A donation will help the YMCA of Reading and Berks County help young children and their parents in need of quality child care.
Susquehanna Bank presented a check for $3,458 to the Y. The money, donated under the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, will be used to support the Y's child care programs for preschool age children.
More than 90 percent of the children enrolled in the child care program at the Y's Reading branch receive some sort of financial assistance either from the state-funded Child Care Information Services (CCIS) support or directly from the YMCA, said officials, who noted that no one is ever turned away from services for an inability to pay.
The CCIS funding, however, is not immediately available for all qualified families because of Pennsylvania budget cuts, officials said.
"EITC approval means that we have another avenue of funding to support local children and families," said Kim Johnson, president and CEO, YMCA of Reading & Berks County.
The EITC program, created by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, provides tax credits for businesses that make qualified contributions to a scholarship organization, an educational improvement organization and/or a pre-K scholarship organization.
The YMCA of Reading and Berks County operates five locations throughout the area: Downtown Reading, Reading High School, Wyomissing, Fleetwood and Tamaqua, Schuylkill Co.
The Y’s childcare centers are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The downtown Reading YMCA also offers second shift care, allowing for children to be picked up as late as 12:30 a.m.