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[Hoquiam/Grays Harbor, 2/6/2020] — Grays Harbor is about to increase options for preschool and quality Early Learning Readiness. The Washington State Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), today announced $17.2 million in grants to 39 current and new early learning providers across the state. The grants provide financial support to allow Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) contractors and Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) subsidy providers to plan, expand, remodel, purchase or construct early learning facilities and classrooms. The YMCA of Grays Harbor was awarded an $800,000 grant in the category of Major Construction/Renovation/Building Purchase to provide 62 additional spots for the youth in our community.

Franzine Potts, YMCA of Grays Harbor’s CEO, says “She is excited for the youth and families in our community. This opportunity to expand services in Grays Harbor is a huge win for our Grays Harbor! It has been evident that availability of Early Learning and Licensed Childcare with diverse payment options has been a growing need in our community. The Y strives to fill gaps and ensure we continually work towards a better Grays Harbor. This opportunity is one more way in which the YMCA of Grays Harbor can help close this ever growing gap and improve our community.”

The project will double the YMCA of Grays Harbor’s licensed capacity for childcare which serves children from Pre-K to 12 years of age through a full-day and part-day model. Our plan is to continue services at the current YMCA of Grays Harbor facility at 2500 Simpson Ave. The funds from this project will facilitate the purchase of another building and renovation of that site, in the end giving the YMCA two sites in Hoquiam. The total project costs are estimated at $1.5 million. We are excited to announce that thanks to the Grays Harbor Community Foundation we have another $200,000 of support to help fund this project. Eric Potts, Executive Director of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation, expressed his support of the project, “Early learning is a new focus of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation. We can clearly see the value in giving Grays Harbor kids a quality jump start to their education and the ripple effect it will have on our community. The Y does this really well and we are glad to partner together to bring more quality and accessibility early learning opportunities to students and families in Grays Harbor.”

The YMCA Board of Directors approved the submittal of this grant and is in full support of acceptance. Brian Shay, current YMCA of Grays Harbor CVO, expressed his support of the grant, “On behalf of the entire board we are proud of the staff to win this competitive grant that will enable us to expand early learning in Grays Harbor which is such a critical need in our community and across the state.”

Franzine went on to express her thanks to the Department of Commerce, Grays Harbor Community Foundation, YMCA staff and board and local organizations who helped support the writing and awarding of this grant. If you are interested in donating to help support the project and it’s completion please contact Franzine Potts at the YMCA of Grays Harbor at fpotts@ghymca.net or 360-537-9622 x111.

The YMCA of Grays Harbor would like to thank all involved in preparing the grant and staff for their work in Early Learning Readiness. Together we achieve more!
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