Covid-19 Update

YMCA Child Care programs have begun re-opening. To learn more about programs available, registration and safety measures, visit: theystepsup.ymcagta.org.
An email was sent to all families registered in YMCA child care with instructions for expressing interest in returning to care on July 6, 2020. If you did not receive this important message, please email us immediately at: csac@ymcagta.org.

Conveniently Located in Your Neighbourhood

YMCA Before and After School Care is a Licensed Child Care program that offers children ages 4 to 12 a fun and safe way to begin and end every school day. With over 180 locations throughout the GTA, our Before and After School programs operate from September through June every year.

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About Our Before and After School Programs

Kindergarten Extended Day Program (Ages 4 and 5)

  • Designed for children attending full-day kindergarten (ages 4 to 5)
  • Small Group Ratios - 1:13
  • Program follows the YMCA Playing to Learn™ Curriculum and Ministry of Education Extended Day program guidelines
  • Staff write weekly documentations highlighting learning that occurred during a play experience
  • Daily communications between Registered Early Childhood Educators and school kindergarten teachers provide for a seamless delivery of the program curriculum
  • Opportunities to discover and explore in spaces that support and encourage social, emotional, cognitive and physical development
  • Our Program expands young children's knowledge about:
    • Kindergarten topics
    • Exploring the indoors and outdoors
    • Creating with the arts
    • Discovering science
    • Engaging in mathematics and literacy activities
    • Developing social skills, gross and fine motor skills and problem solving

School Age Programs (Ages 6 to 12)

  • Designed for children Grades 1 through 6 (Aged 6 to 12)
  • Small Group Ratios - 1:15 ( 6-8 years old) or 1:20 (9-12 years old)
  • Program follows the YMCA A Place to Connect™ Curriculum
  • Children are actively engaged with Registered Early Childhood Educators to create program plans based on children’s interests
  • Program provides opportunities for a minimum of 45 minutes of daily physical activity in safe, healthy environments that encourage and guide children to develop friendships
  • Program provides opportunities for leadership development and helping children learn new skills
  • Opportunities for homework assistance
  • Fun, club-like environment that promotes a sense of belonging, with opportunities for children to discover more about themselves and their community

We currently operate:

  • Over 180 Licensed Before and After School locations
  • Programs for children in full-day Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 6
  • Before and After School Care options
  • Lunch programs in select locations
  • Standard hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m to 9:00 a.m & 3:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m (hours may vary depending on your centre)

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