$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 YMCAELCC@northernalberta.ymca.ca
For children 12 months - 6 years old
12 months - 6 years: $546
For any child(ren) requiring bus transportation, it is up to the parents to make arrangements for their child(ren) to be escorted into and out of the centre.
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|Archbishop Oscar Romero School
17760 69 AVE
|William Lutsky YMCA
1975 111 ST
Updated April 2019
Program Director, YMCA Jamie Platz Child Care
YMCA Jamie Platz Child Care
7121 178 ST NW
Edmonton, AB T5T 5T9
Frequently Asked Questions
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Early Years Child Care Info
- all staff hold Alberta Child Care Certification
- Playing to Learn Curriculum
- access to outdoor activities
- access to facility gymnasium
- two snacks provided daily (minimum two Canada Food Guide Groups)
- some programs provide lunch (minimum two Canada Food Guide Groups) - contact program director for availability at your centre
- all fieldtrips and special programming are included
- all programs include community involvement activities
YMCA Child Care Objectives
- to provide a warm caring environment which will develop your child’s potential creative, intellectual, emotional, social, and Physical Literacy 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 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
- parents 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
- parent participation is important to YMCA Child Care
YMCA Quality Statement
Parent 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
- children participate in small groups in stimulating activities with teachers
- food is nutritionally balanced
- parent-educator communication is promoted and parents feel welcome in the centre
- sufficient play materials are available
- outdoor play activities are taking place in well maintained play areas
- educators are good role models and have ongoing and appropriate training
- parents have regular feedback about their child
Every child care centre in Alberta is regulated by the Provincial Licensing Standards. Centres are required to meet the mandatory regulations, and are visited regularly by a Licensing Officer to ensure they are in compliance. Reports from these visits are posted in your centre, and are available for parents to view. Any recommendations from these reports are used as an opportunity to improve the centre.
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 centre.
The benefits of an accredited centre:
- attracts families who are looking for a high quality centre
- attracts educators who are looking to work in a quality centre
- the educators receive support funding
All of our centres participate in the Accreditation process. Preschool Accreditation was implemented in 2004, and School-Age Accreditation was launched in 2009. Our centres are at varying stages in the process. Please ask your Director for more information.
Playing to Learn
YMCA Playing to Learn is a national curriculum that helps children in YMCA licensed early years programs discover learning through creative play. This curriculum combines three decades of experience in child care delivery, with the latest body of knowledge on how the brain develops and how children learn. We believe YMCA Playing to Learn is the best approach to ensure a child’s continued enthusiasm and capacity for life-long learning. Educators in your child’s classroom will develop activities based on the children’s interest which will provide them with the foundations of language & literacy, mathematics, science & technology, and the arts, including music, visual arts and dramatic arts. Through this curriculum, your child will develop knowledge, skills and attributes which will help facilitate a smooth transition into the school age environment. Please speak with your centre Director for more detailed information on this exciting curriculum.