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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
long-standing partnership between Toledo Public Schools and the YMCA/JCC took a
step forward. Deveaux Elementary opened its doors to preschool-aged children to
give them a head start on their education.
so exciting because this allows us to collaborate in an environment that's
built for children, that's premier, and then it allows us to provide continuity
of care and education," said Sarah Otis, with the YMCA and JCC.
school already had the extra space, and the YMCA and JCC wanted to increase
their presence in west Toledo.
facility will be open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. to provide before and after
school care for students up to the age of 12, and preschool for children
gearing up for Kindergarten.
use creative curriculum," Otis said. "We also use a web-based curriculum where
it's very child-directed and the adults help the children learn where their
district says research shows children who don't participate in preschool are
two years behind in Kindergarten compared to children who do attend preschool.
This program aims to level the playing field.
also feeding the students here," said TPS Superintendent Romules Durant. "We're
literally doing a comprehensive approach at the same time, being much more
inclusive in our other agencies, from health and mental agencies, but make sure
that students are getting served at the earlier age."