Clearwater, FL (September 13, 2013)– The High Point YMCA is providing a free Early Learning Readiness program for caregivers, parents and their children five and under. The Y’s program is designed to help children enter school ready to succeed and it gives parents and caregivers skills to encourage learning.
“A strong foundation in early childhood results in better and more effective development later, a weaker foundation really puts us behind,” said Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
This Y program assists in building that foundation by providing an environment for children to play and learn while developing their physical, verbal and social skills. Thanks to an informal setting with multiple play areas, caregivers and parents will learn how children develop and how they can encourage learning at home.
“The Y is all about helping our children grow,” said George Garcia, High Point YMCA Executive Director. Garcia is also very excited about what caregivers, parents and their children will learn.
“We’ll provide an environment like their home where parents and their kids can try new things that will help them build a stronger relationship.”
Caregiver and parent classes with their children start Tuesday, September 17 and they meet twice a month. The first session is Spanish only from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the English only class meets from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. All sessions are located at the High Point YMCA, 5345 Laurel Pl., in Clearwater.
For more information call Carlos Mercado at (727) 272-5832, visit us online at ymcasuncoast.org or just stop by.
The YMCA of the Suncoast is a cause-driven, charitable organization that strengthens the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We serve more than 85,000 men, women, and children in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas Counties.