About Us

As Canada's largest not-for-profit child care provider, we play a leading role in research-based program development and community engagement.  Committed to continuous improvement, we provide ongoing staff training and actively communicate with our families to better understand their needs. The history and reputation of the YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo is evidence of this.

Leaders in offering parents peace of mind

Children are safe and learning in best-in-class care environments

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Individual Care and Support

Quality care and education of all young children with the support of our specialized services has a lasting impact on their ability to become healthy contributing members of our community.

Family Involvement

The YMCA is very proud of it's commitment to the children and involvement of the families that it serves.

Exceeding Standards

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In all areas of program delivery, YMCA Child Cares exceed the standards set by the different government bodies' ensuring your child gets the very best the YMCA has to offer.

Non Profit Charitable Association

The YMCA is a non-profit charitable association of volunteers and professionals. The association operates under the direction of a Board of Directors and Leadership staff.

Licensed by Province of Ontario, Ministry of Education

Our centres are licensed by the Province of Ontario and adhere to all regulations and standards set out by the Child Care and Early Years Act. Learn more about child care in Ontario.

Service Agreements for Fee Subsidy with Region of Waterloo, Children Services Division

All centres have subsidy agreements with the Region of Waterloo Child Care Division. Local health units and Fire Departments inspect the facilities regularly.

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College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE)

The College of Early Childhood Educators is the professional self-regulatory body for registered early childhood educators (RECEs) in Ontario. The College's role is to protect the public interest by setting requirements for registration to practise as an RECE, setting ethical and professional standards and holding RECEs accountable for their practice.

RECEs are trained in child development and the planning and delivery of play-based learning and care programs. YMCA staff with an early childhood education diploma or equivalent qualifications degree must be current members of the College in good standing.  RECEs must renew their membership with the College on an annual basis.

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High Five

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Raising the Bar on Quality

YMCA Child Care is an active participant in the Waterloo Region Raising the Bar on Quality initiative: a community standards program for licensed child care. This is a voluntary, peer-driven, annual community accreditation program designed to promote healthy child care environments for children and support the professional development of Early Childhood Educators.