The YMCA of Monroe County will close its Center for Children and Families at the end of the week.
The facility notified parents of the closing in early November, citing financial issues. The situation is putting stress on families who were forced to find other child care services.
Rebecca Warren has been using the program services for years. She says the closing was unexpected and it’s been hard to find a caregiver for her youngest. They’ve already been through three schools within a month since the announcement.
“So we toured another school but it was almost twice the cost what we’d been paying at the ‘Y,’” Warren says. “We went ahead and enrolled him and then we started kind of doing the math and we’re like we can’t afford it. There’s no way. This is almost twice what our mortgage is.”
Warren says she won’t go back to the YMCA for any other services because of how the organization handled the closing of the child care program.
“I feel like it was a bad decision in how they support and involved in the community, and I’m not going to support the other things they do because of it,” Warren says.
Jodi Baker is a spokesperson for the Monroe County YMCA. She says 87 families were forced to find a new child care provider. Baker says the YMCA will determine the future of the space that housed the child care program next year.
“I mean it’s certainly been a struggle this year,” Baker say. “Once we’re able to decide what we want to do with the space we’ll look forward to how we can better serve our members.”
Baker says they plan to donate the remaining furniture in the facility.