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Construction Underway on Unique Early Childhood Education Center

Construction Underway on Unique Early Childhood Education Center

Community partners, KIPP and YMCA of Central Ohio unite to open new Early Learning Center at Agler Road campus

[COLUMBUS, JANUARY 6, 2016] KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Columbus and the YMCA of Central Ohio announces the opening of the KIPP/YMCA Early Learning Center. The new center for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years will open by September, 2016 on the KIPP campus in Northeast Columbus.

KIPP is a national network of free, open enrollment college preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life. KIPP Columbus debuted its new campus in 2014 with a facility, currently serving 800 students. This will increase that to 2000 by the end of the decade with the addition of several new buildings, including a high school and the Early Learning Center.

“We are committed to helping our students climb the mountain to and through college,” said KIPP Columbus Executive Director Hannah Powell. “Research has shown that the early childhood years are absolutely critical in laying the foundation for success, and we believe that we are in a unique position to provide an enriching environment and high-quality preK opportunities for our community. To be able to partner with an organization like the YMCA which shares similar missions and goals, will be incredibly transformational.”

The YMCA is the area’s largest provider of child care and early learning programs, serving over 4,500 chidren annually at 70 centers in central Ohio. “One of five major pillars of Y work, childhood development and educational achievement is a critical program and a growing program at the YMCA, says President/CEO Stephen Ives. At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.”

The new school will offer numerous advantages to its students, including spacious classrooms with natural light, access to innovative technology, natural play spaces, and robust programming with best-inclass educators. The center will be open to KIPP families and the public, with a lottery for admission scheduled for February 2016. When fully enrolled at 140 children, the KIPP/YMCA Early Learning Center will be the YMCA’s largest early learning program.

For more information on enrolling in the school, please visit the KIPP website at http://kippcolumbus.org/ or call the administrative offive at 614-263-6137.

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