About Us

Your family belongs 

Looking for a safe and welcoming place for you and your family? Ontario Early Years Centres in Waterloo Region are open to all and are offered at no cost. In this welcoming environment, children, parents and caring adults share experiences, feel supported and engage in exploration and play.
Centres are accessible and open various hours throughout the day, evening and weekends. Family rooms, kitchens and play spaces are available for your family to use at your convenience. 

​View our Program Statement to learn more about our approach in serving you and your family. 

Learn more about our Core Services, Community Connections and 46 delivery locations: 
A Profile of Waterloo Region Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYCs)
​OEYCs in Waterloo Region Community Connections and Integrated Service Planning

At the YMCA Early Years Centre you will find....

  • Safe and welcoming environments fostering play and attachment
  • Opportunities to decrease social isolation
  • Purposeful learning opportunities
  • Access to screening tools to support in early identification and intervention 
  • Knowledgeable staff to support you in your role as a parent, caring adult or as a professional working with children and families
  • Opportunities to build relationships within your family and your community
  • A one stop access point for resources and community support

Our centres are funded by the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Education, and adhere to all regulations and standards set out by the Child Care and Early Years Act. Learn more about the new early years rules in Ontario: what providers and parents need to know

Parent Testimonial

 "My daughter was never a good sleeper during the day or night. I started to experience the baby blues and felt isolated at home alone with her. With the lack of sleep I just didn't have the energy to go out. My days revolved around just waiting for her to fall asleep for even just 20 minutes at a time. A friend of mine suggested the Early Years Centre. I was able to  talk with other moms who were experiencing the same feelings as me. I didn't get more sleep but I did get energy from being around other people. My daughter also seemed to be happier when we were out around other people which made my days easier. The Early Years Centre helped me to meet other moms, deal with my baby blues and remove my feelings of isolation. "

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