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Child Care Services (Early Learning and School Age Programs)

The YMCA provides an essential service to the families in the community through Child Care Programs, which deliver a stimulating learning experience to children in safe environments. The early years are vital to a child’s development. Tremendous care and respect are given to all programs and environments in appreciation of the privilege given to us to support and influence each child’s development while in our care. There is opportunity within YMCA Child Care Services to enrich and strengthen family life through the experiences shared and partnerships formed.


Our Vision: Providing opportunities to families and children by investing in community partnerships and promoting healthy living through accessible and sustainable quality programming.


Nutritious and Balanced Lunches & Snacks

YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum

YMCA of Three Rivers Child Care - SERC 

Ages: 3 months to 3.8 years

Hours: 6:30am-6:00pm

220 Oakdale Avenue

Stratford, ON


Supervisor: Maggie Curtis  maggie.curtis@ytr.ymca.ca

YMCA of Three Rivers Child Care - DOWNIE

Ages: 2.5 years-3.8 years

Hours: 7:00am-6:00pm

204 Downie Street

Stratford, ON


Supervisor: Ashley Jasper  ashley.jasper@ytr.ymca.ca


YMCA of Three Rivers Child Care - SPRUCEDALE 

Family Grouping Ages: 3 months-12 years

Hours: 7:00am-5:45pm

2215 Fraser Street South

Shakespeare, ON


Supervisor:Lexi Wintemute lexi.wintemute@ytr.ymca.ca


YMCA School Age Programs and Extended Day JK/SK Programs

Ages: 3.8 yrs to 12 yrs – Opens 6:30/7:00am and closes 5:45/6:00pm (Varies by specific site)

Licensed Before and After school programs – Sessions run September to June each year.

Extended Day Programs are offered as awarded by the School Board for specific sites with intentional links to Full Day Learning Extended Day Curriculum guidelines. Extensions of their school day are evident in program activities and philosophies.

School Age Programs are child focused and provide opportunities for social interaction, creative experiences and physical activity. Program requirements include daily Physical Activity and Nutrition opportunities and child directed interests made available based on interactive programming that includes the children’s input. Children may also choose to do their homework on their own. All programs maintain safe environments and follow the Safe Schools Act to ensure each child has a positive experience. Programs may occasionally involve interactions with other community agencies and programs to enhance experiences. All Stratford programs participate in swim and gym schedules with the YMCA.

Programs are available by separate registration for all School PA Days and Breaks.


Supervisor at Bedford, Jeanne Sauvé, Shakespeare

Angela Charbonneau angela.charbonneau@ytr.ymca.ca



Supervisor at Avon, Hamlet, Romeo

Krystle Linden  krystle.linden@ytr.ymca.ca



YMCA Ready, Set, Go! JK/SK Summer Programs 6:30am - 5:30pm


Programs dedicated to the unique needs and development of JK/SK children.
Delivered in local public schools, the program offers exposure to the large buildings, interaction with school personnel and supports your children in building their confidence and independence in a school like environment.

Program Expectations will be supported through a play-based learning environment in a school setting. Open-ended and exploratory settings will enhance child focused planned and spontaneous activities to encourage optimal learning and skill development unique to each child’s interest.


Personal and Social Development
Science and Technology
The Arts
Health and Physical Activity
For more information call Angela Charbonneau at 519-271-0480 or email angela.charbonneau@ytr.ymca.ca.


For further information or inquiries regarding our Child Care Services, Programs and Employment Opportunities, please contact: Child Care Manager, Terri Kendall at 519-271-0480 or E-mail: terri.kendall@ytr.ymca.ca


Our Programs are staffed with Early Learning Professionals who are involved in Continuous Professional Development.  Continuous Professional Development and Professional Reflection ensure our Educators are fully connected to the critical knowledge necessary to support all children and families as individuals and meet a variety of needs through a variety approaches and strategies.


Links and Early Learning Resources for your family:


Supporting Documents


Parent Handbook


Think Feel Act Lessons from Research About Young Children

Early Learning for Every Child Today: ExcerptsFromELECT

How Does LearningHappen?

Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program – The Extended Day Program  http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/kindergarten.html

An Early Years Vision for Ontario: Ministry of Education


The Full-Day Early Learning – Kindergarten Program