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Overcoming a strong wind, a gathering of officials, donors, friends and staff of the Tri-Community YMCA assembled at 115 Marcy Street in Southbridge on Monday, November 16, for the official groundbreaking ceremony to begin the renovation and expansion of its child development facility:  a total renovation of the space for 57 children which will also include one more classroom for an additional 19 children for a pre-Kindergarten class.

The Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC), who was instrumental in establishing the EEOST Capital Fund that awarded an $800,000 grant to the project was also in attendance.  “There is a growing understanding of the role that well-designed and well-equipped child care facilities play in high quality care and education,” said CEDAC Executive Director Roger Herzog. “We are very pleased to support the Tri-Community YMCA as they embark on this important facility project.” Representative Joseph McKenna (R–Webster) also made an appearance and closed out the event.  “The Y is so much more than just a pool and gym,” said Representative Joseph McKenna.  “It’s about where the community goes.”

The construction phase of the campaign will last through the summer of 2017, and the new facility will open next September in time for back-to-school. The YMCA Marcy Street Child Development Center will address a number of critical needs in the community and will enable the Y to serve more families, and provide increased options for high-quality, enriching and affordable child care for decades to come.