Providing a Strong Foundation for Learning in a Safe Environment

The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth has taken the necessary steps to help keep our communities safe during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.  Following the recommendation of Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, all public schools and licensed child care providers will remain closed until at least June 15. 

In response to this, we launched Weemarkable App to ensure that Purdy’s Wharf Child Care parents and children have direct access to our Early Childhood Educators (ECE’s) during this challenging time. Our educators can provide activities, recipes, and games to keep families entertained and engaged in early learning as we continue to practice social distancing. Our ECE’s have also been making wellness calls to seniors from our Senior Snow Removal program to see if they need any extra support — this has been very well received, and many seniors are appreciating having simply a conversation during isolation.

YMCA Child Care supports the healthy growth and development of children and promotes a lifelong appreciation for learning. Our YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum prepares our youngest children for academic success in the areas of language and literacy, math, science, technology, and the arts. Our Before and After School programs provide school-age children with a safe, supervised and active experience that fosters social skills and develops a sense of community.