Making our centres
and programs safer for you

Nothing is more important to us than the safety of your children and our staff.

Safety measures in all our child care centres and programs include:

  • outfitting staff with masks and face shields
  • screening all staff and children daily
  • storing personal items in individual cubbies or containers
  • keeping the same children and staff together throughout the day
  • providing individual craft material kits to each child
  • teaching personal hygiene routines
  • cleaning and disinfecting rooms, toys, and equipment frequently
  • increasing outdoor playtime

Emergency Child Care Centres are open

While YMCA Before & After School programs are closed, free emergency child care will be available to school-age children of eligible essential service workers. To see if you qualify for this emergency service, please refer to the province's list of eligible individuals.

Registration is available through your municipality.

Regional Information About COVID-19 Regulations For Child Care Centres

Get the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 regulations for child care centres in your region:

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YMCA Child Care Guidelines for COVID-19 are approved by the Ministry of Education Child Care and Early Years Licensing Branch and local Public Health units, and follow the most current recommendations provided by the Ministry of Health. All YMCA child care staff are trained to implement measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Go To Ministry Or Education’s Child Care Re-Opening Document

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Hear straight from the source

“We have an extra staff member just to disinfect the toys and blankets.” YMCA Early Childhood Educator Denise Shepherd gave Toronto Life an inside look at our new health and safety standards.

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Latest COVID-19 info for Ontario families

Families can find up-to-date information on COVID-19 outbreaks in Ontario schools and child-care centres through a website launched by the provincial government.

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Don't take our word for it...

Here's what YMCA Child Care parents had to say about entrusting us with their kids' care.

 Father and boy in bouncy castle

“We were worried at first about the potential safety concerns and whether the child care system could continue to provide high-quality opportunities for our son to grow. Our experience at the Y proved those concerns were unwarranted. Your leadership is making this experience first rate and instills great confidence. The Y pioneered some of the best safety protocols because they took care of first responders’ kids. No other organization has done the work you have in this regard.”
—Kenneth, YMCA Child Care parent

 Family on beach

“A few weeks before the re-opening we received drop-off and pick-up instructions. It made me feel more confident. No parents were allowed to go into the facility, kids had to wash their hands upon arrival, reduced class sizes, temperature checking each morning, and questionnaires and wellness checks on a daily basis. Teachers are wearing masks at drop off and pick up. All this made us feel more confident with our decision to send our girls back.”

—Sun, YMCA Child Care parent

 4 family members in field

“When my husband and I thought about bringing our 3-year-old twins back to childcare, we were originally hesitant. COVID-19 has been scary for everyone and, as parents, it’s our job to protect our children. After a few calls with the staff explaining the new protocols, we felt confident sending our little ones back into their care. The YMCA has been very strict with the new rules and guidelines since returning. The twins have loved being back and have really missed their friends and teachers.”
—Karen, YMCA Child Care parent

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