–The Bloomsburg Area YMCA (BAY) will be able to expand its childcare program and begin renovations at its 7th Street building thanks to a state grant secured by former State Rep. Dave Millard. The $250,000 grant was announced by Rep. Robert Leadbeter, who replaced Millard in the state House.
“Grants like these not only provide hardworking parents with the ability to continue to work their jobs with the peace of mind that their children will be receiving quality childcare, but also contribute to economic development by creating jobs in through the construction process and for childcare workers,” said Rep. Leadbeter.
The childcare expansion is part of the BAY’s Community Needs Assessment conducted recently that will steer several improvement projects based on community needs.
“The Bloomsburg Area YMCA is excited for this possibility to expand our childcare services to help even more youth and families in our service area,” said BAY CEO, Wayne Stump. “The BAY is grateful to Rep. Millard and DCED for providing this exceptional opportunity for us.
“Working parents face many challenges these days. Quality, affordable childcare shouldn’t be one of them,” Stump said. “The Y is looking to fill that void.”
A steering committee comprised of the BAY board of directors and staff and key community leaders led to the development of the BAY capital project committee that will oversee the strategic planning process and help determine additional needs for the Y. In addition to exploring childcare expansion, the funds will be used for improvements to the gymnasium, including replacing the current HVAC unit and refinishing the gym floor.