Odessa Family YMCA Learning Center Recognized as a Quality Child-Care Provider by Texas Workforce Commission
The Joe Rutledge YMCA Learning Center, a part of the Odessa Family YMCA, recently received certification through the Texas Rising Star program. The Texas Rising Star program is a voluntary, quality-based child-care rating system of child-care providers participating in the Texas Workforce Commission’s subsidized child-care program. The center earned the distinction by providing enrichment to equip children with social skills, language development and cognitive development.
“This recognition is important because it shows not only do we meet minimum requirements set out by the state but we are exceeding them,” Odessa Family YMCA Executive Director Ed Moreno said in a press release. “This recognition puts us alongside the top-tier of childcare providers in the entire state. It shows that what we are doing for the kids in our learning centers is making a difference.”
The cornerstones of this award are benchmarks achieved in preparation for kindergarten. Statistics show that those milestones early on leave children ahead of the pack, an advantage that enrollment in the Odessa Family YMCA Learning Centers can provide.
“If children are prepared for kindergarten they are more confident and they will have a head start over other children,” Learning Centers Administrative Director Chere Ramirez said. “They will most likely stay in school and will have a higher chance to continue on to higher education.”
Only three other childcare facilities have the Rising Star recognition in Odessa. The distinction shows the Odessa Family YMCA exceeds expectations in its staff qualifications, curriculum, nutrition and activities as well as parent involvement – all focused on the early development of children.
“This recognition shows our community that the YMCA is all about what's best for the child and supports high quality childcare,” Ramirez said.