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Chesapeake, Virginia Beach YMCA preschool programs to forge ahead – without the YMCA

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Such lessons, as with these Georgetown Primary preschool students coloring alphabet work pages  in Chesapeake, have been run since 1995 in association with the YMCA – a partnership created to provide preschool to the city’s at-risk 4-year-olds.

This year, the division has broken from the YMCA and is running the preschools on its own.

Jacqueline Tate, Chesapeake’s director of elementary curriculum and instruction, said school officials had no problem with the YMCA – they simply had been talking about taking over the preschool program. With operating funds and classroom space available, they decided now was a good time.

The change allows them to hire their own teachers and assistants, provide those employees training and give principals oversight. It also allows the new hires to use division resources.

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