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YMCA Child Care

Raise healthy, resilient kids with support from YMCA Child Care. The Y offers early years care, Playing to Learn Preschool, before school care, after school care, and licensed camps.

Joan Spence and Lana Skelton, Young Parent Program

Joan's Story

"Ultimately, the most rewarding part is seeing young parents succeed, even beyond their own expectations. It is so amazing that it brings tears to my eyes."

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Kelowna Secondary School

We are proud to operate the Young Parent Program at Kelowna Secondary School, in partnership with Central Okanagan Schools. This community program provides parents under the age of 20 with the fundamental tools they need to thrive, including quality child care, parenting education, life skills training, connections to critical resources and a supportive community. Families receive individualized assessments and support based on their own specific needs. As an experienced child care provider, the YMCA also operates the child care centre which enables parents to pursue their studies and career while their children are cared for by YMCA Early Childhood Educators.

Program Goals

The YMCA of Okanagan is a charity dedicated to building healthy communities and individuals. This essential community program empowers young parents to achieve the following:

  • Positive academic performance
  • Financial stability
  • Healthy relationships
  • Effective parenting abilities
  • Healthy children

The Young Parent Program provides

  • Connections with and transportation to necessary community resources
  • Supportive one-on-one coaching, mentorship and group support
  • Life skills training and parenting education
  • A bridge into post-secondary opportunities and YMCA employment programs
  • Employment preparation, connections and skills
  • Individualized education plans for secondary and post-secondary schools
  • Community connections
  • Free YMCA membership for parents, providing access to other strength and character building Y programs

The YMCA Playing to Learn™ Child Care Centre supplements the YPP program with:

  • Experienced, safe care for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years
  • Nutritious food and supplies for children (formula, clothing, diapers and more)
  • A welcoming and respectful community for children and their families
  • Trusted YMCA Playing to Learn™ curriculum to support children’s learning and development
  • Enhanced government subsidy for parents attending high school
  • Support with child care subsidy application
  • Additional YMCA financial assistance above and beyond government subsidy, thanks to generous donors
  • Free YMCA membership for children enrolled in YMCA care

How is the program funded?

The YMCA Young Parent Program is made possible in part through the generosity of donors. The annual cost to operate the program for up to ten at-risk young parents is $70,000.
We thank these community leaders for supporting the Young Parent Program:
We need your support to ensure this program remains sustainable and to provide the baby basics these young parents need to succeed. Please consider making a gift to the YMCA Young Parent Program today. 

At the YMCA, we never met a kid whose potential we couldn’t see.

Program contact info:

Larissa Crack
1079A Raymer Ave. Kelowna BC

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