Early Learning Readiness Program Returning September 15, 2014

Program supports school readiness; provides informal family, friend or neighbor caregivers with skills to enhance and support the learning experiences of children in their care.

Rahway, NJ, September 09, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The Gateway Family YMCA will be returning to the First Presbyterian Church on Monday, September 15 to offer the Early Learning Readiness (ELR) Program. ELR is a national initiative through the YMCA of the USA for informal family, friend and neighbor caregivers to improve school readiness among children 6 months – 5 years of age.

For many low-income and newcomer/immigrants, a family member, friend or neighbor is the most common source of child care. According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, children 5 years old and under were more likely to be cared for by a relative (42 percent) than by a nonrelative (33 percent), while 12 percent were regularly cared for by both, and 39 percent had no regular child care arrangement.

While family, friends and neighbors may provide safe and caring environments, these types of caregivers are often not trained in child development. The YMCA’s ELR Program provides caregivers with the program elements, support and tools needed to enhance their role in children’s cognitive and emotional development. ELR provides a preschool-like experience through planned learning centers that focus on developing the skills and confidence of both the caregiver and child. ELR classes are biweekly throughout the school year.

Classes are held from 10 am – 12 pm on Monday and Wednesday (English & Spanish) and Tuesday and Thursday (English). There is no fee for program participants.

For more information, please contact Michael Johnson a mjohnson@tgfymca.org, 908-249-4809, or visit us at www.tgfymca.org.
The Gateway Family YMCA
Colleen Clayton