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Many families do not have access to traditional preschool experiences due to transportation barriers, inability to pay or cultural choice - especially immigrant communities. The Y works to meet this need through the Caring and Learning With Me Program for caregivers and their children ages 0-5.

About the program

Serving over 270 children and their caregivers at 10 sites each week, this Early Learning Readiness program brings the preschool experience to local churches and community centers, providing a high-quality early learning experience directly to the children who need it most. Caregivers engage with their children in a dual-language learning environment that promotes active learning through play. Y staff model positive adult-child interactions at 15 learning centers with activities tied to the Georgia Early Learning Standards. Thanks to annual campaign donors and key funders such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and The UPS Foundation, the Y is able to deliver this program free of cost to all participants.

By providing access to high quality early learning experiences that engage both the children and their caregivers, the Y is ensuring more Hispanic and first-generation children receive the critical skills needed to start school ready to learn, and transforming our community through educational awareness and empowerment.

To learn more, contact Yeni Garcia at YeniG@ecdcllc.org.

The need

There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten. During that time brain architecture is forming, creating either a strong or weak foundation for all future learning. Child development is a dynamic, interactive process that is not predetermined.

Children who are not reading at grade level by third grade are more likely to drop out of school, to be arrested by age 18, and to be unemployed – and early learning is a crucial component to ensuring children begin school on track to learn to read.

86% of caregivers indicated their children had no prior early learning program to prepare them for school besides the Y’s mobile Early Learning Readiness program.

To learn more, contact Yeni Garcia at YeniG@ecdcllc.org.

The impact

Participants consistently demonstrate gains in school readiness in terms of social and emotional development. Graduates of the program are better equipped to self-regulate, communicate, adapt behaviors and interact with peers and teachers—skills that ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn.

99% of caregivers reported that they better understand their role in helping children in their care develop the skills and knowledge they need to be prepared for kindergarten.

100% of caregivers reported that they understand more about how to help young children learn by reading and playing together.

To learn more, contact Yeni Garcia at YeniG@ecdcllc.org.

Areas served

Peachtree Corners

To learn more, contact Yeni Garcia at YeniG@ecdcllc.org.