YMCA Home Alone

YMCA Home Alone Program

The YMCA has developed a program that provides you and your child with valuable information in preparation for the next step on the road to independence for children ages 10-12.  The program encourages family discussions on decision making and offers scenarios and exercises to reinforce program content.

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This program will take place at the YMCA Ontario Early Years Centre in Waterloo. The Home Alone program will run for three evenings from 6:30-8:30pm on the following dates:

  • March 22, 29 and April 5, 2018
  • May 2, 9, and 16, 2018
  • October 8, 15, and 22, 2018

Your child must attend all 3 evenings to recieve their certificate.


Registration deadline is usually 2 weeks before the course

Cost: $30 ($25 for YMCA membership holders)


During these sessions your child will evaluate scenarios, problem solve and participate in discussions. We encourage discussing the sessions at home as well. The sessions include:

Getting Ready
Readiness, fears of being home alone, emergency phone lists, key contacts, emergency funds, and home alone child/parent contract.

Keeping in Touch
Phone use, answering the door, internet and computer use, boredom, and siblings.

It Just Might Happen
Power failure, storms, fire plan, first aid, and water overflow/leaking.

Contact Us

Please contact us by email or phone: 519-741-8585 ext. 230 for further registration. We look forward to your child gaining confidence, independence, and maturity while learning in a fun environment!

If you are interested in more youth leadership programs, a Babysitting Training Course is offered at the AR Kaufman Family YMCA in Kitchener and the Chaplin Family YMCA in Cambridge. Please visit the links to find out more information.