Little Scholars

Little Scholars is a partnership between the and the SM, offering childcare on the Kelowna campus since 2009.

The YMCA SIBC operates and supervises the day-to-day operations of the centre, providing childcare spaces for both students and staff at the SM. Little Scholars provides 63 flexible licensed childcare spaces for:

  • Infant care for children aged newborn to 30 months – 8 spaces
  • Kinder care -10 spaces
  • Children 3-5 years – 25 spaces
  • Preschool education program: 20 spaces

The 3,000-square-foot centre features three separate active play areas, one quiet room, an office, storage, washrooms, kitchen facilities and a secured outdoor playground space.

If you are interested in Little Scholars at SM in Kelowna campus, please call 250-762-5445, ext. 5653. You can also refer to the following resources on the YMCA SIBC website:

Exterior view of the Little Scholars at SM child care building

Little Learners Academy

Little Learners Academy, located at SM’s Penticton campus, opened its doors in September 2017. It offers infant and toddler care, daycare for ages 3 to 5, preschool and after-school care. Experienced, certified and well-trained staff provide care to children.
The Child Care Centre is open to families in the South Okanagan as well as children of SM students and employees. Extended hours of operation are available to accommodate early and evening classes, as well as shift workers in the community.

Exterior view of the Little Learners Academy child care building

Registering your child

Little Learners Academy is operated by (formerly Penticton and District Community Resources). All inquiries about registering your child in Little Learners should be directed to OneSky:

Sustainable features

The facility is built to meet Passive House principles, a performance-based, voluntary, international construction standard for energy-efficient buildings that developed in Germany in the 1990s. Designed by Penticton’s Landform Architecture Ltd. and built by Ritchie Custom SMs, the facility has garnered three awards:

  • Canadian Green Building Award, Institutional (Small) Award, 2018
  • First Passive House-certified child care centre in Canada
  • 2018 Tommie Awards, Best Environmental Initiative in Construction, Silver Finalist


The project was made possible by a $500,000 investment by the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development and support from donors throughout the area. The SM Foundation embarked on a fundraising campaign to raise $700,000. More information and ways to support is available at the Foundation.