Upstate YMCA expands childcare to help with eLearning

LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) — The YMCA of the Lakelands, which serves Abbeville, Greenwood and Laurens counties, is expanding their child development program to help kids with eLearning.



an office with a desk and chair in a room: Staff set up a makeshift classroom for some of the youngest students at the Laurens YMCA. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)


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Staff set up a makeshift classroom for some of the youngest students at the Laurens YMCA. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)




a group of people sitting at a table with a blue chair: The gym at the Laurens YMCA is filled with tables where students can work on eLearning. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)


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The gym at the Laurens YMCA is filled with tables where students can work on eLearning. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)


Before the pandemic they had four child development programs, but CEO Brian Harlan said they’ve now added a fifth at the Laurens YMCA.

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They’ve expanded hours and ages for their after school child development program, now allowing students through high school to attend during the day.

At the Laurens branch, Harlan said enrollment can average about 100 students a day.

They’ve converted the gymnasium into a

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