June 5, 2018
With diplomas in hand and smiles on their faces, nearly 20 YWCA Central Alabama Pre-K students recently graduated from their yearlong program.
"Some of our students have been with us since they were in diapers, so moving on to their community schools is a big, exciting step," said YW Child Development Center Director (CDC) Morgan Hargrove. "Kindergarten readiness is an essential element of a child's career academic success, so our goal is to ensure that all students leave us prepared for bright futures."
YWCA's CDC is licensed by the State of Alabama and nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC). In addition to providing kids with a safe place to learn and play, students also receive snacks and two hot meals each day.
The YW participates in Alabama's First Class Pre-K program, which allows no more than 18 students in a class with two teachers. School days include free and structured play, which promotes ongoing, hands-on learning.
"Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate and stimulates imagination while focusing on essential skills," Hargrove said. "As the year progresses, we watch them develop physically and mentally, and we are certain these kids are leaving us with a strong foundation."
YWCA offers a conveniently-located, state-of-the-art facility with a diverse population, one factor that influenced Frances Clark's decision to enroll her daughter, Brooklynn, in the program.
"I love the atmosphere, but the thing I love most is the diversity of the kids and the teachers," she said. "You'll find a range of backgrounds and income levels, yet everyone is treated the same. That's important because when they go off further in life, that's what they will encounter."
In the fall, Brooklynn will go to Tuggle Elementary School. "She is ready," mom said. "I know that she is prepared."
YWCA's CDC is currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. To qualify, students must turn 4 years old before September 2, 2018. Those interested may begin the registration process by calling Morgan Hargrove at 205.322.9922 or clicking here.
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