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.

Our tours are currently on hold due to COVID-19. 

They will resume after the pandemic. 

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 14 to 18 months.

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

YWCA staff will call to inform you when you are at the top of the list.

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.

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

Location

1192 Quebec Street 
Vancouver, BC V6A 4B2 

Hours of Operation  

7:45am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday 

Parent Fee 

$905  
(Program fee of $1,005 with a BC fee reduction of $100.) 

Crabtree Corner Early Learning and Child Care Centre 
  • Located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
  • Offering 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. 

Location 

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. 

Parent Fee 

N/A 

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

 

Location 

3839 Carolina Street 
Vancouver, BC V5V 0A3 

Hours of Operation 

8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday 

Parent Fee 

$200 (until March 31, 2021). 
(Program fee of $1,378 with reduction from BC prototype funding.) 

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

 

Location 

535 Hornby Street 
Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8 

Hours of Operation 

7:45am to 5:30pm 

Parent Fee 

$1,253 
(Program fee $1,603 with a BC fee reduction of $350.) 

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? Please contact Mariko Ikeda at mikeda@ywcavan.org.

YWCA Child Care and Early Learning

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