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Lancaster Family YMCA to Offer Full Year, Fully-Subsidized Kindergarten Readiness Program
In Partnership with School District of Lancaster, with Funding from the United Way of Lancaster County
We are excited to share that beginning this Fall, the Lancaster Family YMCA will partner with the School District of Lancaster to provide a full-year, fully subsidized Kindergarten readiness program to 20 children in need. This partnership is part of the Learning Lancaster Collaborative – one of the 16 initiatives selected by the United Way of Lancaster County for funding over the next three years. Click here to learn more about how the YMCA will expand our existing early learning programs to help more families in financial need.
Y to Offer a Free Kindergarten-readiness Summer Camp
Child Care Center
In August, the Lancaster Family YMCA will help children from the School District of Lancaster get ready to succeed in the coming school year through a Kindergarten-readiness summer camp. The summer camp is a free, four-week program made available through a donation from The CarMax Foundation. Click here to learn more.
My Y Story: Kayla Stoltzfus
Kayla has spina bifida and has no feeling in her body from the waist down. Yet her mom Dianna shares that her daughter doesn’t see herself as disabled, and enjoys riding her hand bike, swimming, climbing and jumping on trampolines. In April, Kayla completed the Y’s Kids Marathon – read her Y Story…
Y Child Care Center Reaches Keystone Star Level 3
Child Care Center
The Lancaster Family YMCA Child Care Center has achieved a “Keystone Star Level 3” designation from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning. This program recognizes and supports continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in the state.
Programs earn a STAR 1 to STAR 4 by meeting performance standards pertaining to teacher qualifications, classroom and learning activities, partnerships with family and community, and program management. At the STAR 3 level, student developmental assessments are performed three times per year; teachers work with families and schools to make a smooth transition for children to kindergarten and staff receive at least three employee benefits which helps reduce staff turnover, among other standards.