(North Syracuse) Beginning in the Fall of 2013, families whose children are enrolled in the North Syracuse Early Education Program at Main Street School, will have a new option for before and after program care. In partnership with the North Area YMCA, on-site child-care will be available for Early Education Program students, in order for more families to be able to utilize its high quality preschool programming.

The Early Education Program at Main Street School runs a full-day preschool session from 8:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. and two half day sessions from 8:40 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. and 11:50 p.m. to 2:20 p.m., following the North Syracuse Central School District academic calendar. The YMCA wrap-around program will provide child-care at the school from 7:10 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. and from 2:20 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday.

Additionally, students can attend the YMCA program at the school on half days, scheduled days off and snow days. While attending the YMCA program, students will have access to the school’s "Zoom Room" and can participate in group activities, social play, crafts, gym games and outdoor play with the trained YMCA staff. Students will also have an afternoon snack as part of the program and will receive a complimentary YMCA youth membership.

North Syracuse Early Education Program at Main Street School Principal Dawn Hussein is excited about the new program and the options that it will provide to the families served at the school. She said, "So many families have been interested in the excellent programming our school offers but have been unable to participate because their full-time employment does not allow them to transport their children at the school hours. This collaboration with the YMCA will allow more families to take advantage of our high quality programs."

For more information about the North Syracuse Early Education Program at Main Street School, contact the school at 315/218-2200 or visit their website at www.nscsd.org/main.cfm <http://www.nscsd.org/main.cfm>.

For information and pricing regarding the YMCA child-care program at North Syracuse Early Education Program at Main Street School, contact Holly Kontak at (315) 451-2562, ext. 226 or visit their website at www.YCNY.org <http://www.ycny.org/>.

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