“The YMCA’s first priority is for the health and safety of our children and also for the staff who care for them,” YMCA spokeswoman Mary Anne Swanstrom said in May 2014. “Immediately, we shut the facility down, made sure everyone was out, so we could mitigate the issue."
While crews remediated the mildew, management opted to remodel the then-25-year-old facility, as well.
"It gives the community a safe place to bring their children every day," said center director Lisa Glaspie.
During the $150,000 project, the center was nearly gutted to install new wiring, plumbing and duct work. It also received a new HVAC unit, new flooring, new drop ceilings, new paint and a new security system.
"I know the quality is here and with the Y, they bring so many resources with them," said Glaspie.
Most families utilized the YMCA's two other early education centers during the renovations. Officials reopened the facility's doors in July 2015 and celebrated the renovation effort with Monday's ribbon cutting ceremony.
The YMCA Northwest Early Childhood Education Center currently serves more than 50 children, from 6 weeks of age to 5 years. Eighty percent receive tuition assistance.
"For us to bring not just a babysitting service, but an educational opportunity for the families here that we serve, it's crucial," said Glaspie.
The center currently has some vacancies in its program. To apply, click here.