AFTER-SCHOOL CHILDCARE PROGRAM
Note (September 20, 2023): All programs for the YWCA NWT After-School Program for the 2023-2024 year are now full with waitlists.
About the YWCA NWT after-school care program
The after-school program is available at the following Yellowknife schools: Mildred hall, Range Lake North, Saint Joseph, N.J. Macpherson, and J.H. Sissons. Staff provide a wide variety of exciting indoor and outdoor activities to keep children engaged and entertained for ages JK - up to age 11. If a child is turning 11 by December 31, they will not be returning to the program in the new year (January). Care is offered from school dismissal until 5:30 p.m. Parents must pick their children up no later than 5:30 p.m. Staff are trained in First Aid and CPR, providing a safe environment for all. YWCA NWT also offers programming for early dismissal, full day programming for professional development days and March break programs when schools are closed. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to provide children with nut free snacks.
The ECE childcare subsidy is for children aged three to five in the after-school program. The month a child turns six is the last month they will receive the ECE subsidy. Currently, we submit children's information to ECE monthly; there is no additional work on the part of the guardians. Each qualifying child is entitled to a monthly reimbursement of 50% of their total fees up to a maximum monthly amount of $165.
Frequently Asked Questions: After-school Care & Registration
1. Can I also register my other child for JK at the same time I register my 10 year old child who is currently in the after-school program?
New children must be enrolled with the public registration on February 3, 2023. New participants will only be accepted following registration of all existing children in the program and is dependent on space availability.
2. Do I have to pay a deposit the same time I register?
No. You will be sent an email with further instructions on how to pay the deposit once your registration is accepted.
3. How much does the program cost?
YK1 School Cost
$200/March and December
YCS School Cost
$225/March and December
The additional $65 will cover the half days every Thursday
4. My child is not currently enrolled in the after-school program. How do I register?
Please see above procedures to register your child in the after-school program.
5. I am on a waitlist. How long until I know if my child(ren) will have a space in the program?
Each wait list for each school is different. If you have not heard back within a week of registration, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to see how long the wait list is.
6. Why doesn't the YWCA just open more spots? There is such a demand for affordable childcare.
The limitation on after school childcare spaces is frustrating for the YWCA too. There are often wait lists at every school, no more available classroom space to be licensed, plus no more staff available. After School care must be licensed, just as day cares are. The Department of Education, Culture and Employment licenses childcare and ultimately determines how many children can be accommodated in the space at hand, what the maximum group size can be, and what the child/caregiver ratio is. Unfortunately for everyone, there are not enough spaces to meet the demand, and a shortage of qualified staff.
7. I have questions about registration or the after-school care program. Who can I contact?
For questions or concerns about this process, please call the after-school office at 867-873-4293.
8. How do I register for the after school care program?
When registration is open, send an email to email@example.com with the following information:
1) School your child attends
2) Child’s full name
3) Child's date of birth
4) The first and last names of the child’s legal guardians
9. Who is eligible for the after school care program?
Children aged 3 (enrolled in JK) to age 10. (We will not register a child if they turn 11 before December 2024. We will only register children turning 11 January 2024 or later.)
Children must be fully able to use the toilet independently.
The After-School program does not provide one-on-one care; if your child needs one-on-one care, please let us know, and we can discuss available options.
Children must be enrolled in one of the available schools for the 2023-2024 school year.
10. What schools have a YWCA NWT after school care program?
Range Lake North