Six Mass. Nonprofits Get $6M to Improve Early Ed Programs

December 21, 2019 — Six Massachusetts nonprofits, from the North Shore to Cape Cod, each recently received a $1 million capital improvement grant from the state for facility improvements at early education and care programs that serve low-income children.

All of the grantees serve publicly-subsidized families, have demonstrated financial need, and have secured additional funding to pay for a portion of their project costs.

“These grants were created to help nonprofit providers serving children in low-income communities improve their facilities, because we know that building deficiencies impact the quality of teaching and learning in early childhood," said Education Secretary James Peyser.

The Early Education and Out of School Time capital improvement grants are financed through the state's capital budget and provide matching funds that leverage private investment.

Receiving the grants were the following: The YMCA of Cape Cod will use the funding to renovate a space at the Hyannis Village Marketplace and convert it to five classrooms for 65 infants, toddlers and preschoolers, according to a report in the Cape Cod Times. The project is scheduled for completion in September.

YMCA Cape Cod President and CEO Stacie Peugh said, "This new early education center located in the heart of downtown Hyannis will offer a state-of-the-art environment with optimal learning opportunities for children led by loving early childhood professionals."

The Cape Cod Times quoted her saying, "It’s exactly what the Cape Cod community needs."

State Rep. William Crocker, R-Centerville was reported noting that the new facility will help ease parents’ fears over lack of affordable child care, which was aggravated by the sudden closing of Cape Cod Child Development (CCCD), a Hyannis nonprofit, on Aug. 30 following months of crises and the cancellation of a federal contract to operate the local Head Start program.

CCCD had merged with the Job Training & Employment Corporation (JTEC) in March, operating as a 501(c)(3) organization as an affiliate of JTEC.

YMCA Cape Cod is reportedly applying for the Cape’s Head Start license, with its new Hyannis facility serving as a Head Start center.