By Shaunna Cullen
Local and state representatives, YWCA New Britain’s Executive Director Robin Sharp and the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority’s (CHEFA) Grant Program Manager Betty Sugarman Weintraub recently toured YWCA’s facility to see where CHEFA’s $69,425 grant will be used to make improvements in the building.
“This grant supports CHEFA’s childcare funding priority,” said Betty. “CHEFA is one of the few funders that award capital expenditure grants, we are proud of our Board of Directors for recognizing this important niche.”
One area that grant money will be used for is the playground. With the amount of use the ground sees due to increased childcare enrollment, much of the grass has become dirt. A durable alternative is necessary to keep the play area safe and usable for the children. Funds will also be used for new windows and an air exchange ventilation unit for the Pamela E. Hill childcare wing.
“The support of our community partners is integral to our success. Partners like CHEFA, who help to fund much needed capital projects, allow us to reinvest in the quality of our programs. It's always great to work with Betty, her enthusiasm for the work that we do is energizing. It's wonderful to see how clearly CHEFA understands the value of investing in quality early childhood education,“ Robin said.
The improvements are scheduled to begin in May of this year and take about four to six weeks to complete.