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W&L Helps Yellow Brick Road Renovate to Accommodate More Families Yellow Brick Road has renovated its facility to accommodate more students thanks to a leading gift from W&L.

— by on October 4th, 2017

“As one of the largest employers in our area, W&L recognizes that quality, affordable child care is at a premium in our community and is supporting our efforts to meet this important need not only for their employees but for those for whom quality care is out of reach.”

Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center Inc. (YBR), the only full-day, licensed center serving infants of all income levels in Lexington and Rockbridge County, has renovated its facility to accommodate more students thanks to a leading gift to its capital improvement campaign from Washington and Lee University.

“YBR is extremely grateful to W&L for its generous support of our capital improvement project and for making it possible for us to begin this important work,” said YBR Executive Director Misty Camden. “As one of the largest employers in our area, W&L recognizes that quality, affordable child care is at a premium in our community and is supporting our efforts to meet this important need not only for their employees but for those for whom quality care is out of reach.”

The renovation will bring the number of infants YBR can serve from eight to 12 in a new space on the lower level of the facility designed specifically to meet their needs. The reorganization of space will allow for four more children in the 12- to 16-month-old class and eight more in the 16- to 18-month-old classes. The total number of children served will grow from 78 to 94. The project also will enhance YBR’s efforts for quality assessment and improvement through the Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scale® and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale®.

“The demand for our services outweighs the number of families we were previously able to accommodate,” said Camden. “One of the hardest aspects of my job as executive director is not being able to provide child care and early learning to every family who needs these important services. This project will move the needle a little forward in meeting our communities’ needs.”

There will be a ribbon cutting at YBR on Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the opening of their new infant classrooms and renovated playground.

To join Washington and Lee in supporting this important project, access the donate feature on yellowbrickrd.net.