Building the Future capitol campaign

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There is a childcare crisis in our communities. In a recent YCEA & Community Connections for Children survey on access to quality childcare 74% of the respondents reported that difficulties in accessing quality childcare had impacted their employment. 44% adjusted work schedules, 37% changed or reduced hours worked, 73% reported it has gotten harder to find childcare in the past year.

Third shift childcare is nonexistent in York County and over 57% of all PA residents live in a childcare desert. While we already provide short term respite emergency crisis nursery childcare in our community, we need your support in “Building the Future” to ensure that all children are safe, and fee loved and not a single child is left home alone or with another child as their primary care giver.

We are excited to be starting progress on a new building that will move services from the current location on 400/402 W. Market Street and transfer to a newly constructed building in the Salem Square area in York City at 636 West Poplar Street.

The Center will provide child centered creative art, play and psychotherapies, a crisis respite nursery (one of three in the State of PA), a traditional day childcare, family advocacy, parent education and support groups, a 24-hour caregiver hotline, and a gently used children clothing and toy bank, providing much needed assistance to families, while helping prevent child abuse and neglect.

Additionally, It will permit Children’s Aid Society to expand its crisis nursery as well as provide third-shift and traditional childcare services to infants and young children. According to PA 211, Licensed third shift childcare is non-existent in York County. As a result of the pandemic over the past two years, fifty six traditional day childcare facilities have closed their doors permanently, five closed temporarily, and those remaining open are running at high capacities with long waiting list of over two years. According to Child Care Works of PA, 85-89% or 8,815 of eligible children infant to toddlers are unserved in York County.

Your donation will support us empowering children and their families build stronger healthier lives and will be used to bring this vision to reality

We pray that you will join me in “Building the Future” for our children and their families. Thank You for your considerate support.