West Chester, Pa (August 31, 2023) – As many local students head back to school this week, state Senator Carolyn Comitta met with leaders and educators from the YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) to thank them for their commitment to the community.
A former teacher and a member of the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee, Comitta is keenly aware of the importance of high-quality childcare and early learning programs.
Staffing Challenges Affect Childcare Centers and Families
“Access to affordable and reliable childcare is crucial to both our children’s future and the economic success of working families,” state Senator Carolyn Comitta said. “Ensuring a safe and quality learning environment sets our kids up for success down the road in school, work, and life. In addition, it allows parents and guardians to return to work and pursue new jobs, career advancement, or other employment opportunities.”
While reliable childcare is vital for working families, many are unable to access care due to long waitlists are local centers. According to data from PA Partnerships for Children, 91% of Pennsylvania childcare providers are facing a staffing shortage, with nearly 7,000 open childcare positions across the state, limiting the availability of childcare.
YMCA Childcare and Early Learning Centers Rise to the Challenge
“Like many childcare centers, we are actively hiring teachers, assistant teachers and aides,” shares Bertram L. Lawson II, President & CEO of YGBW. “As the largest provider of licensed, high-quality, affordable childcare in Chester County, we have a great responsibility to uphold for our community.”
“The Oscar Lasko YMCA has been an important community resource since I was a child,” shares Comitta, as she spoke of her personal connection to the branch. “Same Y. Same Spirit. Same love for children and families. I’m grateful for the leadership of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine for being there for all of our children and families.”