Ypsilanti YMCA addresses child care disparity in Washtenaw County

. February 28, 2019.

The Ann Arbor YMCA, in collaboration with Eastern Michigan University (EMU), Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS) and the Ypsilanti Housing Commission (YHC) launched a new child care program in late 2018: The Collaborative – Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center (CDC). The CDC addresses a critical need for excellent quality, affordable child care in eastern Washtenaw County. While Ann Arbor, to the west, has 22 NAEYC-licensed child care facilities (a recognition of excellence) Ypsilanti, to the east, currently has only two; The Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center will be the third. There are an estimated 1,019 children eligible for government-funded early childhood education programs in Ypsilanti, but only 416 enrolled in such programs, indicating that approximately 603 children remain unserved. According to the Washtenaw County Opportunity Index, only 29.9% of children within the census tract of the program site under age 5 are enrolled in preschool. The design of this program, informed using both an economic and racial equity lens, addresses the lack of affordable child care options in Ypsilanti as compared to Ann Arbor, coinciding with the increased racial diversity and increased level of poverty in the Ypsilanti community. The Y’s commitment will provide a service to an economically disadvantaged African American (40% within the census tract) population while combatting contributing factors that lead to these inequities.

Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:30pm
The Collaborative – Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center, 111 South Wallace Blvd., Ypsilanti
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