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YMCA Child Care & COVID-19
May 19, 2020
We know you have questions about your child's care and the reopening of some of our YMCA Child Care centres. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us with your questions, and thank you for your patience. We apologize for the delay in responding to you directly. We have been compiling all questions and comments from families and have developed a Frequently Asked Questions document, which we hope will address your concerns.

Please review these Frequently Asked Questions, and if you feel your question has not been addressed, please email again and we will look to provide you with additional information.

Thank you again for your patience and take care,

Your YMCA Child Care Team

We know childhood is a special time when the seeds of future success are planted. YMCA Child Care encourages the physical, mental and social development of your child.

As Canada’s largest child care provider, the health and well-being of your child is at the core of everything we do. At the Y, you'll find caring and dedicated staff who make every day a special day for your child.

YMCA of Northern Alberta operates 72 child care programs for infants to children 12 years of age (programs vary by location).

Early years care
 School aged care
Grades 1–6
Builds on the natural desire to learn new things, become more self-reliant and interact with others. Provides care for children who attend a part-time Kindergarten program. Fills time before and after school and during breaks, constructively and creatively.

YMCA Child Care offers an array of benefits for your child:

  • Daily communication and feedback between families and staff.
  • Nutritious, allergen aware morning and afternoon snacks.
  • School-age care provided during non-school days and holidays.
  • Special events and field trips.
  • Wide range of physical activities offered to promote healthy development.
  • Family events held throughout the year to celebrate special occasions.
  • Monthly newsletter to keep you up-to-date on the events happening each month.


YMCA Child Care is required to meet mandatory licensing regulations and is visited regularly by a provincial licensing officer to ensure programs are in compliance. Reports from these visits are posted in a location that is visible in the programs, and are available for families to read. Any recommendations from these reports are used as an opportunity to improve.

YMCA Early Years Child Care is licensed for children up to 6 years of age. YMCA School Aged Care is licensed for children aged Kindergarten to Grade 6. Children must be school attendees to participate in a school aged program.


The purpose of Accreditation in Alberta is to raise the standard of child care in the Province and improve best practices. Accreditation is a voluntary process, and involves great dedication on the part of the Educators and the program.

The benefits of accreditation are:

  • Provides families with a high-quality program
  • Attracts educators who are looking to work in a quality program
  • Educators receive support funding

All YMCA programs participate in the accreditation process.