The YMCA is the largest provider of Child Care in Canada.
Serving Our Community
The YMCA of Brandon has provided over 130 years of service to the community. Over the years, the Y has learned to adapt to the changing dynamics of family, school, and gender roles in the world that impact how we work with and for our community. We believe that the foundation of our recreation, fitness and swim programs, rehab services, volunteer and life skill development opportunities is reflected in our commitment to building healthy communities. Responding to the needs of working families is critical in this equation. In addition to the variety of drop-in programs for children and families, child minding services, school break camps and various recreational, leadership and camp experiences available to support families, the YMCA of Brandon’s name has grown synonymous with two core services that have grown over the past decade in response to these changing needs: licensed Child Care and Before & After School programs. With a talented, qualified, and passionate team of staff, the YMCA has maintained a leadership role in supporting working families in our community.
We have created over 500 Child Care spaces since we began.
The YMCA of Brandon is working hard to support working families by expanding child care spaces in our community, but there is currently a huge need. Our waitlists far outweigh our ability to provide care to new families. There are currently several hundred families on the waitlist.
When a space opens, the YMCA contacts the appropriate family from the waitlist. Please do not call the child care centres about registration/waitlists.
*The YMCA will not release information about what your number you are sitting at on the waitlist.
As per the provincial government’s announcement, licensed child care fees are $10/day.
Many centres offer a snack option for an additional fee.
Y Downtown Early Learning Centre
The Brandon Y opened its first facility in 2003 in the Princess Towers building across from the YMCA. The Y Downtown Early Learning Centre relocated in June 2013 to the new Dood Cristall Family YMCA. At that time, it increased from 24 to 48 licensed spaces for children ages 2-6 years of age. With the expansion of the Dood Cristall Family YMCA, we have again doubled the capacity of this centre – now at 96. We operate between the hours of 7:15 am and 5:15 pm. Government subsidy is available.
Y West Early Learning Centre
Our second Child Care facility, Y West Early Learning Centre opened in September, 2006. It is located on 34th St. beside Two Farm Kids. Y West Early Learning Centre is licensed for 24 preschoolers and 8 infants. Operating hours are 7:30 am – 5:30 pm. Government subsidy is available.
Y New Era Early Learning Centre
Our third site, Y New Era Early Learning Centre, opened September, 2007 in New Era School. Y New Era Early Learning Centre is licensed for 10 children aged 3 – 5. The centre operates along with the school calendar. There are two sessions per day: 9:00 am – 11:30 am and 12:15 pm – 3:15 pm. Government subsidy is available.
We have licensed Before & After spaces – 15 Before school and 15 After school. Cost is $8.60/day. *Kindergarten to grade 3 only.
Y South Early Learning Centre
In November, 2009 we opened Y South Early Learning Centre. Y South is the largest Child Care centre in Western Manitoba. Y South has spaces for children from infant (3 months) to 6 years old, with a capacity of 104 preschool, 16 infant and 28 school age spots. Operating hours are 7:00 am – 5:30 pm. Government subsidy is available.
Y Valleyview Early Learning Centre
In April, 2018, we opened Y Valleyview Early Learning Centre, our 5th licensed centre.
Operating hours are 7:00 am – 5:30 pm. Government subsidy is available.
Y Maryland Early Learning Centre
In January 2021, we opened our 6th licensed centre.
Y Maryland Early Learning Centre is licensed for 72 preschoolers and 20 infants and 15 school-aged children.
Operating hours are 7:15 am – 5:30 pm. Government subsidy is available.
YMCA child care Centres operate different programs depending on the facilities available.