Early Learning and Care

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Young child and YMCA staff member playing with blocks in a YMCA Child Care centre.

At the YMCA we celebrate play as the primary vehicle for learning and development in the early years. Our Educators are trained in YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum as well as Flight: Alberta's Early Learning and Care Framework to harness the power of play in these critical years of your child's development. At the YMCA of Northern Alberta, your child will be celebrated as a mighty learner and citizen while developing the pro-social and academic skills essential to their early years.

For information on subsidy, please visit alberta.ca/child-care-subsidy.aspx.

Community Options Partnerships

Community Preschool Education Program

We're excited to announce our partnership with Community Options! Community Options proudly offer services in community-based programs (such as our Y!) for children with special learning needs. Their diverse team includes certified teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other professionals. 

Community Options is offering their Community Preschool Education Program at most Early Learning & Care centres in Edmonton! This program is funded by Alberta Education Program Unit Funding (PUF) for preschool-aged children who have been diagnosed with developmental delays, disorders, and medical diagnoses that impact their ability to successfully participate in classroom settings.

YMCA of Northern Alberta logo with Community Options logo

Registration & Waitlists

We currently have spaces available at most Early Learning and 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.

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