Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Shanna Good
In an ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality early learning and childcare for the residents of Darke County, the YMCA of Darke County has been working on exciting program updates, which also include a name change to The Greenville Y Child Development Center.

“As one of our YMCA national areas of focus, youth development is foundational to us,” said CEO Sam Casalano. “We believe that the skills and values children learn early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. As we strive to support the development of every child cognitively, physically, spiritually and socially, and also recognize the essential nature of our partnership between school and home, it is our desire that every child realize their full potential, resulting in confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow. Our name change is part of our journey and we are grateful to partner with families in our wonderful community.”

Katie Roberts
Another exciting update for the Child Development Center involves a new director. Katelyn Roberts joins the team as Director of Child Development. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University with a specialty in Early Childhood Education. She previously served as a lead toddler teacher in a NAEYC accredited program (the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the highest and most distinguished accrediting board), served as a YMCA day camp director and also as a YMCA camp counselor and YMCA before and after school administrator. Both her background in education as well as previous YMCA experience position her well to take the early learning programs to the next level of excellence.

To better assist the growing program, Interim Director Shanna Good will remain as the Associate Director of Child Development. Shanna’s extensive knowledge of the community and years of YMCA service make her an ideal fit to compliment and complete the leadership team.

“We are excited to welcome Katie and we look forward to great things under her leadership. We are also pleased to have Shanna Good remain with our Child Development Center as part of her ongoing YMCA responsibilities. Shanna also serves as our Member Services Director and is a strong asset to our association,” noted Casalano.

To better serve families, hours of operation will expand to 5:30 AM- 6:00 PM Monday through Friday, effective in September.

Research shows that children enrolled in high quality early learning programs are more likely to stay in school, attend college, earn more money and be employed in high-skilled jobs than their peers.
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Registration is currently underway for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information about the Greenville Y Child Development Center, please call 548-3777 or e-mail

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