The Aberdeen Family YMCA’s Youth Development Center will be experiencing some big changes in the coming months.
In order to honor their contributions and dedication to the students of South Dakota, the YDC will now be known as the Glenna and Rodney Fouberg Youth Development Center. Glenna and Rodney were co-chairs during the construction of the YMCA in 2005. They also served as honorary chairs during the YDC’s construction in 2013. The late Glenna Fouberg was a teacher for nearly 40 years and served as the director of the Alternative Learning Center here in Aberdeen. A renaming event is scheduled for Jun. 8 at 12:00 PM. The event will take place at the YDC and all are welcome to attend.
In addition to the renaming, the YDC will also begin their campaign to fund an expansion to the building. The building will remain on State St. across from the YMCA. Additional parking will be added near the YMCA parking lot. The 10,562 square foot building expansion of eight classrooms will allow for the additional enrollment of 145 children ages 4 weeks to 5 years.
“When we first opened, we had two overflow rooms,” CEO Mike Quast said. “By 2014, we had those filled.”
Many daycares in the state were forced to shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, which drastically increased the demand for infant and toddler care. Currently, the waitlist for infants at the YDC is approximately six months.
“With this expansion, we can double the number of infants and toddlers we care for,” Quast said.
The addition is expected to be completed in March 2024. //—Annie Scott