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Learning through play

YMCA A Place to Connect™ is designed for children 5-12 years-old who attend our Before and After School programs. The curriculum is built on many of the principles that guide our Playing to Learn™ curriculum. 

Our Before & After School programs are designed to be active, healthy and fun with an emphasis on letting children make their own choices. Our YMCA A Place to Connect™ Curriculum helps children aged 5-12 develop new physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills in a caring, nurturing environment.

Developed by a team of child care experts at the YMCA of Greater Toronto, our YMCA A Place to Connect™ curriculum brings a standard, high-quality approach to how we deliver before and after school care programs across Canada.

The curriculum 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.

Our goal is to make YMCA Before and After School Care programs the most enriching places for school age children. Research shows that children flourish in programs that are structured to let them shape the program, by providing opportunities for choice and leadership with a focus on strengths and the development of skills and relationships.

What can my child expect in YMCA Before and After School Care?

  • A nurturing relationship with YMCA staff who will encourage their individual development and attend to their emotional needs
  • Lots of physical activities, games and outdoor play to help them wind down after school
  • Spending time and having fun with other children, including those they may see during the school day
  • Planned activities driven by their interests to allow them to explore arts and crafts, science, math, reading and more
  • Opportunities to take on leadership roles in the program

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. As a charity, we work hard to ensure quality affordable care is accessible to all and make no profit from any of our Child Care programs.

Learn about Before & After School Programs

Have questions or want to learn more? We would love to connect with you about our Child Care Programs and Camp options.

Contact our Child Care Team

Playing to Learn Curriculum

YMCA Playing to Learn™ Curriculum is implemented throughout our Child Care programs for ages 0-6. This research based curriculum was developed by Child Care experts and is utilized and regulated in Y’s across Canada.

Child Care Financial Support

As a charity, the Y believes no family should be turned away because of financial circumstances. Thanks to generous donors, the Y is able to provide financial assistance to families who could not otherwise afford quality child care or Preschool programs.

Work With Children

If you are passionate about working with children, our child care team is always hiring. We are a growing team with great training opportunities, benefits, and a variety of positions to help you grow your career.