The YMCA Central and Walnut Street Branches Receive a 4 Star Rating in Childcare

Wilmington, Delaware – The Walnut Street YMCA received a Star 4 rating from Delaware Stars for their camp, preschool and before and after programs. Every day, between 125 and 250 children attend one or more of these programs at the Walnut Street YMCA. Delaware Stars is a non-profit program administered by the Delaware Department of Education where a quality rating system is used to assess levels of quality in early care, education and school­ age settings. Participation in Delaware Stars is voluntary and demonstrates a program’s commitment to continuous quality improvement.

Executive Director of the downtown Central and Walnut Street branches, Lee Bunting, said, “Our journey and advancement to a Star 4 rating is indicative of our determination to give families and children the highest quality care and education possible. The Y offers the framework for support, safety and guidance for children in all our programs.  Our commitment to the Delaware Stars process is just another way we ensure that children attending the YMCA receive the best possible care.   Our inclusive programs served over 400 children in

2014.In addition to our work with Delaware Stars, we served 90,000 lunches and snacks and worked with children from over 60 elementary schools. At the Y, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.”

Said Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Delaware, “We are proud of our YMCA Childcare leadership and staff whose determination and commitment resulted in the 4 star rating for all our childcare programs. Families seeking programs for their children can confidently come to the Y for a great experience.”

For more information on YMCA Walnut Street childcare programs contact Kristina Woznicki, Associate Director of the YMCA Walnut Street branch at or 302- 472-9622 extension 115.

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The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.