Early Learning Child 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 Early Childhood 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.

Early Learning Child Care Programs
Infant Care

Designed for children 0–18 months, infant care explores the world around us indoors and outdoors, through song and stories, discovering creative and sensory materials and imitation play!

Toddler Care

Designed for children 19–35 months, toddler care explores the world around us indoors and outdoors, through music and movement, discovering creative and sensory material, puzzles, stories, blocks, dramatic play and learning to play with others!

Preschool Care

Designed for children 3–6 years, preschool care explores the world around us indoors and outdoors, enhanced introduction to the arts (visual, dramatic and music), discovering science, engaging in mathematics and literacy activities, developing social skills, gross and fine motor skills, and problem-solving!

Weemarkable™ — a YMCA Child Care app!

Our Early Childhood Educators use our YMCA Child Care app, Weemarkable™ to give you a first-hand look into your child's day, wherever you are! At just a tap, you can

  • view photos and play highlights of your child engaged in learning
  • read daily educator observations about their play, nap and meals
  • receive direct messages and important notifications from your educators
  • add additional followers, such as grandparents, to your child’s profile and customize the content they can view

Learn more about this app at weemarkable.ca today!

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Community Preschool Education Program

We've partnered with Community Options to provide more opportunities for children to thrive! 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 Child 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. Learn more about their assessments below!


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The YMCA accepts the Government of Alberta Child Care Subsidy to offset the cost of child care for eligible families. To learn more about the Government of Alberta's subsidy program and apply, please visit alberta.ca/child-care-subsidy.

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Please note, subsidy is not included in the child care rates as it varies by family. Subsidy will be applied to monthly fees, where applicable. 

Affordability grant

The government's Affordability Grant can reduce your child care fees by up to 50% for Early Learning Child Care up to Kindercare!

The Government of Alberta’s Affordability Grant benefits families with children registered for six or more days per month at all Early Learning and Kindercare locations as monthly fees will be reduced by the following: 

Child care category Infant
(0–18 months) 
(19 months–35 months)
Preschool (3–6 years)
and Kindercare
Registered 11 or more days per month 
$635 $510 $450
Registered 6–10 days per month 
$317.50 $255 $225

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.

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    Before & After School Care

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