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April 25, 2018 - In partnership with the Provincial government 19 YMCA Early Years Child Care centres will offer $25/day child care ($546/month).  Please see FAQ for more info or email

Have questions about YMCA Child Care? We've got answers!

Depending on the location, YMCA Child Care Centers offer full time, part time and drop-in care. When our centers are at their maximum capacity and have a waitlist for care, YMCA Child Care programs will only offer full-time care. Early Years programs typically only offer full-time care due to the high demand for care for children 5 years and younger. You can view the options for care available at each centre on our website.


Families  need to contact the location they are interested in registering at and will be given the option to join the waitlist or register for the program.  YMCA Child Care centres will provide a comprehensive orientation to families, including a tour, access to our policies and introductions to the Educators, to endure they are making informed decisions about their child's care.

All children must have a fully completed Registration Package prior to beginning care.

Each program has a visible and constant routine that is familiar to Educators, families and children. The schedule is posted for parent/guardians. The daily routine includes active and quiet times, time with friends and time to play alone.  Many opportunities are given to children to interact individually or as part of a group.  YMCA programs offer interest based activities in the following areas: arts, crafts, music and movement, science, blocks and construction/manipulatives, literacy and numeracy, community and culture, sensory, technology, character and asset building, core values, dramatic, risky and outdoor play.

Non-school days in Out of School Care will be enhanced with fieldtrips/outings, special visitors, workshops/courses or events and/or additional programmed activity times.

Outdoor play is a mandatory part of our daily programming, weather permitting.

Our dedicated qualified, Educators are carefully chosen and have the appropriate educational background to ensure quality care and are required to have or obtain Certification from the Government of Alberta:

  • Child Development Assistant (Level 1)
  • Child Development Worker (Level 2)
  • Child Development Supervisor (Level 3).

Educators are selected based on their education, experience working with children and willingness to learn and grow within the YMCA.  Educators have personal qualities of friendliness, warmth, and the ability to relate openly to children and adults.  The YMCA has a Hiring and Orientation Process where policies and proceedures are reviewed, and Educators are required to acknowledge and document their understanding of the process.  Educators are screened using resume, interviews, three reference checks and Police Intervention Clearance with vulnerable sector search.

The YMCA is committed to helping children grow to their fullest potential in a safe, caring and nurturing environment.  Educators are to practice proactive, prevention and intervention Child Guidance strategies, while avoiding prohibited practices.  All Child disciplinary action taken must be reasonable for the circumstances that are occurring.

The YMCA also focuses on providing opportunities for children to practice independence, autonomy, personal choice, empathy towards others and a sense of responsibility for their actions. Problem solving skills will help children to learn ways to cope with difficulties and frustrations.

YMCA Child Care programs are committed to communicating with families, children, educators, schools and community members in a respectful and professional manner to facilitate positive relationships and create an optimum Child Care experience.

The YMCA has encouraged family input into our programs. We appreciate that parent/guardians want to spend time interacting with their child in the Child Care environment and encourage short visits. During drop off we ask that parent/guardians take 5-10 minutes and settle their child into an activity and then say good-bye or to join for 5-10 minutes at the end of their day.  To ensure that there are minimal interruptions to the daily routine there may be times when a parent/guardian is asked to shorten their visit.  To ensure that families can communicate in a supportive and thorough way, we may ask that a meeting be scheduled to allow us to meet outside of the classroom environment.  To support the transition to care we encourage pre-enrollment visits, where the parent/guardian must accompany the child, to give children and families an opportunity to spend time in the program.  We do ask that these be scheduled with the program.

Items that pertain to all families will be made available on a consistent basis:

  • Licensing, Accreditation and Alberta Health Reports
  • Programming
  • Programming Documentation
  • Notification of program Educator changes
  • Menus
  • Program Changes (hours, Off Site excursions etc.)
  • Community Resources
  • Program Information Booklets
  • Health Care Notices
  • Off Site Excursions and Special Activities
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Newsletters

Parent/guardians are encouraged to communicate their questions and concerns to their child’s Educators.  

Educators will take care to acknowledge families when they arrive and leave the program and take each opportunity to offer relevant information about their child’s day.  All potentially sensitive issues will be discussed with families in a non-public place.

Each year, parent/guardian evaluations are provided to all our families.  These evaluations help identify which areas families value in a Child Care program, and ask parent/guardians to rate and comment on each area of the program’s operation.  This input is then used to create meaningful changes within our programs. 

The YMCA will host Family Focus Meetings twice annually to discuss issues of importance pertaining to Child Care.  The meeting will also provide parent/guardians with the opportunity to offer feedback regarding the operation of the program.  An agenda will be distributed to families prior to the meeting.

Information gleaned from parent/guardians will be reviewed at meetings and by Child Care Management and changes to the program may be made accordingly.  All comments and suggestions will be considered on an individual basis.

Waitlists are organized individually by each center. Every location has a different process dependent upon the volume of families that have to be waitlisted. It is best to contact the centre you are interested in attending to see what their waitlist policy is.

All centers regardless of location will charge a waitlist fee and provide a tour to each family added to the waitlist.  Waitlist spaces generally become available in July and September.

Waitlists are also categorized into different priorities.  We will accept children into our programs following specific criteria:

  • Children of YMCA Staff.
  • Siblings of children already attending your program.
  • Siblings of children attending another YMCA Child Care Center.
  • Transfers from another YMCA Child Care Center.
  • General public waitlist.

All YMCA Child Care programs accept subsidized families. Families can apply for subsidy by clicking below.

It is the responsibility of families to have their subsidy in place prior to registration.  It is also the responsibility of families to renew, communicate and/or provide updates to Government Subsidy, as required.  Should the program not receive confirmation of subsidy approval, families are required to pay full fees.  Should the approval be backdated, we will credit families’ account for the subsidy amount.  Should a child not attend the required hours, families are responsible for paying the balance owing which will be automatically deducted with the next Pre-Authorized Fee Withdrawal.


The YMCA does not have hourly rates. Drop in care may be available at certain centers for AM’s, PM’s and Full Days. Please refer to the individual center pages for more information.