A new child care program will be opening early this summer at the former Chappelle Community School, an elementary school within the Ypsilanti Community Schools District at 111 South Wallace Boulevard, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. The Collaborative – Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center will be licensed by the state of Michigan and will become NAEYC-accredited (National Association for the Education of the Young Child). The Center will be able to accommodate children ages 18 months to 5 years and is a collaboration between the Ann Arbor YMCA, Eastern Michigan University (EMU), Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS) and the Ypsilanti Housing Commission (YCH). A grand opening celebration will be held on Monday June 11 from 4-6 pm at which time guests will be able to tour the facility and meet staff.
The Collaborative – Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center addresses a critical need for excellent quality, affordable child care in eastern Washtenaw County. While Ann Arbor has 22 NAEYC-licensed child care facilities (a recognition of excellence), Ypsilanti currently has only two; this will be the third. The Center will primarily serve the children of EMU students, children of residents of the YHC and children who live within the YCS district, all of whom will be given access to priority registration. The Center will be open from 6:30am to 6:30pm. There are three large, bright classrooms, a spacious playground, access to a gym and space to grow future programs for the whole family. All enrolled children will receive breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch and mid-afternoon snack if they are scheduled during the meal/snack time. The Center will utilize the Creative Curriculum which emphasizes developmentally-appropriate play experiences. EMU students will be able to sign up for child care when they register for their academic classes, with the flexibility to choose only the days that work for them; so, for example, if they only need care on Tuesdays and Thursdays when they have class, they will be able to register for those days only. Financial assistance will be available. Registration for EMU students and residents of the Ypsilanti Housing Commission will open this spring and we will welcome new families by early summer.