After-School Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now closed. All after-school care programs are full with waitlists established. For more information, please contact


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.


Program costs as of April 1, 2022: $300 per child. 

NOTE: As we are a licensed program, we must maintain our safe supervision ratios and cannot operate without the required ten to one staff to child ratios. If we experience staff shortages in any of our programs, we will need to close that program immediately, and the program will no re-open until Public Health has deemed the employee safe to return to work - this may occur with little to no notice and parents and caregivers will be required to pick up their children ASAP if a program is required to close. We have no control over this as it is a requirement of our licensing. 

Program Withdrawals

Withdrawals from the program require one month's written notice in order to have your deposit refunded. For example, if you are registered to start the program on November 1, 2022, the YWCA NWT must receive your written notice no later than October 1, 2022. Cancellations or withdrawal from the program with less than one month notice will not have their deposits refunded, as we need sufficient notice to fill the space. 


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? 

You can send the information for your new registration at the same time as your child who is currently enrolled, but these will not be reviewed until February 28. 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. Parents and guardians have until February 18 at 5:00 p.m. to pre-register their children currently in the program. Once your e-mail is received, we will reply to you via e-mail to let you know there if there is space available, and will send you a complete registration package. The registration package will indicate when you need to return the full registration and pay the deposit. 

3. How much does the program cost? 

For the 2022/23 school year, the cost for each child is $300 monthly. 

4. My child is not currently enrolled in the after-school program. How do I register? 

All after school care programs are now full. Please e-mail with your child's information and school they are attending to be placed on the wait list. 

5. I am on a waitlist. How long until I know if my child(ren) will have a space in the program?

Most school in Yellowknife other than Weledeh Catholic School has a YWCA NWT after-school program, and each wait list is different. 

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 our office at 867-920-2777. 

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