DENTON —The Early Learning Readiness program is a free program designed for children from birth to 5 years of age and their parents and/or caregiver. The goal of this program is to put in place social and educational foundations for children, while simultaneously educating and supporting the caregivers of these children. Funding for this program is provided by the YMCA of the Chesapeake Annual Campaign and community partners.
Due to COVID-19 the Y has had to adjust and do the program a little different this year, noted Brian Byrnes, executive director for the Caroline County Family YMCA, “Instead of in-person programming as we’ve traditionally offered, we will move to ‘Fun Fridays with Mrs. Nicolette’ videos on Facebook with varying activities for our participants and their caregivers. In addition, we will handout packets on Mondays and Fridays for caregivers to do with children at home. These packets will include activities and resources that align with each of our monthly themes.”
“The Early Learning Readiness program will definitely look different this year, but we are going to try and make sure we are still reaching out to our families that use and need us. We are starting our year by having themed monthly packets, which can be picked up at the Caroline County Family YMCA. We are also starting our fun Fridays videos again. However, once Caroline County Public Schools are done with virtual school, we will also go back to in-person ELR programming” said Nicolette Peterson, ELR facilitator.
The ELR program will run from Sept. 21 through May 28.