RICHMOND (WRIC) - Several YMCA daycares in Richmond are closing the doors for good.
Monday night, the Richmond YMCA announced three of its daycares - the Northside, and Downtown Y's as well as the McClenahan Child Development Center - would be closing at the end of the school year.
Currently the program serves 198 kids.
Karen Keegan, Chief Operating Officer for the YMCA says they gave the move some careful thought, deciding it would be best to pull resources from their daycare program and put them toward a growing after school need.
"Obviously, it's never an easy decision when kids and parents are involved," she says. "Biggest times in the day when kids get into trouble is in the after school hours, so giving kids good constructive activities to do an all those good things that improve academic performance is really important."
While the YMCA serves nearly 200 kids in daycare, it serves about 2,000 in after school programs. Keegan says that need is growing and almost half of the kids currently in daycare, will start attending school next year.
"You can't do everything, and especially in this day and age, you can't do everything."
In the meantime, the YMCA is working with parents on finding daycare alternatives, hoping seven months is enough time.
"We're hoping we can provide some resources for parents to explore where they could take their kid after that."
They believe they can best serve the community by trying to help as many kids after school as possible. Keegan says they're still in the planning stages of their after school program.
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