ECISD, Odessa Family YMCA announce innovative Pre-K partnership
On July 12, the Odessa Family YMCA and Ector County ISD announced a new, innovative partnership to provide three-year-old Prekindergarten for the community. The YMCA's new Learning Center on Pagewood Avenue is being renovated to serve up to 150 children, starting In August.
"We recognized a couple of years ago that 65% of our children are not kindergarten-ready when they start school," said ECISD Superintendent Dr. Muri said. "Imagine starting a race behind the others racers. We knew we needed to do something but we did not have the capacity for the three-year-old program. The YMCA really stepped up to join us."
Youth development is one of the core values of the Odessa Family Y so, YMCA Chief Executive Officer Crissy Media said forming this partnership with ECISD Is a great fit. "It's something that has been a passion of the Odessa Family, to enhance early childhood education and kindergarten readiness so we are very excited about this opportunity.
""It's like swiping right and finding your soulmate," Ms. Media added.
The three-year-old Pre-K program is half-day in the morning. To accommodate working parents, the Odessa Y Learning Center will offer childcare options before and after school hours. The YMCA Pagewood Learning Center will use Frog Street 3 Curriculum, matching what ECISD offers at its early education centers at Carver and Lamar.
"By collaborating on this three-year-old prekindergarten program, ECISD and the “Y” are providing the solid foundation for our children’s education,” added Dr. Muri.
Families interested in Pre-K are invited to attend ECISD's Pre-K Round Up on July 22 & 23 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Carver Early Education Center, 600 College Avenue, and Lamar Early Education Center, 501 Lettie Lee. Representatives from the YMCA will be at both locations on both days. Families can register for three-year-old and four-year-old Pre-K at these events.