More child care is on the way for Northwest Rochester.

The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities/YMCA Rochester filed a development plan this month to revamp a 12,000-square-foot building at 2364 Valleyhigh Drive NW into a licensed YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center.

YMCA facilities like this offer full-day, year-round day care options for children ages six weeks to five years. There are 10 operating in Twin Cities metro area.

Joan Schimml, senior director of communications and marketing for the Twin Cities YMCA, confirmed the plan to lease building and use it as day care.

She explained that the plan is to be able to accommodate 150 children in the center. The hope is to open it in early 2019.

“The YMCA will be sharing more details about the new Early Childhood Learning Center in early fall,” Schimml said via email.

This project will not directly change anything for Rochester’s YMCA facility at 709 First Ave. SW. The Med City organization voted last year to be taken under the wing of the Twin Cities YMCA.

The building that will house the new center is now occupied by the Rosa Parks Charter High School, formerly called Rochester Off Campus charter high school. The Rosa Parks school is reportedly looking for a new home in Rochester.

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