Investing in ‘brain food’ at First County Bank

The four-year-old classroom at the YMCA of Greenwich Childcare Center showed their appreciation by presenting a thank you card to RoseMary Ogden and Mark Rosenbloom.

The four-year-old classroom at the YMCA of Greenwich Childcare Center showed their appreciation by presenting a thank you card to RoseMary Ogden and Mark Rosenbloom.

The YMCA Of Greenwich recently received a “community first” grant to support early childhood nutrition from The First County Bank Foundation, Inc.

The  $2,500 grant, which is part of the foundation’s Community First program, will support a new snack program offering fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and quality starches to children at the YMCA.

“We are proud of this partnership with First County Bank Foundation,” said Ed Philipp, CEO of the YMCA of Greenwich. “This investment in our children will provide great dividends for the community’s future. Youth development, healthy living and social responsibility are what we’re all about. This grant is helping us to deliver on our mission.”

The Y’s Childcare Center, located at 2 St. Roch Avenue, serves 100 children from birth through age four.

The program is dedicated to providing quality childcare services that fosters family life, provide opportunities and activities that develop learning skills and offer a curriculum that promotes self-expression, confidence and self-esteem.

More than 25% of the children enrolled in full-day and half-day childcare receive financial assistance.

“Research shows that a nutritious diet is the best way to promote brain development,” said David Cohen, senior director of programs and membership for the bank.

“Thanks to the First County Bank Foundation, the children will continue to engage in an exciting curriculum that keeps them learning and prepares them for success in kindergarten, fueling both their bodies and their brains.”

For information regarding the YMCA of Greenwich early childhood programs, which are open year-round from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, contact David Cohen at [email protected] or 203-869-3381.

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