0 - 3.8 years of age

Preschool child on slide

Vital care and early learning opportunities for children 0 months to 3.8 years of age.

With decades of experience in child care, we provide a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn to build healthy relationships and develop school readiness skills. 

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

Our licensed YMCA Child Care centres provide high-quality care for your child in a warm and stimulating environment where they can learn, grow, and thrive.

The early years are key in your child's development. That is why we developed YMCA Playing to Learn: it helps children learn the way they learn best.

Let us help build your child's enthusiasm and capacity for lifelong learning through guided play and discovery

Child Care Centre Hours

Hamilton and Burlington 
Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

7:00am - 6:00pm

Three reasons to trust your child’s care to the YMCA:

YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum

YMCA Playing to Learn is a national YMCA curriculum that helps children discover learning through creative play and aligns with primary school benchmarks.

Play is the foundation for learning to read and write, and for learning mathematics, science and technology. YMCA Playing to Learn fosters a child's enthusiasm and capacity for lifelong learning  making it a key reason parents choose YMCA Child Care.

In our care, your child will learn through story time, playing with blocks, counting and comparing items, creating pictures, and singing. To make-believe, explore and investigate, their world as a developing child. 

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

Quality Assurance

YMCA Child Care operates with consistent best practices and standards across the country. 

All YMCA Child Care programs are licensed under the Child Care Early Years Act with regular evaluation to ensure quality in Child Care practices. They are also inspected annually to confirm compliance by Ministry standards.


As a YMCA program, you can trust that we’re committed to:

  • Supporting and strengthening families like yours
  • Promoting the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility
  • ​Caring for your child in a safe, positive environment
  • Helping your child develop to their fullest potential during those crucial early years.

To learn more about YMCA Child Care, please view the Preschool Child Care Parent Handbook

We have more than 20 YMCA Child Care locations.

YMCA Preschool Child Care Administrative Contact Information

  • Address

    79 James Street South
    Hamilton, Ontario  L8P 2Z1
    Phone: 905.317.4942

  • Preschool Child Care Administrator

    Carmel Grant
    P: 905.317.4942

  • Manager of Brantford Child Care Centre

    Yolanda Slater

    38 Darling Street
    Brantford, ON N3T 6A8 
    p: 519-752-4568 x 3105
  • General Manager, Child Care (Burlington)

    Lynn Golfi
    General Manager
    905.632.5000 x. 6251


  • General Manager, Child Care (Hamilton)

    Janinne Labenski
    General Manager

  • Manager of Burlington Child Care
    Kimberly Clark
    500 Drury Lane, Burlington ON L7R 2X2
    p: 905-632-5000 x 6166
  • Manager of Hamilton Child Care

    Corrie Ledgerwood
    79 James St. S, Hamilton, ON  L8P 2Z1
    p: 905-529-7102 ext 5002
    f: 905-317-4917

  • Manager of Brantford Child Care

    Shawna Maclellan
    38 Darling Street, Suite 201
    p: 519-752-4568 ext 3199