YMCA Offers Free Early Learning Readiness Program

Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregiver Program for Child Development

Austin, TX, August 04, 2012 --(PR.com)-- This fall, the YMCA of Austin will be offering a Free program for adult caregivers and their youngsters. The program is designed after the successful Tutu and Me program piloted in Hawaii, in which caregivers get involved in a learning environment to prepare their children for future school success.

The Early Learning Readiness (ELR) program will provide a stimulating environment to help children develop the physical, verbal, and social skills which they'll need to be school-ready. Caregivers will learn how children develop and how to encourage skill building at home.

The curriculum addresses the holistic development of young children by supporting brain development, early literacy, healthy habits development, and strong parents skills. The ELR program will help lay the foundation for future and ongoing achievement and success.

Children ages infant to 4 years old and their adult caregivers can participate in the program. Caregivers can be anybody: parent, aunt or uncle, older brother or sister, grandparent, or even neighbor.

Classes will take place at Dobie Pre-K Center (1200 E. Rundberg Lane; Austin, TX 78753). The YMCA of Austin will be offering classes in English on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8 to 10 am; and classes in Spanish on Tuesdays and Thursdays, also from 8 to 10am. Fall classes start on August 20 (for English) and August 21 (for Spanish).


Registration can be done over the phone (512) 236-9622 or in person, at the YMCA Program Services Branch (2121 E 6th St Suite 203 Austin, TX 7870). Families can register through the first 4 week of the program as long as space is available.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Missy Quintela, Program Director at missy.quintela@austinymca.org or 236-9622 ex. 357.

About the YMCA of Austin

The YMCA of Austin is a nonprofit organization founded in 1953 and, today, serves over 50,000 members and provides youth, adult and family programs for more than 50,000 individuals through eight branches in Travis and Hays counties. In addition, the YMCA of Austin provides afterschool child care at 16 elementary schools in three school districts, and operates four additional YMCA Learning Centers. More information on the YMCA of Austin is available at www.austinymca.org.
YMCA of Austin
Missy Quintela
512-236-9622 ex. 357