AFCC has provided child care in Ottawa since the early 1920s. The main building, constructed in 1922 at 195 George Street, is Canada's oldest purpose-built child care facility. The Elsie Chan Building provides and additional 3,200 sq.ft of child care space to supplement the main programming. The new building contains two play-activity rooms with a total licensed capacity for 40 children. In addition the centre has a 'front room' which was designed to the same scale and functional organization as a family home, complete with living room, dining area, and kitchen.
The new program spaces at AFCC were designed with social sustainability in mind, fostering social development by providing children with a home-like atmosphere in which to grow. For example, a low counter and sink in the residential-style kitchen allows children hands-on learning opportunities. Large windows with very low sills provide access to natural light and views for children throughout the facility.