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YMCA to start Early Learning Center in Hernando this fall

Photo: This vacant daycare center at 906 Magnolia Hills Cove in Hernando will this fall become home to the YMCA Early Learning Center. (Bob Bakken/

A closed Hernando daycare center is soon to reopen under the auspices of the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South, which has purchased the building at 905 Magnolia Hills Cove off McIngvale Road. 

The YMCA bought the daycare center and plans to start an Early Learning Center (ELC) at the location. 

“The YMCA is excited and honored to better serve the children and families through quality early learning care in the city of Hernando,” said Jerry Martin, President and CEO, YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South. “We greatly appreciate the support we have received from the Maddox Foundation, as well as the community, to be able to care for the families in this area with these much needed services.”

The Maddox Foundation provided $900,000 in matching grant funds for the center, which the YMCA has matched. It is part of the continuing efforts of the YMCA to provide more services, and eventually a center, in Hernando.  

“Our goal is to continue to be an asset to the Hernando community through our work around Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility,” said YMCA senior vice president Justin Inskeep, “By purchasing the ELC, we are continuing to feed children, and our efforts to build a Y is our continued focus.”

Currently, the YMCA is focusing on facility enhancement of the building. Target dates for registration will be in the fall of 2023. The center will have the potential to serve over 130 children at this facility. (Ages 6 weeks – 5 Years)

“We will also be developing our staff team who will support the work there once we open,” Inskeep said. 

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