Central Mass. YMCA receives $1M state grant to improve childcare facilities

The YMCA of Central Massachusetts was among six early education providers around the state this month to receive a $1 million grant to improve their facilities.

In total, Gov. Charlie Baker and the state’s Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation announced $6 million in funding would be awarded to the organizations, which serve low-income children in their areas.

“Well-designed buildings, classrooms and play spaces help provide high-quality learning environments in which children grow and thrive,” the state’s Early Education and Care Commissioner, Samantha Aigner-Treworgy, said in a statement. “The $6 million in grant awards this year — the highest amount since the EEOST Capital Fund inception — will support better program settings for over 700 children across the state.”

The YMCA of Central Massachusetts, which operates child development centers at its Westboro, Southbridge, Fitchburg, and two Worcester branches, received the Early Education and Out of School Time capital improvement grant by demonstrating financial need and securing other funding to subsidize the planned building improvements and renovations.