Children & Youth

The Humber Community YMCA is committed to supporting children and families by fostering childrens’ physical, social, intellectual and emotional growth.  This is accomplished through the delivery of quality childcare programs that provide a stimulating learning experience in a safe and secure environment.

The YMCA is the largest provider of not-for-profit child care in Canada.  The Humber Community YMCA offers a child care program aimed at providing children with the best start in life.

Throughout our programs, the Humber Community YMCA programs teach children about the values of respect, honesty, responsibility, caring and inclusiveness, while building on the critical factors needed by children to thrive and become healthy, caring and resilient adults.

For families who are unable to afford child care, the YMCA offers financial assistance.

Professional Staff

The YMCA staff serve as positive role models who ensure a safe environment where each child is respected and nurtured.

Staff are seletec for their maturity, experience and skill with children.  YMCA staff possess Early Childhood Education Certification, First Aid and a Certificate of Conduct.

YMCA Playing To Learn

YMCA Playing to Learn adheres to curriculum that enables our YMCA to continously improve the quality of programs and services provided to children.

We believe that YMCA Playing to Learn is the best approach to ensure a child’s continued enthusiasm and capacity for life-long learning.  Through Playing to Learn our YMCA early childhood educators gain the skills to prepare spaces that are conducive to learning and the best practices to encourage quality learning experiences.

Please note: Children in our Playing to Learn Program must be no younger than 36 months and no older than 69 months.

Ideally, children receive an abundance of support – not only from their families – but also from many people including the YMCA.
Children have a lot to contribute and when we value their contributions, we empower them to develop into successful individuals.
Children need clear messages about boundaries and expectations, as well as adults who will monitor and enforce boundaries with appropriate discipline.
Children are more likely to thrive when they’re involved in constructive activities.
With our ever-changing society, children who develop a commitment to learning will be more likely to succeed.
Positive values are important internal compasses that guide children to make principled choices.
Children need a set of personal skills and life perspective to negotiate through the maze of choices that face them each day.
The positive identity assets focus on children’s view of themselves – their own sense of power, purpose, worth and promise.


A child is officially registered when the following steps have been completed:

  • The $20 registration fee per family and the 1 month prepayment has been received.
  • Registrations forms and immunization records have been received.

Policies & Procedures

  1. Parents must complete a release form listing the people permitted to pick up their children.
  2. Children must be picked up on time or a $10.00 late fee will be applied.
  3. The Playing to Learn Program follows the same statutory holiday schedule as the local School Boards.
  4. Please advise YMCA staff if your child displays symptoms of a communicable illness.

Fee Structure

All payments must be received prior to your child’s attendance in the program.  Any account that is over 2 weeks in arrears will result in dismissal from the program.  Pre-authorized debits, Visa or Mastercard are required for the program.

Rates: $12/day and $11/day each additional.

Please note: If for any reason your child misses a day, whether it be school closure or illness, the monthly rate will apply.

Monthly receipts:  Parents are responsible to keep each monthly receipt for income tax purposes.  A $20.00 administrative charge will be applied if a copy of a receipt is required.

Withdrawal:  The YMCA requires TWO week’s written notice of a child’s withdrawal.   Such notification should be given to the Team Leader Child and Family Services.  Failure to provide notification will result in a charge of a full week’s fee.

Hours of Operation

  • Wednesday & Friday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00am – 12:00pm


  • All Saint’s Church – Clarence Street
  • Kinsmen Center – St. Marks Avenue

Summer Day Camp

The Humber Community YMCA is proud to offer a quality Summer Day Camp experience for children aged 5 – 12.  At the YMCA Summer Day Camp we believe in helping children experience personal growth and development in spirit, mind and body.

Camp activities spark both interest and imagination through fun, challenging activities for children that are safe and age appropriate.  Our Summer Day Camp offers exciting experiences and opportunities for individual expression and creativity and a balance of structure and personal choice.  Campers will learn about themselves and their community in an atmosphere of mutual respect and self worth.

Parents and guardians can be sure their children are in safe, capable hands when they are with YMCA staff and volunteers.

Our YMCA values, Respect, Honesty, Responsibility, Caring and Inclusion are the building blocks of all YMCA programs.

Camp Staff & Volunteers

We take great pride in our excellent camp counselors who serve as positive role models while ensuring a safe environment where each child is respected and nurtured.

Camp Counselors are selected for their maturity, experience and skill with children.  Our Coordinators are ECE certified and Counselors have certification in First Aid/CPR and receive training in leadership, safety and emergency procedures.  Volunteers are selected based on their experience and commitment to the YMCA.  All staff and volunteers must provide a Certificate of Conduct.

Registration for Summer Day Camp is ongoing throughout the summer.  Be sure to present your child’s MCP number and immunization record at the time of registration.  Fees must be paid  by cash, cheque or credit card for the week PRIOR to your child’s participation.  Fees are $85 per week for the first child and $80 per week for each additional child or $20 per day for the first child and $15 per day for each additional child.

What to Bring:

  • Sunscreen, hat and bug spray
  • Bagged lunch, water bottle, extra snacks and knapsack (No Peanut products or glass bottles please)
  • Indoor footwear and a change of clothing (Please be prepared for all types of weather)
  • Your child should NOT bring electronics, trading cards, toys (ie. Game Boy, etc)  The YMCA is not responsible for lost, stolen or broken items.

Be sure to label all items brought to camp.

For more information on any of our childcare programs, please call the YMCA at 639-9676.