The YMCA of Okanagan plans to provide child care to essential service workers in Kelowna and Penticton. Learn more

Our charity is responding to COVID-19 including temporarily closing all YMCA recreation facilities during this time. Child care, virtual early years community services and career development services will continue to run. The most recent information can be found at

YMCA: A Place to Connect is a school-age curriculum for children 5-12 years-old who attend YMCA Before and After School programs. It is well-known and accepted and is built on many of the principles that guide YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. 

A Place to Connect is based on research from the fields of developmental psychology, human development, neuroscience, education, risk management, diversity and social inclusion, social services and child care.

Children flourish in quality programs that provide choice, opportunities for leadership, a focus on strengths and a place that is fun, active and different from school. Parents want a program that is a safe, reliable, caring and active. YMCA: A Place to Connect meets those requirements.

We believe YMCA: A Place to Connect is the best approach to ensure a child’s continued enthusiasm and capacity for lifelong learning. The curriculum weaves our mission, vision and values into programming, and strives to develop responsible, respectful, caring, honest, healthy and inclusive citizens.

At the YMCA, we build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.