An infant at YMCA Child Care plays and smiles.

Choosing a child care provider is a big decision. As Canada’s largest child care provider, we always hear from parents that they want somewhere their child will be safe and well-cared for, where they’ll have fun and learn new things, and most importantly, somewhere they’ll look forward to going to every day.

In other words, a home away from home. And that’s what you’ll find at the YMCA.

Through our Early Learning and Care and Before and After School Care programs, we are nurturing the development of all children to give them the best start possible. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your child is not only having fun and making new friends, but they’re also developing the skills needed to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Discover why YMCA Child Care is much more than you’d expect from a child care centre…we’re the place where children learn, grow and thrive.

Find YMCA Child Care programs near you.

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Programs vary by location and may not be available in all areas.

Learn more about YMCA Child Care Programs

  • Cover page of YMCA National Child Care Positioning Report
    Advocating for high-quality child care for all
    We know that accessible high-quality child care offers children the best start in life and supports families. Learn more about the YMCA’s policy recommendations on how to build a pan-Canadian child care system.
  • Girl writing in YMCA Early Learning and Care program
    YMCA Early Learning and Care

    Our early learning and care programs provide families with high-quality child care for children ages 0-6. Our licensed programs are based on our YMCA Playing to Learn™ curriculum, where our staff support learning through a child’s natural desire to play.

  • Three boys examining art materials in a YMCA before and after school program
    YMCA Before and After School Care

    For school aged children 6-12 years, our before and after school programs guarantee every school day starts and ends on a healthy note! Instead of sitting in front of a screen or being alone, our programs let kids be active, make new friends and explore their interests.