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Child Care and Youth

We’re here for families.

As the second-largest provider of child care in the country, child care is a cornerstone of advocacy for YWCAs across Canada. We’re leading the way in building a case for universal, quality child care in Ontario and beyond.

We offer children and youth dynamic camp experiences at YWCA Camp locations in Hamilton and Dunnville and we also provide before and after school programming during the school year. We’re empowering kids to get moving and to reach their fullest potential.

YWCA Hamilton Family Access Centre

This unique program provides a safe, neutral, child-focused environment where court orders or agreements between children and their non-custodial parents of other family member can be facilitated through supervision by trained YWCA Hamilton staff. Factual observation notes are documented in each visit and reported back to the Family Court system. In 2017, we arranged 538 non-custodial parental visits and 160 exchanges between parents, ensuring the safety of children and parents where domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse or risk of abduction are of concern. We supported 131 children with 126 families through YWCA Hamilton’s Family Access Centre.

The Family Access Centre provides a critical service to ensure the safety of children and their families. This program creates a safe space where visitations and exchanges can occur free of conflict, violence or pressure on children.

For more information about the Family Access Centre, please contact the program administrator at 905-522-9922 ext. 139

Child Care Programs

YWCA Hamilton offers a variety of programs for children 18 months – 12 years old.

Licensed Full Day Child Care

The YWCA Hamilton Child Care team strongly believes learning through play and exploration exemplifies meaningful learning during the early years of a child’s life. When play is child-initiated, children are intrinsically motivated and are therefore more involved with their learning and development. Our educators continuously support these play experiences to foster the children’s love of learning and discovery.

We offer Ministry of Education-licensed child care for toddlers (18-30 months) and preschoolers (30 months up to school entry) from 7a.m. to 6p.m. Monday to Friday at the following locations:

YWCA Hamilton Downtown Child Care Centre
75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton
Hours of operation 7:30am – 5:45 pm

YWCA Hamilton Ottawa Street Child Care Centre
Memorial City Elementary School
1153 Main Street East, Hamilton
Hours of operation 7:00am – 6:00 pm

YWCA Hamilton West Mountain Child Care Centre
Gordon Price Elementary School
11 Guildwood Drive, Hamilton
Hours of operation 7:00am – 6:00 pm

YWCA Hamilton Dunnville Child Care Centre
St. Michael Catholic Elementary School
209 Alder Street West, Dunnville

Lunch and healthy snacks in accordance with Canada’s Food Guide are provided and any food related restrictions and/or allergies are noted.

You may qualify for a child care subsidy.

For more information about Hamilton locations, please call 905-522-9922 ext. 133

For more information about Dunnville location, please call 289-369-0489

Licensed Before & After School Care

The YWCA Hamilton is committed to providing quality Ministry of Education-licensed before and after school programs that promote and support the healthy active development of children from kindergarten to primary/junior school.

Before and after school programs are provided Monday to Friday from 7a.m. until morning bell, and afternoon bell until 6p.m.

Our team of trained educators plan and implement an inclusive and fun environment where children are able to build positive relationships while developing confidence and skills that will last the rest of their lives.

Healthy snacks in accordance with Canada’s Food Guide are provided and food-related restrictions and/or allergies are noted.

The YWCA Hamilton works in partnership with the following school boards: HWDSB, HWCDSB, BHNCDSB and the GEDSB.

 

For more information on Hamilton programs, please call 905-522-9922 ext. 140

For more information on Dunnville programs, please call 289-369-0489

Central Public Before and After School Program
75 Hunter Street West, Hamilton L8P 1P9
Hours:  7:30am – First bell and school dismissal until 6:00pm
Telephone: 905-522-9922 x133

Buchanan Park Before and After School Program
30 Laurier Avenue, Hamilton L9C3R9
Telephone: 905-387-5212

Ottawa Street Child Care Centre
Memorial City Elementary School
1175 Main Street East, Hamilton L8M1P3
Telephone: 905-549-3095

Green Acres Before and After School Program
Green Acres Elementary School
45 Randall Avenue, Stoney Creek L8G 2K8
Hours: 7:00am – First bell and school dismissal until 6:00pm
Telephone: 905-457-5151

Lisgar Before and After School Program
Lisgar Elementary School
110 Anson Avenue, Hamilton L8T2X6
Hours: 7:00am – First bell and school dismissal until 6:00pm
Telephone: 905-383-9333

St. John the Baptist Before and After School Program
St. John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School
115 London Street South, Hamilton L8K 2G6
Hours: 7:00am – First bell and school dismissal until 6:00pm
Telephone: 905-547-5151

Dunnville Child Care Centre
St. Michael’s School
209 Alder Street West, Dunnville L1A 1R3
Hours: 7:00am – First bell and school dismissal until 6:00pm
Telephone: 289-369-0489

Dunnville
Thompson Creek Elementary School
800 Cross Street West, Dunnville N1A 1N7

Mapleview Child Care
Fairview Avenue School
223 Fairview Avenue, Dunnville N1A 1M4
Hours: 7:00am to First bell and school dismissal to 6:00pm
Telephone: 289-369-0489

KidZone: GirlSpace Edition

KidZone: GirlSpace Edition is a free after school program for girls in grades 1-6 with a focus on building positive relationships, recreation and healthy lifestyles, including physical activity, nutrition, and emotional well-being. It’s offered for two hours a day, Monday to Friday, beginning at the afternoon bell.

KidZone: GirlSpace Edition is led by qualified staff including Child & Youth Workers, Recreation & Leisure Services, Early Childhood Educators, or students enrolled in any of these programs.

Healthy snacks in accordance with Canada’s Food Guide are provided and food-related restrictions and/or allergies are noted.

KidZone: GirlSpace Edition is offered at:

Hillcrest Elementary School, 40 Eastwood St, Hamilton

Memorial City Elementary School, 1175 Main St. E., Hamilton

KidZone

KidZone is a free after school program for children of all genders in grades 1-6 with a focus on building positive relationships, recreation and healthy lifestyles, including physical activity, nutrition, and emotional well-being. It’s offered for two hours a day, Monday to Friday, beginning at the afternoon bell.

KidZone is led by qualified staff including Child & Youth Workers, Recreation & Leisure Services, Early Childhood Educators, or students enrolled in any of these programs.

Healthy snacks in accordance with Canada’s Food Guide are provided and food-related restrictions and/or allergies are noted.

KidZone is offered at:

George L. Armstrong Elementary School, 460 Concession St., Hamilton

Lisgar Elementary School, 110 Anson Ave., Hamilton

 

For more information, please call 905-522-9922 ext. 135

P.A. Day, Holiday, March Break and Summer Camps

YWCA Hamilton camps offer school-aged children from kindergarten to primary/junior school a safe place to have fun, be active and make friends. Kids enjoy games, sports, crafts, swimming, outings and more on non-instructional days, from 7a.m. to 6p.m. Healthy snacks in accordance with Canada’s Food Guide are provided, and any food-related restrictions and/or allergies are noted.

All programs are licensed through the Ministry of Education and are staffed by Registered Early Childhood Educators or qualified staff as approved by the Ministry of Education (e.g. for primary/junior school-age programs,  Recreation and Leisure Services, Child & Youth Care, or a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers).

Families may be eligible to receive a child care subsidy through the City of Hamilton (or Haldimand-Norfolk County for programs in Dunnville).

Camps are available at the following locations:

Central Elementary School, 75 Hunter Street West, Hamilton

Lisgar Elementary School, 110 Anson Ave., Hamilton

YWCA Hamilton, MacNab St. S., Hamilton

Memorial City Elementary School, 1175 Main St. E., Hamilton

Thompson Creek Elementary School, 800 Cross Street West, Dunnville

 

For more information on Hamilton programs, please call 905-522-9922 ext. 140

For more information on Dunnville programs, please call 289-369-0489

Join us for a day of fun! You will enjoy games, sports, crafts, swimming, outings and more. Available through advance registration.

Age range: 4-12 years

Locations:

Date and Time: Inquire with child care centre per location

Fee: none

Age Range: A summer camp for children 4-6 years. We may allow 3-year-olds on an individual basis.

Locations:
  • MacNab Street Branch
    75 MacNab Street South
  • Dunnville Branch
    209 Alder Street West
  • Ottawa Street Child Care Centre
    @ Memorial City School
    1175 Main Street East, Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1P3
  • Lisgar Elementary School
    110 Anson Ave, Hamilton L8T 2X6
  • Central Public School
    75 Hunter Street West, Hamilton L8P 1P9

 

Weekly Camps run from July 2, 2019 until August 23, 2019.

Mon-Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Extended Day: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00pm to 5:45 p.m.

Registration for all YWCA Hamilton Summer Camps opens January 2, 2019 and closes April 15, 2019. 

Age Range: A summer camp for children 6-12 years. We may allow 5-year-olds on an individual basis.

Locations:
  • MacNab Street Branch
    75 MacNab Street South
  • Dunnville Branch
    209 Alder Street West
  • Ottawa Street Child Care Centre
    @ Memorial City School
    1175 Main Street East, Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1P3
  • Lisgar Elementary School
    110 Anson Ave, Hamilton L8T 2X6
  • Central Public School
    75 Hunter Street West, Hamilton L8P 1P9

Date and Time: 

Weekly Camps run from July 2, 2019 until August 23, 2019.

Mon-Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Extended Day: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Registration for all YWCA Hamilton Summer Camps opens January 2, 2019 and closes April 15, 2019. 

Based on the cutting edge GirlSpace curriculum, this girls-only summer camp provides leadership opportunities, promotion of healthy and positive self-esteem and exciting activities. GirlSpace Camp also includes trips. Available through advance registration.

Age Range: 6-12 years.

Locations:
  • Central Public School
    75 Hunter Street West, Hamilton L8P 1P9

Date and Time: 

Weekly Camps run from July 2, 2019 until August 23, 2019.

Mon-Fri: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Extended Day: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Thursday day trips are extra.

Registration for all YWCA Hamilton Summer Camps opens January 2, 2019 and closes April 15, 2019. 

Our team of skilled educators will plan and engage your children in games, sports, crafts, swimming, outings, and more to encourage healthy active development throughout the year.  These programs require advance registration.

Contact  YWCA Hamilton for more information at 905-522-9922 ext. 133

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