Children playing at Emma's Child Care Centre
Programs & Services

Child Care & Early Learning

High-quality and affordable child care is a priority for parents. The YWCA operates four early learning and child care centres across Vancouver to meet families’ needs.

We deliver a play-based curriculum, and staff are trained in early childhood, infant-toddler and special needs education, as well as first aid and CPR.

Our Application Process

Please read all the information on this page before applying to determine if and where your child is eligible, and so you are familiar with expected wait times.

Families will be placed on the waitlist after we receive a fully completed waitlist application form.

You will receive an automatic response acknowledging receipt. Please keep this written confirmation and note the date you received it.

Apply for waitlist

Waitlist times vary by centre, but are approximately 20 months. This wait time is not a guarantee that a spot will be available. 

You may email two months before you need the space to check on your status. 

YWCA staff will call to inform you if a spot becomes available.

We aim to give you at least one month’s notice. Occasionally spaces will become available unexpectedly and we may not be able to offer a full month’s notice.

If your child is accepted into one of our child care centres, there is the possibility to tour the facility your child will attend. 

Our Centres
Citygate Early Learning and Child Care Centre
  • Located near downtown Vancouver
  • For children aged 3 to 5 years


1192 Quebec Street 
Vancouver, BC V6A 4B2 

Hours of Operation  

7:45am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday 

Child Care Fee

(Program fee of $1,180 with a BC fee reduction of $545.) 

Crabtree Corner Early Learning and Child Care Centre 
  • Located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
  • Offering free, licensed, short-term care
  • For children aged 6 weeks to 6 years
  • No online registration. Reservations for the following week are taken by phone only, each Wednesday. Please call 604 216 1655 between 1:00pm-1:30pm to reserve your child’s spot. After 1:30pm, please call 604 216 1650. 


533 East Hastings Street 
Vancouver, BC V6A 1P9 

Hours of Operation  

9:00am to 3:30pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
9:00am to 2:30pm, Wednesdays. 

Child Care Fee


Emma's Early Learning and Child Care Centre 
  • For children aged 6 weeks to 3 years
  • With a focus on supporting young mothers



3839 Carolina Street 
Vancouver, BC V5V 0A3 

Hours of Operation 

8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday 

Child Care Fee

(Program fee of $1,505 with reduction from The $10 a Day Child Care BC Funding) 

Leslie Diamond Early Learning and Child Care Centre 
  • Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver
  • For children aged 6 weeks to 3 years



535 Hornby Street 
Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8 

Hours of Operation 

7:45am to 5:30pm 

Child Care Fee 

(Program fee $1,712 with reduction from the $10 a Day Child Care BC funding.) 

Please note that for Leslie Diamond and Emma’s infant/toddler centres, all toddler spaces (15 months and up) are reserved for children graduating from our infant programs. New children are only accepted at these centres into the infant programs. The cut-off age for acceptance is 15 months old. Therefore, unfortunately when your child turns 15 months, your waitlist registration will be inactivated. 

Questions about Waitlist? Please contact Denise Kuno at

YWCA Childcare

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A monthly donation of $20 can help a teen mom graduate from high school by supporting her child at YWCA Emma's Early Learning and Child Care Centre.