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A Note From Your Child Care Leadership Team 

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Hello Families,

As we now know, Ontario will NOT resume in-person learning for June. As such, our Before and After School programming will remain closed until the start of the 2021 school year. You can read the Province’s announcement here.

What does this mean for families in our various child care services?

Extended School Age Child Care Closure School Age (Before and After School) programming is canceled until in-person learning resumes, which is not expected to happen ahead of September 2021. You will not be charged fees for this closure.

Full-Day Child Care Our full-day Infant, Toddler and Preschool child care remains open, and there are no changes to this programming.

Emergency Child Care We continue to offer Emergency Child Care in various centres. ECC will continue until the end of the current school year. As more information regarding the end of ECC becomes available we will share it with registered families.

To learn if your family qualifies for School Age Emergency Child Care, please follow the regional links below for more details.


Waterloo Region

Stratford-Perth Please contact the City of Stratford Early Years Coordinator at 519-247-3773 ext 404

Continued COVID-19 Safety Measures We want to take a moment and thank you for helping keep one another safe. By adhering to our COVID-19 safety measures, we are continuing to keep case numbers low in our centres. Please note that all of our efforts meet and/or exceed local public health unit recommendations. These measures include:

  • Monitoring and screening your child for symptoms of COVID-19 using the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool daily.
  • Parents/Guardians wearing masks for drop off/pick up at all our centres.
  • Isolating immediately if your child or any member of your family develops symptoms of COVID-19. Following the guidance in the screening tool.
  • If your child develops any COVID-19 symptoms throughout the day, you will receive a call to come pick up your child from our centre. At pick up we’ll provide you with any further information, and ask you to follow Public Health expectations on next steps.
  • Practicing good hand hygiene habits with your child at home.

If you have further questions, please reach out to your local public health unit

Huron Perth Public Health

Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

We appreciate that this may not be welcome news, and that this may add another layer of stress on families in an already stressful time. We will be offering summer care and YMCA Day Camp programming in all of our regions – Guelph-Wellington, Stratford-Perth, and Waterloo Region. If you require summer care, please reach out to your Centre Supervisor or visit our Day Camp page (here) for more information. We remain committed to sharing information with you as soon as it becomes available, both via emails to you and by posting updates on

Stay healthy and well,

Kim, Lianne, and Terri, on behalf of the YMCA of Three Rivers Child Care Team
Here for Good

About YMCA of Three Rivers Child Care -  Where your child can explore, play, and learn.

As Canada’s largest not-for-profit child care provider, we play a leading role in research-based program development and community engagement. We’ve been proudly serving families in Guelph-Wellington, Stratford-Perth, and Waterloo Region for more than 30 years.

YMCA Child Care. We’re here for good. 


  • All licensed child care centres across our regions continue to operate under COVID-19 guidelines 
  • All Before and After School programming is cancelled until in-person learning returns 
  • Daily COVID-19 screening of all children and staff prior to entering and throughout the day 
  • Physical distancing practices supported by both the setup of spaces and delivery of programs 
  • Use of required PPE by all staff, and enforced use of children as required by local school boards and Public Health units


Licensed Child Care (Infant, Toddler, Preschool)Before & After School Care

Where We’re at Currently 

Get the Handbook (PDF)

Our Caregiver Handbook provides you with an overview of the YMCA of Three Rivers Child Care programming, including operational details.

For up to  date screening information, please review the Ministry of Education screening tool.

COVID-19 School Screening