It wasn't clear what she was pointing toward: It might have been the toy computer console, it could've been the rows of toy vehicles on the shelf, it might have been books and the new reading nook, or it might have been the arts and crafts supplies.
What was clear is that the Youth Development Center has a lot for children to enjoy.
"I think they all just like the new toys," Holler said with a laugh.
Thursday was opening day for the YMCA Youth Development Center, the $4.3 million, 25,000-square-foot building on South State Street created to expand the Y's after-school and day care programs. The center offers all-day care for infants and preschoolers with a preschool curriculum, plus after-school day care programs for children from kindergarten to sixth grade.
The new building was designed around a "Wizard of Oz" theme. The theme is obvious as soon as one walks in the building and sees the yellow brick road — the winding yellow stripe going down the hallway past the classrooms.
All of the rooms in the center are named after characters or scenes from "The Wizard of Oz."
Cari Heupel, director of child care, said Thursday was the first day in the new building for more than 100 children already involved of the Learning Tree Program, the Y's program for infants to 4-year-olds.
The YMCA sold the building where it used to host the Learning Tree Program, at 405 S. Washington St., to Wagner Holdings LLC for $232,010, according to court documents.
Ron Wagner, principal of Wagner Holdings, said the building will be used by Behavioral Care Specialists as a place to provide special needs education.
About 10 more kids were signed up for YMCA day care Thursday, Heupel said.
The size of the Youth Development Center and its proximity to the Y's main building allows for the staff to provide children with a vast assortment of after-school activities, Heupel said.
Activities such as beading, weaving, cooking and photography were scheduled for Thursday, she said, and that represents only a small sample of potential activities.
The Youth Development Center has an indoor playground, an indoor gym, an activities area, plus access to the Y's facilities, including the swimming pool.
An outdoor playground that is still under construction will also be available.
The enrollment fee has not changed since the relocations, thanks to grants and the fundraising efforts by the community, said Steve Graf, Aberdeen Family YMCA executive director.
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