YMCA of Greater Erie

Erie, PA – In preschool, “A” stands for apple – it also stands for apps – as in applications.  And, thanks to a $4500 grant through Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Counts program, the YMCA of Greater Erie’s preschool teachers now have access to 12 IPADS that will enable teachers to supplement and extend classroom learning.

“In small group settings, the IPADS will be used, in conjunction with a teacher, to enhance learning concepts such as reading, writing, spelling, speaking, coloring, matching and sorting,” says Jill Simmons, YMCA of Greater Erie Vice President for Childcare Services. “The aim of Pre-K Counts is to specifically provide high quality preschool for children living in poverty areas and to make preschool – and, now, technology- accessible.  It’s a chance to level the playing field for kids who may not have the same early-learning opportunities that their more affluent peers may take for granted.”

Y Preschool builds on a child’s natural desire to learn things and become more self-reliant. Getting along with other children, sharing, taking turns and working in a group are all natural parts of learning. Y Preschool is also a safe, fun and comfortable place where children build positive relationships with caring adults. Children develop a readiness for kindergarten through a variety of hands-on, child-centered activities.

Like all YMCA programs, financial assistance is available.

For more information, visit www.ymcaerie.org