YMCA Child Care Re-Activation Update

We hope you and your families are doing well.

We are reaching out to provide a further update regarding the phased in approach to the re-activation of YMCA Child Care.

On July 20th the YMCA re-opened five of its seven Preschool Centres, while closely following the guidelines from Public Health and the Ministry of Education. Effective, Tuesday, September 8, we will re-open our last two remaining preschool centres for toddler and preschool care:

  • YMCA Child Care – Grapeview
  • YMCA Child Care – Glynn A. Green

As we continue to prepare and plan for the re-opening of our licensed School Age Child Care, we continue to work closely with our local School Boards, Niagara Region Children’s Services and local Public Health in developing our approach to deliver a safe and high quality licensed program.

This next phase of re-activating School Age Child Care is complex for the following reasons:

  • Although the Government announced on July 30 that effective September 1 child care can return to regular operations, the Child Care Operational Guidelines related to strict COVID-19 measures were only issued from the Province on August 13
  • In collaboration with our local School Boards, our Niagara Region and local Public Health, we continue to work together related to interpretation of the required guidelines
  • Given that licensed School Age Child Care operates within schools in a shared space environment, aligning our processes and practices with the schools is complex and critical to ensure optimum safety for our children and staff, and requires thoughtful planning
  • As a result of the strict guidelines related to cohorts and necessary additional safety procedures, we must analyze our current child care families’ intentions to return to care against ensuring that we have enough Educators to deliver the service

In light of these reasons, we want to inform you that we will not be re-opening our YMCA School Age Child Care Centres on September 8.  Our phased in approach to re-activating licensed School Age Child Care will begin on Monday, September 21. This re-opening plan will take place over a 6 week period. 

During the week of September 8-11, our Supervisors will be reaching out by phone call to all families that have submitted their online Intention Form regarding when your child’s centre will open based on the 6 week re-activation plan. This call will begin the process to confirm registrations for the child care spaces that we are initially able to offer. If you have not received any communications up to this point, please email customerservice@niagara.ymca.ca so we can update our internal contact list.

In this first phase of re-activation we will prioritize the child care needs of our existing families first.  We will offer any remaining available spaces to new children via child care centre waitlists. To get your child’s name on the waitlist, please register through the Niagara Region Child Care Registry.

We understand that this delay in confirmation of school age care makes it difficult for families to plan, however, please trust that we are committed to keeping you updated on our progress. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this process during these unprecedented times.

A strong foundation for learning in a safe environment

YMCA Child Care supports the healthy growth and development of children and promotes a lifelong appreciation for learning.  Our YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum prepares our youngest children for academic success in the area of language and literacy, math, science and technology and the arts.  Our before and after school programs provide school-age children with a safe, supervised and active experience that fosters social skills and develops a sense of community. All YMCA Child Care programs are licensed under the Child Care and Early Years Act and inspected by the Ministry of Education. Regular internal evaluations ensure quality in child care practices, and a safe, nurturing environment for your child.

Early Learning & Care programs (infant to 4 years)

Early Learning & Care programs operate Monday to Friday from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm, year-round.  Programs are full-day, either full time or part time.  Our qualified educators facilitate play experiences that will help your child develop foundational skills in language and literacy, mathematics, science and technology and the arts.  Nutritious meals and snacks are provided.

Learn about Early Learning & Care programs >

Before & After programs (3.8 to 12 years)

Before & After School programs operate before school from 7:00 am until school starts and after school until 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, September to June.  Our qualified staff provide an active, engaging, fun and child directed program.  Nutritious snacks are offered before and after school. P.A. Day care is offered in select locations.

Learn about Before & After programs >

School Break programs (3.8 to 12 years)

Full-day child care is provided for junior kindergarten age children on school holiday breaks such as Winter Break, March Break, and Summer Break at four locations across Niagara.  School age children aged 5 & up have the opportunity to enjoy YMCA Day Camps.

Learn about YMCA Day Camps >

To place your name on the child care registry list for your chosen YMCA centre, please go to http://niagara.onehsn.com.

YMCA Child Care Parent Handbook >

Program Statement for YMCA of Niagara Child Care >

2020-2021 YMCA Child Care Fee Schedule >