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Child Care Services (Early Learning and School Age Programs)

Stratford YMCA Early Learning and Development Centres

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.


SERC - Ages: 3 months to 3.8 yrs – 6:30am to 6:00pm 

Downie - Ages: 2.5 yrs - 3.8 yrs - 7:00am to 6:00pm 

Nutritious and Balanced Lunches & Snacks;
Emergent Play Based Learning;
Enhanced Programming: Swimming, Multicultural Events;
SERC ELDC  519-273-9622; Supervisor: Krystle Linden Email:  krystle.linden@sp.ymca.ca
Downie ELDC 519-271-0480; Supervisor: Ashley Rose Email: ashley.rose@sp.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)
Full Days operate 6:30am – 6:00pm at selected sites for PA Days and Breaks

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.


E-mail: angela.charbonneau@sp.ymca.ca; maggie.curtis@sp.ymca.ca OR lexi.afrasiyabi@sp.ymca.ca
Locations: Bedford, Avon, Hamlet, Sprucedale, Romeo, Jeanne Sauvé, Shakespeare and St.Aloysuis


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@sp.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@sp.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


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


Program Statement and Parent Handbook