The Provincial Government recently announced that schools across the province will not resume “in-class learning” until Monday, January 25, 2021. The YMCA of Niagara continues to align our programs with the School Boards which means YMCA of Niagara Before and After School Age programs will also not reopen until Monday, January 25, 2021.

School Age Child Care:

We continue to follow the direction from the Ministry of Education and our School Age Programs will commence on the return to school date. As per our policy, parents will not be charged during the closure period when we do not provide child care services.

Preschool Child Care:

Unless we are specifically advised otherwise by the Ministry of Education, YMCA infant, toddler and preschool care will continue to operate as usual. Should there be any change to this plan, we will share this information through our centres, Weemarkable, and our YMCA website.

The safety of our children, families and staff is our first priority. This is a rapidly evolving situation and is subject to change. Please pay attention to the media and monitor the YMCA of Niagara website for further updates.

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

YMCA Child Care Parent Handbook >

Program Statement for YMCA of Niagara Child Care >

2020-2021 YMCA Child Care Fee Schedule >