A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, and an extra exciting time for kids entering preschool at Pacific Beach.
With the support from the Grays Harbor Community Foundation and North Beach School District the YMCA of Grays Harbor has launched a new Preschool and Afterschool Enrichment Care location at Pacific Beach Elementary. An Open House was held on October 11th and our first day of preschool on October 12th. Currently the preschool program has 16 kids enrolled and has a licensed capacity of 20 preschoolers. These students will be some of the first children in Grays Harbor to receive full day preschool!
Advances in science and research have proven the important impact that preschool programs can have on children’s learning. Unfortunately too many children still do not have access to these programs causing huge educational gaps to exist for some children when starting kindergarten. The addition of the new preschool site at Pacific Beach Elementary will expand access to high-quality preschool and help narrow achievement gaps.
Grays Harbor Community Foundation’s Great Beginnings of Grays Harbor supported the project with an award of capital dollars to ensure program feasibility and scholarship assistance to ensure sustainability of the program. The YMCA led the charge in licensing the site and North Beach School District came in with a significant in-kind donation during the renovation of the site. To ensure the success of the program both the YMCA and North Beach School District have put forth operating resources to ensure the program runs successfully and grows for years to come. It has been remarkable to witness the work put in by each organization, all with the best interest of the youth in mind.
“This exciting opportunity is a testament of what can be done when multiple community organizations work together to impact the youth in our community” says Franzine Potts, CEO/Executive Director of the YMCA of Grays Harbor. “The collaboration will allow us to reach youth in a remote community who may not otherwise have this opportunity. By placing the benefit of youth as the driving force of this project, once only a dream, became a reality.”
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 22 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 of Grays Harbor (360) 537-9622, www.ghymca.net