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Update as of June 15, 2020

Thank you to everyone for your continued support as we have navigated the last few months. These times have been uncertain and challenging. The rate of change has been unprecedented, and we know everyone has been struggling to make sense of what COVID-19 means, and will mean, to our lives.

The mandatory shutdown of services has been incredibly hard on everyone, both mentally and physically. Our usual routines were completely disrupted and has added to people’s stress. Understandably, you may have many questions regarding when we can reopen – we do too! We continue to follow provincial guidelines and the advice of public health officials.

In light of the June 11 draft Phase 3 announcement from the Province, there are many new, unanswered questions. As always, we are working to do what is best for our families, and we are preparing ways to ensure our environments are safe, clean and ready for when your little one is able to return. We will also ensure staff are well trained in all new policies and protocols prior to resuming full service.

We remain committed to you and your family, and are here to serve you as best as we can. We will continue to reach out to you in the coming weeks to explain more about what this draft Phase 3 announcement from the Province means for you.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please let me know.

Susan Emerson
Vice President, Community Operations

Update as of March 23, 2020

  • Three of our childcare centres are open for children of essential service providers. Individuals accessing childcare will be charged childcare fees on our regular weekly billing schedule.
  • The remainder of our childcare centres remain closed at this time. Those childcare accounts have been placed on hold and no payments will be withdrawn until we resume normal business operations.

Update as of March 20, 2020

The Government of Manitoba’s announcement this morning regarding childcare was communicated to the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg just prior to the Province’s announcement going live. Please understand that this is emerging news. We are making plans with the Province to meet child-care demands for essential service families – as well as potentially your family – within the Province’s new limitations; however, not all of the details have yet been worked out.

Rest assured, we will let you know further details as soon as we receive them.

Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.


Kent Paterson
President & CEO

Update as of March 18, 2020

  • Reminder: The Province of Manitoba has directed us to close our childcare centres at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 20. All childcare accounts will be put on hold and no payments will be withdrawn until we resume normal operations. We do not have a re-open date at this time, as that decision will be dictated by the Province of Manitoba.

Update as of March 17, 2020

Dear Families and Caregivers,

The YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg has enjoyed the privilege of caring for children and their families for more than 140 years. We recognize the importance of early childhood education and the foundation it lays for social development, making friends and achieving one’s full potential.

As directed by the Province of Manitoba, effective March 20, 2020 at 6 pm, all our infant, preschool and school-age childcare centres will be closed. We will be placing all childcare accounts on hold until we resume normal operations. They will remain on hold until we resume regular business operations.

We will stay in constant contact with health professionals, community partners and staff as we learn information and make future decisions about resuming operations; however, the changing coronavirus landscape will dictate our ability to do that. To keep updated on new developments, please check this website and sign up for email updates at

New information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Thank you for being a part of our Y family, who we care about very much. We’ll get through this together.

Kent Paterson             Edward Acuna
President and CEO    Chair, Board of Directors

As a community-based organization committed to health and wellness, we have always taken pride in creating a clean, safe and healthy environment for our children, families and staff. Given the way that young children interact with one another every day, we know that caregivers may be concerned about the spread of germs in our centres. You may notice some additional health & safety measures in place in our childcare centres:

  • We are closely monitoring communications from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization.
  • We have advised Y staff, members and child-care families to follow the basic flu-season guidelines (as recommended by public health agencies) for preventing respiratory illnesses:
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If no tissue is at hand, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using peroxide-based or bleach-based cleaning sprays or wipes.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • We have communicated these guidelines in our member e-newsletter, emails to child-care families and staff, and with signs throughout the centres.
  • We have posted signs throughout the centres reminding child-care staff to frequently clean toys and objects in the centres.
  • In addition to our usual attention to cleanliness, our child-care staff are cleaning tables and door handles every hour.
  • Toys and other frequently shared items are being set aside to be sanitized if they have been coughed/sneezed on, or if they have been placed in a child’s mouth.
  • We are reminding children to not place items in their mouths and staff are being extra alert for these situations.
  • We are speaking openly with children at a level which is age-appropriate for their level of understanding about the need to wash hands well and frequently.

This new virus requires caution and preparation, but we are hopeful that these measures will help prevent the spread of coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses in our centres. We urge you and your family join us in keeping our Y community healthy and safe.