The Scott County Family Y has opened up a new YMCA Early Learning Center at the Newcomb Presbyterian Church, 2619 N. Division St.

The Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Thursday at the new center, which opened Aug. 4.

Y spokesman Frank Klipsch IV said Friday the new center is licensed for 61 children ages 18 months to 5. Currently, the center has 16 children enrolled, he said.

Through a partnership with the Davenport Community School District, the center has 10 slots for free statewide voluntary preschool.

Klipsch said six of those slots have already been filled.

He said it cost about $50,000 to renovate the space, put in carpet and signage, paint and purchase equipment and supplies. Funding partners included Scott County Kids, Newcomb Church and the United Way of the Quad-Cities Area.

The Newcomb YMCA Early Learning Center is one of three centers offered through the Y.

The other locations are the Palmer YMCA Early Learning Center, 724 Harrison St., and the Davenport YMCA Early Learning Center, 606 W. 2nd St.

The three centers together will serve 230 children, Klipsch said.

The Y will break ground later this month on a brand new Davenport YMCA Learning Center on East 4th Street. The center is slated to open in May, Klipsch said.

The Y also serves another 372 childrenin before- and after-school programs in conjunction with the Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley School Districts.

For more information about the Newcomb center, call 563-345-6511.

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