Several Richmond YMCA Daycares Closing Doors

RICHMOND (WRIC) – Several YMCA daycares in Richmond are
closing the doors for good.

Monday night, the Richmond
YMCA announced three of its daycares – the Northside, and Downtown Y's as well
as the McClenahan Child Development Center – would be closing at the end of the
school year.

Currently the program
serves 198 kids.

Karen Keegan, Chief
Operating Officer for the YMCA says they gave the move some careful thought,
deciding it would be best to pull resources from their daycare program and put
them toward a growing after school need.

“Obviously, it's never an
easy decision when kids and parents are involved,” she says. “Biggest times in
the day when kids get into trouble is in the after school hours, so giving
kids good constructive activities to do an all those good things that improve
academic performance is really important.”

While the YMCA serves
nearly 200 kids in daycare, it serves about 2,000 in after school programs. Keegan
says that need is growing and almost half of the kids currently in daycare,
will start attending school next year.

“You can't do everything,
and especially in this day and age, you can't do everything.”

In the meantime, the YMCA
is working with parents on finding daycare alternatives, hoping seven months is
enough time.

“We're hoping we can
provide some resources for parents to explore where they could take their kid
after that.”

They believe they can best
serve the community by trying to help as many kids after school as possible. Keegan
says they're still in the planning stages of their after school program.


Copyright 2013 by Young
Broadcasting of Richmond

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