After reading the news article about the YMCA Tiny Tots Center, I was appalled at the amount of incorrect information. Is Jeff Collen that misinformed or is he trying to pull the wool over the public's eyes?

Here are the facts about the closing of Tiny Tots. Before news of the closing the center, 21 children were enrolled, not 12. In the Head Start, 16 children were registered. That makes 37 children in all. Only four of Head Start's children are scheduled to attend afternoon program.

The Tiny Tots Center (including Head Start) is licensed to accommodate 40 children between the ages of 2 to 5 years old, not 2 to 4. The YMCA employs six workers: Three full-time and three part-time. Doesn't Jeff know how many people work under him?

Yes, HRDC did decide to move the Head Start program to another facility. This is due to the ending of their contract with the YMCA and the exploitation of Head Start's criteria. For one year, Jeff used YMCA employees, who only met Child Care Certification, to fill in after the original Head Start teacher left. Head Start's criteria requires a teacher with a Bachelor's Degree to teach. Even though many certified applicants applied, none was hired.

Yes, the Tiny Tots Center is about 3,000 square feet. But Head Start only operated about a quarter of this space. Their leaving would not give Tiny Tots a "big space" to occupy. When Head Start first moved into the center, many Tiny Tots classes were combined to accommodate this change.

At the beginning of March, Tiny Tots was told to not accept any more children into the Center. No explanation was given until news leaked out about the renting of the Center.

First, the ice skating rink was removed from the YMCA and now the Tiny Tots Childcare Center is going too. What is in store for the future of the YMCA in our community and our children's lives? It was said that this is for the good of the YMCA, but is it? The YMCA is to provide for the needs of the community and help its youth grow. Where did the YMCA go wrong? How is removing programs that the community depended on good? When did the needs of a business exceed those of a community?

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