Early childhood is a special time when the seeds of future success are planted.

Research has shown that the growth and development of a child during the first six years of their life has more influence on their learning, behaviour, and health into adulthood than at any other time.

With this in mind, our YMCA Early Learning and Care programs are designed to nurture the development of your child in all areas through our YMCA Playing to Learn™ curriculum.

What is YMCA Playing to Learn™?

Developed in 2001 by a team of child care experts at the YMCA of Greater Toronto, our YMCA Playing to Learn™ curriculum prepares children ages 0-6 for school and life-long achievement by nurturing their curiosity and development in the most natural way possible…through play!

An integral part of all licensed YMCA early learning child care across Canada since 2007, YMCA Playing to Learn™ aligns with all provincial early learning frameworks adopted to date and is based on research and evidence that shows play is the most effective way that children learn and gain new skills.

Register Your Child

To find a YMCA Playing to Learn™ centre near you, visit the website of your local YMCA. *A YMCA Playing to Learn™ centre may not be available in all areas.