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YMCA Child Care: For a Healthy Start in Life

As Canada’s largest child care provider, we know the early years are when the seeds of future success are planted. That’s why our programs are based on a curriculum that fosters the physical, mental and social development of your child. We ensure your kids are kept safe and happy while you’re at work or taking some much-needed time for yourself. Here you’ll find caring and dedicated staff who love to make each day special for your child.

Playing to Learn

YMCA Playing to Learn is a national YMCA curriculum that helps children discover learning through creative play and aligns with primary school benchmarks. YMCA Playing to Learn is intended to ensure a child’s continued enthusiasm and capacity for life-long learning. It provides an understanding of how play offers the foundation for learning to read and write, and for learning mathematics, science and technology. It provides early childhood educators with the skills to prepare spaces more conducive to learning and best practices to encourage quality learning experiences. Learn more by downloading the YMCA Playing to Learn Brochure.


We’ve been in the child care business for over 20 years. Our philosophy has remained the same.



YMCA child care centres use the national YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. This play-based curriculum is designed to maximize children’s learning by actively engaging them in small group, play-based experiences that are developmentally appropriate..

Activities encompass all developmental areas and support children in school readiness and in becoming life-long learners. Program options, including onsite enhancement activities and field trips for older children, are included.


Relationships form the foundation for all that occurs within the child care setting. Children learn about YMCA Calgary’s four core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. Children practice behaviours that support social skill development, emotional competence and community engagement.


Our program teaches kids to value health, nutrition and activity. We encourage healthy eating and dedicate time throughout each day to incorporate and encourage age-appropriate movement. Through intentional activities, we begin to build the foundation for physical literacy (the skills and confidence required to participate in any physical activity or sport and to be active for life!)


Child Care & Early Education

Our early years programs and services help kids get a great start in life. We offer short-term child minding services, full-day child care and multi-day preschool programs. Time at the YMCA will help your child build important social and physical foundational skills, value an active and healthy life, and have a positive, safe place to belong and grow!


YMCA Child Care Centres

Our licensed child care centres are staffed by professional, qualified and experienced caregivers who apply best practices in healthy child development and play-based learning.

Learn about YMCA Child Care Centres


YMCA Child Minding

YMCA Calgary offers child minding services for up to 2 hours while a parent/guardian is using YMCA facilities. Caregivers engage children using age-appropriate activities and positive guidance techniques.

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YMCA Preschool

The preschool years are exciting times—children are growing quickly and elementary school is just around the corner! Our Preschool programs provide vital learning opportunities in a safe, nurturing environment.

Learn about YMCA Preschool