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Before & After School Care

Emergency Child Care During Covid-19 Lockdown

As you know the government has delayed in class learning indefinitely beginning April 19th.  In order to help support our families and our communities the Y is pleased to be offering Emergency School Age programs beginning Tuesday April 20th, pending provincial approval, at the following locations:

  • Owen Sound - East Ridge Community School
  • Port Elgin - Northport Elementary
  • Kincardine - Elgin Market Public School
  • Hanover - Hanover Heights Elementary

Currently spaces will be limited at each location, based on staffing, and will be on a first come first serve basis.  In order to participate, parents must be deemed as an essential worker under the provincial guidelines. This eligibility will be determined by your local municipality, see contact email below.

Once you have requested a space from a contact person below, they will direct you to contact the relevant municipal email listed below. The municipality will then verify your eligibility. The Counties will not verify until you have spoken to a Y staff person.

If you are interested in a space, please follow up with one of the appropriate Y staff:

Annette Strathy
Owen Sound - 519-371-9622

Caitlyn Lavelle
Port Elgin - 519-832-6225

Brenda Wright
Kincardine - 519-396-9622

Natasha Chalmers
Hanover - 519-364-4938

The contact information to determine eligibility as well as a fillable application is listed below:

Bruce County at  


Grey County at

During this School Age Emergency Care time, children will still be required to participate in on line learning. Therefore, children must bring their own devices as well as headphones. Wifi will be provided by the school board.  Our staff will ensure that the children in our care follow the online learning routines as set out by the board/teachers. We will assist them in getting online, but are not responsible to ensure that they have comprehended and completed the required work.  

Children and staff participating in the emergency care will be adhering to both provincial and local Public Health regulations.   These regulations include active screening for each child before entering the program. Staff will also be actively screened each day. Parents will not be allowed into the school unless in an emergency. Staff will be cleaning, and disinfecting throughout the day. The provincial guidelines regarding PPE will also be adhered to. 

If you have any further questions, please follow up with the one of the staff listed above.



Your YMCA offers Extended Care programs at participating Bluewater District and Bruce-Grey Catholic schools for children in Junior Kindergarten (JK) to Grade 6. To fill the gaps after the bell rings, you'll find unique YMCA programming right here in your community. We know children thrive in an environment where everyone belongs and can explore, learn and have fun together.  That's what we provide at the YMCA.

Click here to learn more about registration for YMCA Child Care.

Program benefits:

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Port Elgin

Owen Sound & Area



Child Care Subsidy

Subsidized child care spaces are available. Click here for more information.