The Moultrie YMCA has heard the community’s concern regarding the upcoming Pre-Kindergarten start date. With Colquitt County’s Pre-K program starting three weeks after the K – 5th students start, care for these new pre-k students is limited and for some — unavailable. The Y is now offering a four-week program to provide all day child care to children enrolled in Colquitt County’s Pre-Kindergarten program.

The YMCA’s new program, Pre-K Camp, will provide care from Aug. 1 – Aug. 26 for these new students. Hours of care during the four-week Pre-K Camp are the same as the Moultrie YMCA Child Care Center, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-K Camp will focus on preparing children to attend elementary school by providing a safe and structured learning environment. Pre-K Camp costs $75 per week and financial assistance is available to those who qualify through the YMCA’s scholarship program.

The Moultrie YMCA also continues to provide after school care for children grades Pre-K – 5th. The YMCA’s after school program, Primetime, has been restructured thanks to a Bright from the Start grant providing $5,000 to each school site to enhance the quality of care. These monies were spent on fun, educational equipment that create an after school environment that gives children choices of activity that are both teacher-led and self-led.

Primetime registration for after school sites begins Aug. 1.

New Colquitt County Pre-K students who attend Pre-K Camp at the YMCA and wish to continue after school care at their school may do so by request with no registration required. Primetime is offered at nine licensed school-based sites including Norman Park, Odom, Sunset, Doerun, Okapilco, R.B. Wright, Funston, Cox and Hamilton. An additional site is offered at the Y for the overflow of Sunset students only.

 For more information on Pre-K Camp or Primetime, contact Carol Stripling, senior program director of childcare services or Kristin Brogdon, early childhood care director, at the Moultrie YMCA, 229-890-9592 or 229-985-1154.

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