Strong. Safe. Connected. 

A Note From Your Child Care Leadership Team 

Your YMCA believes in creating safe and welcoming spaces for all. We believe there is no place for racism and intolerance, and we're committed to listening, learning and making the changes needed to make this a reality.

A UNIFIED MESSAGE FROM THE YMCAs OF CAMBRIDGE &  KW,  GUELPH AND STRATFORD-PERTH

Updated April 29, 2022

Dear Families,

We wanted to take a minute to update you on what we have come to learn regarding the implementation of the National Child Care Plan. Please note: this information continues to evolve, and we remain committed to updating you as more details become available.  

As Canada’s leading child care provider, we are excited about this plan, as it will give families access to more affordable, high-quality child care options, while also providing more support to our licensed child care teams.

When will the 25% fee reduction come into effect? 

While we don’t yet have a date for applying this rate decrease, we do know that when it comes into effect it will be applied retroactively to April 1, 2022. For the time being, there will be no changes to your invoices.

Who is eligible to participate in the program?   

According to the government, families are eligible if: 

  • They pay more than $12/day for child care and your child is:   
    • 5 years of age and younger   
    • 6 years of age and enrolled in a licensed preschool, kindergarten, family age grouping, or a licensed home child care premises.
  • Their licensed child care provided chooses to enroll in the Canada-wide Early Learning Child Care System

Please note: YMCA of Three Rivers Child Care has elected to enroll in the Canada-wide Early Learning Child care System.

How does this program impact the existing Child Care subsidy?  

Currently the Ontario Child Care Fee Subsidy program is not impacted by the Canada-wide Early Learning Child Care System. Financial support will continue for families who are deemed eligible to receive the subsidy.

Where can we learn more?

We will continue to update our families as more information becomes available. Another
excellent resource can be found here.  

We appreciate that there are still a lot of uncertainties around when this program will be unrolled. We are working closely with our regional and provincial partners to get you the information you need as quickly as possible. Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this positive change together.

Please continue to take care of yourself and each other.

Kim & Terri, on behalf of the YMCA of Three Rivers Child Care Team 

We’re 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. 

A UNIFIED MESSAGE FROM THE YMCAs OF CAMBRIDGE &  KW,  GUELPH AND STRATFORD-PERTH

  • 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

Fee and Closure Policies (PDFs)

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

Resources

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