A recent (8/17/18) Naperville Sun story titled, “Naperville children lacking kindergarten skills a serious issue, but no need to panic, experts say“ addressed how quality preschool affects school readiness. A new study rolled out in 2017-18 has developed a statewide snapshot for kindergarten readiness. Known as the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey, or KIDS, the results are aimed at assisting communities in recognizing and closing gaps that might be present before a child enters first grade.

Educators have so recognized the importance of giving kids some form of quality early education that about 40 states now offer state-funded pre-K programs. Many believe dollars invested in preschool today have long ranging positive implications on student performance.

Every child should have the opportunity to receive a quality education.

At the Y we know many families may not have the resources to send their child to a preschool program. Many of these children start kindergarten without the readiness skills needed. Our Strong Kids campaign raises dollars for just this reason. We believe that all kids should have the same chance to succeed in school.

The Kroehler and Fry YMCAs offer many early learning options for youth that meet the needs of families. All options focus on critical aspects that we know aid in academic success: social-emotional development, literacy and math, science and physical development.

The Kroehler Y’s Early Childhood Enrichment Academy provides a flexible block of classes where parents can pick and choose or bundle classes together. The Fry YMCA is home to a DCFS licensed preschool providing half day and full day preschool options. Weekly swim lessons and Spanish lessons are also included. Both programs offer financial assistance.

If you or someone know is in need of early learning programs, please contact either YMCA Center to find out more information about our early learning programs and our fee assistance program.