WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williamstown Youth Center After School Program has received a regular license from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
This two-year license is the first regular license that the after-school program has ever achieved and reflects the quality of its program and its exceptional new facility.
The after-school program had achieved a six-month provisional license in November immediately before its move to its new building on School Street.
"We are extremely pleased that the Department of Early Education and Care has substantiated the quality of our after-school program," executive Director David Rempell said in a news release announcing the licensing. "While our former facility would have made such licensure extremely problematic, the new building has allowed us to enhance our program and provide a much more appropriate environment for the children. We look forward to being able to add additional programs to our after-school program in the future."
In order to receive a regular license to operate a large group and school age child care program, the Youth Center needed to meet many criteria.
These criteria include the quality of interactions between children and staff, appropriateness of activities, equipment and materials that are employed by the program, quality of the facility, appropriate inspections, etc.
"At the present time we are planning for summer camp. Our new facility will allow us to do many more things than we were able to do in the past," Rempell said.