Ribbon Cut for Woodruff Family Y Child Development Wing

Date: September 22, 2016

State Sen. Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) was joined Thursday, September 22 by local elected officials, Woodruff Family Y Board Members and Staff with Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Leadership, as well as a few dozen young children, to cut the ribbon on the new child development wing at the Woodruff Family YMCA.

“We know that the time we invest in our kids when they’re very young makes a critical difference in their ability to succeed in school and throughout their lives. That’s what this project is about,” said Slossberg. “By expanding classroom space we have increased the number of young lives that can be impacted by the great work of the Woodruff Family YMCA. This YMCA does incredible work for our community, and I’m proud to have been able to help them with that work.”

The $250,000 of state bonding made it possible for the Woodruff Family YMCA to build its new early learning center. The bonding paid for the construction and furnishing of three new classrooms, as well as children’s restrooms.

“The Woodruff YMCA keeps getting better and better,” Mayor Ben Blake said during the ceremony. “This is a place where I grew up, taking swimming lessons and going to summer camps. I have three children under seven years old, and we take them here very often as well.”

David Stevenson, President & CEO of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, talked about the education achievement gap in the state.

“What a great day it is for Milford and the mighty Woodruff Family YMCA,” Stevenson said. “We have some pretty serious challenges here in Connecticut, but I’m convinced that we have the assets and the resources to address them. One of those challenges is the education achievement gap that so many families struggle with. We know that in many of our towns and our cities kids who get into fifth grade are several grades behind. The most powerful thing we can do is help kids get off to a good start. So while this new child care facility is about creating support for families, it’s also about helping kids get academically prepared to enter kindergarten on par with their peers.”

For more information the Woodruff Family Y and it’s new Child Development Wing – please review their web site or visit them in Milford on 631 Orange Avenue.  Josh Royce, Executive Director; Donna Denesha, Child Care Director and any Member Service Team Member would be happy to give you a tour and answer questions. 203 878 6501