Eastside YMCA expanding early head start

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The Eastside YMCA is expanding their classrooms to serve more infants and toddlers.

Through federal grants, the Y secured $351,000 for a mobile, modular classroom unit to be installed on their Harborcreek Township property. The Y recently put out bid requests for the building’s construction.

The modular space will house seven classrooms dedicated to those enrolled in GECAC’s early head start program which prepares infants and toddlers for pre-school.

Currently, the Eastside Y is at full capacity with their early head start classes. But executive director Tina Carter said there is a greater need from the community for more head start classes, and this modular classroom building will provide the space for just that.

“It’s a great opportunity for us – we do know that there are families in our area that need the infant toddler care so it’s a great opportunity for us to be able to help the community,” said Carter.

All bids from interested companies are due by July 20. The money, said Carter, must be awarded and spent by the end of July in order for the Y to be in compliance with grant guidelines.

Carter said the Y also secured a $40,000 grant to construct a playground near the new modular space, which they anticipate will open by mid to late October 2016.

For more information on the GECAC early head start program, visit www.ymcaerie.org.

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