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YMCA of Northern Alberta chosen by Government of Alberta to operate nineteen child care sites offering $25/day child care under expanded government-funded program


The Government of Alberta has signalled its confidence in the YMCA as an experienced and trusted leader in delivering high-quality, affordable, and accessible early learning and child care in Alberta.  As the largest provider of not-for-profit licensed child care in Alberta, the Province selected 29 YMCA Child Care Centres across the province to deliver $25/day child care under an expanded government-funded program:
·YMCA Calgary – 7 Child Care Centres
·YMCA of Lethbridge – 1 Child Care Centres
·YMCA of Medicine Hat – 2 Child Care Centres
·YMCA of Northern Alberta – 19 Child Care Centres

In granting this funding to YMCAs in Alberta, the government is recognizing our collective expertise in providing developmentally-appropriate and curriculum-based child care throughout the province. 

The YMCA of Northern Alberta was awarded nineteen (19) $25/day Child Care Centre grants at the following locations:

Grande Prairie: 3 locations

  1. YMCA Clairmont Child Care
  2. YMCA Patterson Child Care
  3. YMCA St. John II Child Care (Opening September 2018)

Fort McMurray: 1 location

  1. YMCA Birchwood Child Care

Edmonton: 15 locations

  1. YMCA Beaverbrook Child Care (Spruce Grove)
  2. YMCA Castle Downs Child Care
  3. YMCA Citadel Child Care (St. Albert)
  4. YMCA Clareview Child Care
  5. YMCA Devonshire Child Care
  6. YMCA Ellwood Child Care
  7. YMCA Jamie Platz Child Care
  8. YMCA Kipnes Child Care
  9. YMCA Norwood Child Care
  10. YMCA Parkallen Child Care
  11. YMCA Shirley Stollery Child Care
  12. YMCA St. Gabriel Child Care
  13. YMCA St. Monica Child Care (Opening September 2018)
  14. YMCA Westglen Child Care
  15. YMCA William Lutsky Child Care

“The opportunity to offer more affordable child care helps us create the impact we want to have in the community, particularly to advance positive child, youth, and family development,” says Nick Parkinson, YMCA of Northern Alberta President & CEO.  “We thank the province for entrusting our charity with this additional investment to support families through child care that is high-quality, affordable, and accessible.”

The YMCA of Northern Alberta currently provides child care services to over 897 children, aged 12 months to 5 years of age in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Fort McMurray (Wood Buffalo) each week. 

Families seeking information on this opportunity should visit our website ( for more information on how to register.

Our national YMCA Playing to Learn© curriculum for children from infancy to age six marked a milestone in early learning pedagogy, establishing play as essential to school readiness and the healthy social and cognitive development of all children.

The YMCAs in Alberta, and across the country, are well positioned to continue to grow and lead in the area of child care and early learning, harnessing opportunities created by growing demand and government investments.

About the YMCA of Northern Alberta

The YMCA of Northern Alberta is a charity dedicated to building healthy communities.  For 111 years, the YMCA of Northern Alberta has been committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth, and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community.

For more Information or interview opportunities, please contact:            

Nick Parkinson| President and CEO, YMCA of Northern Alberta
(780) 423-9600|

Annalise Yuzda| Vice President, Child Care, YMCA of Northern Alberta
(780) 429-5716|



  • Visit the Government of Alberta website ( for the names and locations of the ELCC Centres.

  • Parents may also contact the Alberta Supports Contact Centre (1-877-644-9992) or email for general inquiries.