Express Times: Letter to the Editor – YMCA Pre-K Count program a boon for families
July 3, 2018
After our fourth child was born, my husband and I focused on working hard in the businesses we owned, trying to keep up with our growing family’s needs. When our youngest was three, I number-crunched, hoping to find an affordable high quality preschool program. I wanted to continue to work and earn for my family while giving her the skills she needed to be kindergarten-ready. We found the Forks YMCA Education Center’s Pre-K Counts program and it was a blessing to our family at a very critical time.
I commend Gov. Tom Wolf and my legislators for their commitment to growth in the state’s expansion of pre-k in the 2018-19 state budget. The $25 million investment in pre-k will serve 2,600 more kids, which represents forward progress.
My daughter thrived in the Pre-K Counts program and is ready for kindergarten in the fall. The two years she has been in the program has afforded her Dad and I time to focus on our respective businesses. We are both back on a track after the economic downturn, and that is enabling us to build our businesses to where they can fully support our family’s current, and hopefully, future needs.