Child Care

Essential Child Care Services

The YMCA of Brandon has been providing essential child care services  during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud to support our community during this critical time and we are proud of the staff who have offered to continue to care for the children of local health care, emergency services and other essential workers, knowing there is a chance that they could be putting themselves at risk.

For more information please contact the centres directly.

The YMCA is the largest provider of Child Care in Canada.

Serving Our Community

In 2013, the YMCA of Brandon celebrated 128 years of service to the community. Over the years, the Y has learned to adapt to the changing dynamics of family, school, and gender roles in the world that impact how we work with and for our community. We believe that the foundation of our recreation, fitness and swim programs, rehab services, volunteer and life skill development opportunities is reflected in our commitment to building healthy communities. Responding to the needs of working families is critical in this equation. In addition to the variety of drop-in programs for children and families, child minding services, school break camps and various recreational, leadership and camp experiences available to support families, the YMCA of Brandon’s name has grown synonymous with two core services that have grown over the past decade in response to these changing needs: licensed Child Care and Before & After School programs. With a talented, qualified, and passionate team of staff, the YMCA has maintained a leadership role in supporting working families in our community.

We have created over 500 Child Care spaces since we began.


Type of Care

Cost of Care per Day
(effective July 1, 2013)

Infant (12 mos – 2 yrs)

$30.00 per day

Preschool (2 – 6 yrs) 4+ hrs

$20.80 per day

Enhanced Nursery School

$5.00 per session

Y Downtown Early Learning Centre

The Brandon Y opened its first facility in 2003 in the Princess Towers building across from the YMCA. The Y Downtown Early Learning Centre relocated in June 2013 to the new Dood Cristall Family YMCA. At that time, it increased from 24 to 48 spaces and is licensed for 48 children ages 2-6 years of age. We operate between the hours of 7:15 am and 5:15 pm. Rates are $20.80. Government subsidy is available.

231 8th St.
Brandon MB R7A 3X2
ph: 204-571-6557
fax: 204-726-0995
Centre Director: Audra Newman,


Y West Early Learning Centre

Our second Child Care facility, Y West Early Learning Centre opened in September, 2006. It is located on 34th St. beside Two Farm Kids.
Y West Early Learning Centre is licensed for 24 preschoolers and 8 infants. Operating hours are 7:30 am – 5:30 pm. Rates are $20.80 for preschoolers, $30.00 for infants. Government subsidy is available.

565 34th St. Unit B
Brandon MB R7B 3P8
ph: 204-571-6558
fax: 204-571-1041
Centre Director: Audra Newman,

Y New Era Early Learning Centre

Our third site, Y New Era Early Learning Centre, opened September, 2007 in New Era School. Y New Era Early Learning Centre is licensed for 10 children aged 3 – 5. The centre operates along with the school calendar. There are two sessions per day: 9:00 am – 11:30 am and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Rates are $5.00 per session. Government subsidy is available.

We have licensed Before & After spaces – 15 Before school and 15 After school. Cost is $6.15 for one space/day, or $8.60 for both spaces. *Kindergarten to grade 3 only.

527 Louise Ave.
Brandon MB R7A 0X1
ph: 204-571-6559
fax: 204-728-1878
Centre Director:  Kathy Hume,


Y South Early Learning Centre

In November, 2009 we opened Y South Early Learning Centre. Y South is the largest Child Care centre in Western Manitoba.Y South has spaces for children from infant (3 months) to 6 years old, with a capacity of 104 preschool, 16 infant and 28 school age spots. Operating hours are 7:00 am – 5:30 pm. Rates are $20.80 for preschoolers, $30.00 for infants. Government subsidy is available.

1525 1st St. South Unit 200
Brandon MB R7A 6Z9
ph: 204-571-6556
fax: 204-726-1614
Centre Director: Debra Berry,

Y Valleyview Early Learning Centre

In April, 2018, we opened Y Valleyview Early Learning Centre, our 5th licensed centre.
Operating hours are 7:00 am – 5:30 pm. Rates are $20.80 for a full day and $10.30 for Before & After School care, both include lunch care. Government subsidy is available.

77 Whillier Drive
Brandon MB R7B 0X8
ph: 204-571-6554
Centre Director:  Patricia Gergert,

Y Maryland Early Learning Centre

Opening January 2021 

700 Maryland Ave.
Brandon MB R7A 7X9
ph: 204-726-4157
Centre Director:  Angie Dunbar,

Additional Activities

YMCA Childcare Centres operate different programs depending on the facilities available. Please contact each centre directly.

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