Like many Odessa parents, Chelsie Montgomery dreams of giving her child a better life. She loves her son, Klein, but was faced with tough choices when it came to childcare and its traditional operating hours. She is a student at the University of Texas of Permian Basin (UTPB) and also works full-time to provide for Klein. When she discovered the Odessa YMCA's night-time care, it was an answered prayer.
"One day, I'll be independent," Montgomery said teary-eyed about pursuing her education. “The Y supports me in my goals.”
She's relieved that she doesn't have to worry about her 2-year-old son Klein while she's hitting the books.
"The staff takes such great care of my Klein," Montgomery said, adding that his teacher Bianca always has a smile. But it's not just the Odessa YMCA's level of care--it's what Klein is learning that has her impressed.
"They are teaching my child and getting him school ready," she said. "The Y has already taught him all his ABC's and he's not even three."
Ms. Montgomery is one step closer to providing the life she has been tirelessly working toward as she will graduate this summer from UTPB with her bachelor’s degree.