YWCA is the second largest non-profit provider of child care in Canada, offering regulated services to over 10,000 children annually, in over 100 individual childcare programs. This translates into some 1.5 million hours of care every year. As well, YWCA camps and after school programs also host more than 20,000 children annually.
In addition to providing quality child care services, YWCAs and YMCA-YWCAs offer support to families through parenting programs, education and support services.
Over the decades, child care has become a cornerstone advocacy issue for YWCA Canada. Supporting the principles of universality, quality, affordability in a non-profit regulated setting, YWCA Canada works with numerous national organizations. Together we advocate for a publicly funded universal child care program that will benefit all Canadian children.
YWCA Canada believes that quality early learning and care programs support:
- the healthy development of all young children
- parents who need to work, study and/or care for family members
- parents in their parenting role
- women’s equality
Despite the widespread participation of men in the care giving of children, child care remains primarily a women’s issue. For women, child care is – in the words of Justice Rosalie Abella -- "the ramp to equality". Without it, most women are not able to meet the needs of their children, nor can they fully participate in the economic, social, cultural and political life of their communities.
For more information on our YWCA Member Associations offering child care services, see Member Associations Across Canada.