Educator playing with a child at the YMCA

We have spaces available!

YMCA licensed Child Care is one of the best choices you can make for your child. Learn more about how to register here.

Child care staff with children

We're Hiring!

We're looking for energetic people who want to nurture the potential of children in a before and after school setting.

Boy in Child Care

There's no job more important in the world than being a parent. But when it's not your only job, our YMCA Child Care programs are here for your family.

We know childhood is a special time when the seeds of future success are planted. Our YMCA Child Care programs are based on curriculum that encourages the physical, mental and social development of your child.  

As Canada’s largest child care provider, the health and well-being of your child is at the core of everything we do. At the Y, you'll find a group of caring and dedicated educators who make every day a special day for your child.


*Note for Brantford registrants only*
Any new families looking to register in a Brantford Child Care or SACC program, please click here to go on a waiting list for our programs. When a space becomes available, our administrative team will be in contact to discuss registration. You do not need to complete any forms until you have heard from our team.

Early Learning and Care

YMCA Playing to Learn Child Care

Featuring our YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum, our licensed child care centres provide high quality care for your children in a stimulating environment so they can learn, grow and thrive.

We know you can't always be there for your child and that's why we are here for you.

Find your local YMCA to learn more.

Learn about Early Learning and Care

Before and After School Programs

Start and end every school day with the YMCA! Your child can enjoy unique YMCA programming before and after the school bell rings right in your child's school. Children thrive in an environment where everyone belongs, explores, learns and has fun together. That's what you'll find in YMCA School Age Child Care.

Learn about Before and After School Programs

EarlyON Child & Family Centre

EarlyON centres offer free, high-quality drop-in programs for families and children from birth to 6 years old. You can learn and play with your child, meet people and get advice from early childhood professionals.

Join us for outdoor programming at our outdoor location at Gourley Park, 142 Duncairn Crescent, located on the Hamilton Mountain. PLEASE NOTE: Outdoor programs run on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00am -12:30pm rain or shine.

VISIT OUR NEW LOCATION: We are pleased to be offering indoor program at your Downtown YMCA location. The James Street EarlyON is located on the street level of the YMCA with the entrance located closes to the corner of Jackson and Hughson Street. 

Hours of Operation: Mondays and Wednesdays. Please note, we will be offering two blocks to better serve you as capacities are limited to 15 individuals a season.

Group 1: 9:00am - 10:45am Group 2: 11:15am - 1:00pm

All EarlyON centres will be required to follow strict health and safety protocols, including enhanced cleaning, reduced group sizes, staff training and screening. Our centres offer safe and welcoming environments open to all families across Hamilton, with qualified professionals and quality programs. Families and caregivers can find support, advice, make personal connections and access a network of resources.
View our Program Calandar.

Book your family reservation please register online.


 

PLEASE NOTE: We kindly ask that all participates complete the Provincial Screening Tool prior to arranging. If you need assistance completing the tool, please let one of our Educators know upon arrival, and we will be happy to assist you. 


Check out our additional programming!
Telling Tales

Join author, Reina Singh, for her presentation of My Heart Beats on Wednesday December 15, 2021 from 10:00am - 10:30am.


Storytime with ASL
Join us for a virtual ASL storytime every Thursday at 11:00am - 11:30am.


Looking to reach us?
James Street EarlyON
Address: 79 James Street South
Email: earlyon.jamesstreet@ymcahbb.ca
Phone: (905) 317-4933
Gourley Park Outdoor EarlyON Centre

Address: 142 Duncairn Crescent
Email: earlyon.gourleypark@ymcahbb.ca
Phone: (289) 659-9400
 

Learn about EarlyON Child & Family Centre

Find Child Care Programs

We know childhood is a special time when the seeds of future success are planted. YMCA Child Care programs teach the YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum that encourages the physical, mental and social development of your child. As Canada's largest care provider, the health and well-being of your child is at the core of everything we do at every age of development. At the Y, you'll find a group of caring and dedicated staff who make every day a special day for your child.