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Rochester YMCA celebrates opening of Early Childhood Learning Center

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) –  A new learning center in Rochester is helping to fill the need for more child care in our area.

The Rochester YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center has been open since March, but it celebrated Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

It’s able to serve 155 children ages six weeks to five years old in its infant, toddler, preschool, and Pre-K programs.

According to the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, there’s a gap of about 600 child care spots still needed in the city of Rochester.

Virginia Kaczmarek, the Rochester Area Family YMCA Executive Director says the center is meant to be accessible to all families.

“Rochester definitely has a high need for child care, affordable and quality care and the YMCA couldn’t be more excited about being here to provide for that,” Kaczmarek said. “The YMCA is a nonprofit so that means if you’re looking for care and if it’s something here that it’s something you could not afford, we want to make sure that everyone and anyone can participate so it really services people of all economic backgrounds.”

The center is currently accepting applicants.

People who register by May 31st can receive their first six weeks for half price.

You don’t have to be a YMCA member to enroll your children.

Erin O'Brien

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