March 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Win-Win: When School Libraries Partner with Local Organizations, Everyone Benefits

Community organizations, businesses, and local residents are often eager to help their neighborhood school libraries—they’re just waiting for someone to ask. These partnership resources and toolkits can get you started.

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YMCA Survey: Early Learning Program Improves Kids’ Kindergarten Readiness

A new survey by the YMCA of its Early Learning Readiness Program reveals “impressive” school readiness results for participating preschoolers, the organization announced on Tuesday. The Y’s program, which launched two years ago and recently expanded to now more than 40 locations, serves children up to 5 years old, particularly from low-income communities.

YMCA Expands Early Learning Readiness Program

Thanks to a $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Y is expanding its Early Learning Readiness Program to an additional 19 YMCA sites nationwide, bringing the total number of participating cities to more than 40. The program aims to improve school readiness among children up to 5 years old, particularly from under-served and low-income communities, through a preschool-like experience.