The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy (MEWSA) recently received notification of a $7,500 grant received to support the funding of academic programming for preschool children at the YMCA’s Ken Shirk Early Learning Center located in Edison.
The program, called Brainy Boot Camp, will be held during the regular school year and will increase a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) identity and awareness of STEM knowledge to better prepare the children for Kindergarten readiness.
This grant was provided by the United Way of Central Jersey, made possible by PNC Bank Foundation, according to information provided by the Y.
“We believe that augmenting STEM learning during the school day will provide academic support while building confidence, improving social skills, creating a sense of belonging, and making learning fun,” said Erin Siemers, Senior Child Care director for the YMCA of MEWSA.
“We are firm believers that it is never too early to introduce STEM concepts into our early education programs,” said Rose Cushing, CEO and president of the Y. “It will prepare the children for success in college, career and life.”
The YMCA has previously received funding from the PNC Foundation for other STEM-related programs, including Scratch, Jr., a programming and coding class, Intro to STEM, and STEAM, according to information provided by the Y.