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Did you know...?

The YMCA of Northern Alberta is the largest and most trusted provider of not-for-profit child care in the Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Wood Buffalo regions. We currently operate 74 Child Care programs (making us the largest provider in Western Canada)! As a charity, we make no profit from our Child Care programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about YMCA Child Care? Check our FAQs for the answer!

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NEW Child Care Centre - NOW to Spruce Grove

YMCA Beaverbrook Child Care, located beside Prescott Learning Centre, 344 Pioneer Road, Spruce Grove.

Open now!

Early Years (9 months to 5 years) and School Age (kindergarten to 12 yrs).

Email for more information.

$25/day Early Learning Child Care centres

Nineteen (19) YMCA Early Years Child Care centres have been awarded/selected by the Province of Alberta to deliver $25/day child care under an expanded government-funded program.

For more information on where these centres are and how to register, click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).  For additional information email

There's no job more important in the world than being a parent. But when it's not your only job, our YMCA Child Care programs are here for your family - available for Members and Non-Members (the public).

We know childhood is a special time when the seeds of future success are planted. Our YMCA Child Care programs are based on curriculum that 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 a group of caring and dedicated staff who make every day a special day for your child. The YMCA of Northern Alberta operates 71 Child Care programs, and, as a charity, we make no profit from any of our Child Care programs.

We provide child care from birth to 12 years of age, depending on the centre you choose. Each centre places special emphasis on the age group it cares for:

Early Years Child Care
Out of School | Before and After School Care
Grades 1–6
Staff members are aware of developmental stages that go along with early years to guide children’s growth. Builds on the natural desire to learn new things, become more self-reliant and learn to get along with others. Incorporates the YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. Provides care for children who attend a part-time Kindergarten program. Incorporates the Physical Literacy curriculum. Time gaps before and after school can be empty and lonely for kids, or they can be filled constructively and creatively. Incorporates the Physical Literacy curriculum.

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

  • Daily communication and feedback between families and staff (written daily reports in Early Years only).
  • Nutritious, allergen aware morning and afternoon snacks.
  • School-age care provided during non-school days and holidays so parent/guardians are able to continue working.
  • Special events and field trips.
  • Wide range of physical activities offered to promote healthy development.
  • Connections to other families at 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 Mission Statement

The YMCA of Northern Alberta creates life enhancing opportunities for the growth and development of all people in spirit, mind and body.

YMCA Child Care Objectives

  • to provide a warm caring environment which will develop your child’s potential creative, intellectual, emotional, social and physical skills.
  • to provide a safe environment that is a natural progression from home to school.
  • to ensure that your child is cared for and is supervised at all times.
  • to hire educators that are experienced and well trained to provide the best care and enrichment for your child.
  • to provide a communication system that ensures parent/guardian to educators contact throughout the program year.
  • to set fees that allow the Centre to operate at a full cost recovery basis.

YMCA Child Care Values

  • YMCA Child Care is available to everyone regardless of race, sex, religion or economic circumstances.
  • Families have the right to pursue work or education with peace of mind, and children have the right to a secure, safe and developmentally appropriate program.
  • YMCA Child Care families can access additional programs and services that the YMCA provides to support them.
  • Family participation is important to YMCA Child Care.

YMCA Quality Statement

Parent/guardian evaluations, current research, and over 20 years of experience in delivering child care programs have helped us to define our Quality Checklist:

  • Children are happy and involved.
  • Educators have a caring attitude.
  • Centre, equipment and toys are accessible, clean, and safe.


YMCA Child Care programs are required to meet the mandatory Licensing regulations and are visited regularly by a Licensing Officer to ensure programs are in compliance. Reports from these visits are posted in 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 the program.

YMCA Early Years programs are licensed for children up to 6 years of age. The youngest children programs are licensed for varies by site, ranging from 0-3.5 years.

YMCA School Age Care programs are licensed for children ages Kindergarten to Grade 6. Children must be school attendees to participate in a school age program. Certain programs may only offer care for children in grades 1-6.


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

The benefits of an accredited program:

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

All YMCA programs participate in the Accreditation process.


The YMCA is committed to providing children with an opportunity to further their personal development within a responsive and deliberately implemented program. Given the diverse nature and requirements of the communities served, programs may differ in terms of daily structure and routine. However, all share a common philosophy, core values and certain key characteristics that facilitate the provision of high quality Child Care.

YMCA Child Cares are play based programs that use YMCA Canada Playing to Learn and A Place to Connect Curriculum for Early Years and School Aged Programs, respectively. Educators are always prepared to engage children in programming.

Until July 22, online registration will be temporarily unavailable while we switch to our new online experience.  Until then, please call 1-866-421-9622 or come in to your local YMCA to register for any programs, classes, or summer camps.

Early Years Child Care

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Kindercare Child Care

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Out of School | Before and After School Child Care

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