By Cynthia Germain
The Door County YMCA’s child care center supports over 90 children for working families in and around Sturgeon Bay. Since 2012, the YMCA has offered the program at the Barker Center in response to the need of working parents for safe quality care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. The Barker Center is located on Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay and is the only group licensed Child Care Center in Sturgeon Bay. Tom Beernsten, CEO of the Door County YMCA, is pleased with the support that they provide the community and calls out for teachers in what he considers their best work.
Beernsten knows that there are limited licensed group child care opportunities in the area and feels that this setting is an excellent place not only for care but for learning as the children grow.
There are waiting lists for certain ages as infants require a high child-to-staff ratio and as other children age and move into different classes. There are subsidies for lower-income families available that make this child care alternative more affordable. The staff of the Barker Center assists families during enrollment with the application for the state funding.