York Region’s YMCA centres will benefit from 120 new licensed child care spaces by September 2014. The charity is expanding its licensed child care spaces to about 20,000 in more than 280 locations in six regions. In addition to 30 toddler and 90 extended before and after-school spaces in York, additional spaces will be allocated in Dufferin, Durham, Halton, Toronto and Peel. The expansion meets an urgent need for parents seeking child care placements or quality full-day learning. The child care programs use the YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum that has been used at YMCA child care centres for a decade, to ensure a seamless transition to the full-day learning program. Now recognized as a leading curriculum in the industry, all services are supervised by certified early childhood educators.