YMCA renames children’s center

Facility is now Hollidaysburg Area YMCA Early Learning Center

FRANKSTOWN — The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA Children’s Center has a new name.

YMCA officials announced Thursday the name of the facility on Reservoir Road in the former Frankstown Elementary School building is now the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA Early Learning Center.

The new name is better reflective of the high level of education and care children in the region have received for the past 20 years, said YMCA Executive Director Tom Kopriva.

“We remain committed to excellence in academic readiness and child care in a building whose name now better reflects the mission,” Kopriva said.

The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA Early Learning Center has been the recipient of the prestigious 4 Stars by the Keystone Stars program for several years.

The center received this distinction because of the continuous quality improvement of set standards, training/professional development, assistance, resources and support.

“This center is a 4 Star facility and has been for many years. I have always been impressed with the staff and all that you do,” said Lisa Ruffner, a Keystone Stars representative.

The center has been an important part of the community.

“We have strived very hard to offer quality programs to the families in our community where they know their children are safe and secure and get a top-rated program,” said Sandy McGough, center director.

“With the rating it has, people feel very comfortable bringing their young children here; they know they will be taken care of and get a good education,” said YMCA board member Jim Popp.

Meanwhile, the future of the center remains in question.

YMCA board members are considering an expansion project at the YMCA building on Hewitt Street, which could lead to the closing of the Reservoir Road building.

Officials are expected to decide within the next year or two whether to proceed with the multimillion dollar expansion project.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.