My son, Major, has attended the YMCA at Tyler for the past four months. We relocated to Tyler, TX approximately six months ago. When searching for daycare centers, I looked for environments that were conducive for learning and were family oriented. Before Major was born, doctors told me that there was a chance that he could have some sort of genetic abnormality or disability. Consequently, I began to prepare myself to endure a life supporting a special needs child. Major was a premature baby, weighing only 3lbs. 6oz. Once he reached 4 lbs., he was released to come home. Shortly thereafter, he began physical therapy to assist with development. It was later determined that Major has a hemi vertebrae. When I see my son interacting with other children, it brings me joy. From second trimester until his birth, I was told he would have challenges learning and with his development. But that is not where his story ends…
Today, Major is a bright, bubbly and extremely intelligent three-year -old. Since enrolling into the childcare program at the YMCA of Tyler Texas, he has learned to not only spell his first name, but the middle and last as well. The teachers are very supportive and nurturing. He knows his colors, numbers, shapes and now is learning letter sounds. I believe we made the best decision to enroll Major into this program. Early childhood education plays a vital role in setting the foundation in a child’s development. I know that Major is off to a great start.