YMCA of the USA Applauds President’s Call to Make High-Quality Early Learning Available for Every Child in America
Washington, D.C., February 13, 2013 – YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for the nation’s 2,700 YMCAs, applauds President Obama for calling for a national effort to make high-quality early learning available to every child in America. Every day, Ys across the country engage thousands of children and their families struggling with poverty, health issues, neighborhood violence, cultural or language barriers, or lack of opportunities for academic and cultural enrichment.
As a leading provider of early learning and afterschool education and enrichment programs, the Y believes that more children need to have the benefits of quality early learning and afterschool programs. The Y, and other trusted providers in our communities, stand ready to work with President Obama to provide quality early learning to young children.
“At the Y, we know that providing quality early learning education is a very wise investment for our kids and for the country,” said Neal Denton, Senior Vice President and Chief Government Affairs Officer for the YMCA of the USA. “A dollar invested in young children is a critical investment for our community and we see the value every day at the Y.”
Research shows that the early years of a child’s life are the most important for brain development and that starting school ready to learn helps launch a successful educational path. Because close to half of our country’s children are not engaged in formal child care or preschool settings, the Y is piloting early learning programs set in community spaces aimed at supporting both children and their caregivers in quality early cognitive, emotional and physical development.
The Y has a long history of encouraging and supporting children in building literacy, improving academic engagement and performance, skill building, accessing higher education and employment training. Improving educational outcomes, particularly children living in poverty, has become more important in our changing economy, and Ys, through programming, role models and school partnerships, are improving the academic performance of our young people.
For more information about the Y, visit www.ymca.net.
About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net
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