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YMCA Child Care and COVID-19

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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 Western Canada’s largest provider of non-profit daycare, 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 over 60 day care programs for infants to children 12 years of age, across Northern and Central Alberta.



Registration & Waitlists

We currently have spaces available at most Early Learning Child Care, Kindercare, and Before and After School Care programs throughout northern and central Alberta! Using the location tool, find a YMCA Child Care Centre near you and call our team to learn more about how you can register your child today.

If you are looking for YMCA Child Care in the future or would like to join an existing waitlist, please visit northernalberta.ymca.ca/ChildCareWaitlists.


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.
  • A wide range of physical activities offered to promote healthy development.
  • Family events held throughout the year to celebrate special occasions.
  • A monthly newsletter to keep you up-to-date on the events happening each month.

Child Care Matters

One of the things this pandemic has taught us is just how critical affordable, accessible, high quality child care is to our social infrastructure. All children deserve quality early learning, and Albertan parents need these spaces available to be able to work to support their families. Learn more about why we think child care matters at northernalberta.ymca.ca/ChildCareMatters.




YMCA Child Care programs are required to meet the standards outlined in the Early Learning and Child Care Act and the Early Learning and Child Care Regulation and are visited regularly by a Licensing Officer to ensure programs are in compliance. Reports from these visits are posted in a location that is visible in the programs and is available for families to read. Any recommendations from these reports are used as an opportunity to improve the program.

Early Years and Care 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.

Before and After School Care programs are licensed for children ages Kindergarten to Grade 6. Some out-of-school care programs are licensed for children not yet in school. Licensing requires children to remain in Kindercare until their first day of grade 1. Certain programs may only offer care for children in grades 1-6.