YMCA Essential Services Child Care

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The YMCA of Okanagan is now providing child care to essential service workers in our community. Essential Service Workers (ESWs) are those individuals considered critical to preserving life, health and societal functioning — including emergency responders, front-line health care workers, and critical infrastructure and supply chain (e.g. food, medicine) workers.

If you are unsure if your job is considered an essential service, please reference this list from the Government of British Columbia.

Priority is currently being given to those considered essential services workers in Tiers 1-4. 


If you are an essential worker in Penticton requiring care for your child(ren) age(s) 0–12, please fill out the Penticton survey and/or contact Colleen at 250-826-7880. 

This care will be provided in our newest YMCA Child Care centre located at Queens Park Elementary School. Learn what distinguishes us, and view our Queens Park Facility Photos


Although our availability may change, we currently have a few spaces available in Kelowna for children ages 0-5 years of age. For those interested, please contact Debbie at 250-808-7407 to learn more. 

If you are an essential worker in Kelowna requiring care for your child(ren) age(s) 5–12, please fill out this Kelowna School-Aged Care survey and/or contact Val at 250-859-8749. Learn more about our YMCA philosophy and school aged circiculum here

For those interested in care within Kelowna or Penticton, you can also contact our YMCA Child Care main line at 250-491-8678 or by emailing childcare@ymcaokanagan.ca

Wishing you all well during this time. 

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