to music
- Reading
- Shopping

One quirky fact about you: Always laughing

Your favorite Quote or one that is meaningful to you? “No matter what you are going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel” - Demi Lovato


  • I found the centre very friendly, staff are caring and overall a good environment. Aadi is happy to be at the centre and he loves his teachers. Thanks for caring him and for being his first teachers. Being a mother, I am happy about the services and the care.

    Arijal & Marjusha

  • The staff are excellent and show genuine care. The programme of activities is fantastic. The level of communication from the centre team is great. Ms. Kim is incredible. It looks great…you and your group did a GREAT job!!!! Thank you for all your help.

    Kalkidan Michael

  • At Lori Garden Centre, teachers work very hard to build a loving relationship with the children. The teachers are very professional and phenomenal. Lori Garden Centre puts your mind at ease by creating a nurturing learning environment. My daughter is in the infant class and the teachers are doing an amazing job to assist her. Thanks!

    Lucy N

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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!