YMCA and UNCA Partner to Offer Afterschool Child Care in Hendersonville
*Press Release Below Courtesy UNC Asheville
A new afterschool child care option will be available this fall in Hendersonville, with UNC Asheville and the YMCA of Western North Carolina partnering to host services in the Kellogg Center at 1181 Broyles Road, Hendersonville. The YMCA of Western North Carolina will operate the afterschool child care services as part of their 2018-19 program offerings, beginning August 27. Families interested in registering for the program can learn more at http://ymcawnc.org/afterschool.
“This is a unique partnership opportunity to expand our services to Henderson County residents, ranging from youth to healthy agers,” said Paul Vest, president and CEO of the YMCA of WNC. “We're also excited about building deeper connections with UNC Asheville, its students and alumni, the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness, and other partners in the community as we all strive to make WNC a healthier community.”
The two buildings, which total just over 8,000 square feet, also will provide room for the YMCA to add health and wellness programs for older adults, while benefitting from the expertise of the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville. The 46-acre property features forest and field trails, complemented by natural and man-made art.
“Our partnership with the YMCA of Western North Carolina extends UNC Asheville’s mission to connect to our community and provide high quality character building activities for all ages and stages of life. We are excited to see the Kellogg Center and the surrounding acres once again serve as a learning environment,” said Nancy J. Cable, Chancellor, UNC Asheville.
The one-year facility use agreement may be extended for up to three years. This is the first time the YMCA of WNC has offered an afterschool program in Henderson County. Families interested in registering for the program can call the Y Business Center at 828.251.5910 or go to http://ymcawnc.org/afterschool to learn more.
The Kellogg Center was originally the summer residence of Kathryn A. Kellogg, who bequeathed it to Wake Forest University in 1969, which did not have a university use for it at the time, so it was transferred to the UNC System. The property has been part of UNC Asheville since 1987.