YMCA Thank you - 5.28.2020

YMCA childcare staff members pose with some of the children they care for.

Gothenburg Early Childhood Learning Coalition members and Board of Directors presented a thank-you gift basket of goodies to the staff of the YMCA last week. GECLC Coordinator Nichole Hetz explained the basket was a way to express their deepest gratitude for the way the Y stepped up and provided child care for the hospital staff’s children while their regular child care providers were closed.

“The YMCA staff worked tirelessly to provide needed care, and their hard work should be recognized,” said Hetz. “As our local child care centers begin to open and the YMCA begins to return back to ‘business as usual,’ we wanted to be sure the staff knew how much they were appreciated and how grateful the community is for their willingness to step into an uncertain situation and provide care for these children.”

During last week’s virtual Town Hall meeting, GECLC President Colten Venteicher also praised the YMCA childcare staff for stepping in to fill the gap during the pandemic. He said that now that things are beginning to open back up in the community, including the two daycare centers, it is important to try to keep children active.

“We’re really encouraging parents to get their kids back involved in regular programs, from a developmental standpoint,” said Venteicher.

Antonia Mendez, after school program director at the Y, praised the staff for their dedication to the families of Gothenburg - and in particular wanted to give a shout out to the young members of the staff.

“These high school and college kids have done a tremendous job taking care of these kids from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday since March,” said Mendez. “They are all amazingly talented, creative, smart, caring individuals that deserve only the best from their community for the service they have provided.”

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