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DUNMORE, AB - Prairie Rose School Division and the YMCA of Medicine Hat are pleased to announce an expanded partnership whereby the YMCA of Medicine Hat has been selected as the operator of a new Before & After School Care program located in Dunmore. The brand-new program will serve students attending Irvine School with bussing to and from school provided by the school division.  The program will operate out of a stand-alone building next door to the Prairie Rose School Division Office located at 1006 2nd Ave.

“Because this is a brand-new program, the YMCA of Medicine Hat is working closely with Prairie Rose to get the program up and running, ready for the start of the 2018-19 school year,” says Sharon Hayward, YMCA of Medicine Hat CEO. “Parents can expect high-quality service with open and frequent communication.”

This announcement comes approximately 2 months after Medicine Hat School District No. 76 announced the YMCA of Medicine Hat as the new operator of 11 of its Before & After School Care programs throughout the city. This new opportunity will see the YMCA of Medicine Hat’s child care footprint expand to approximately 830 licensed child care spaces. 

The YMCA of Medicine Hat currently offers early years child care services to over 115 children and their families at the John Millar and Crescent Heights Child Development Centres.

“The YMCA of Medicine Hat is committed to helping children and families thrive while promoting a healthy community. We are extremely excited and honoured to be chosen as the successful operator for Prairie Rose School Division’s Dunmore Before & After School Care program because it allows us to have a broader impact by serving a new community and surrounding rural area,” says Hayward. “We thank Prairie Rose School Division for entrusting our charity with this responsibility.”

YMCA of Medicine Hat will provide as much information as possible to current and prospective parents through its website

YMCA’s A Place to Connect™ curriculum brings a high-quality approach to the delivery of Before and After School Care programs for children 5-12 years old. This curriculum began national implemented 2016, making the YMCA the only organization in Canada with a national curriculum for before and after school programs.

About YMCA of Medicine Hat

YMCA of Medicine Hat is a charity dedicated to building healthy communities. For 52 years, YMCA of Medicine Hat has been committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth and families, promoting healthy living and fostering belonging and connection within the community.




For more information or interview opportunities, please contact:

To arrange YMCA interview opportunities, please contact:

Sharon Hayward | CEO, YMCA of Medicine Hat

Mobile: (403) 928-0383 |   


To arrange PRSD8 interview opportunities, please contact:

Angela Baron | Communications Coordinator, Prairie Rose School Division

Phone: (403) 952-8193 |