Maureen Lynch, Superintendent
115 Amesbury Line Road
Haverhill, MA 01830
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019
Contact: Kelsey Bode
Email: [email protected]
Whittier Vocational Technical School to Host Ribbon Cutting for New Early Education Center
HAVERHILL — Superintendent Maureen Lynch is pleased to announce that a ribbon cutting will be held at Whitter Vocational Technical School tomorrow to celebrate the opening of a new day care center.
Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 8:30 a.m.
Whittier Vocational Technical School, 115 Amesbury Line Road, Haverhill
- Superintendent Maureen Lynch
- Haverhill YMCA Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller
- Whittier Early Education Center Director Allison Anthony
- Merrimac Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
- Haverhill City Officials
This fall, Whitter Vocational Tech opened the Whitter Early Education Center in partnership with the Haverhill YMCA. The center accepts students between the ages of six weeks and five years old, and for the first time offers students in Whittier’s Early Education and Care program the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with children through co-op opportunities and class visits to the center without leaving the Whittier campus.
“We wanted our students to have an opportunity to gain experience working in early education on campus, while also providing a service to our staff with children,” said Vocational/Technical Coordinator Bev DeSalvo.
Children at the daycare are separated into three age groups: infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and follow an early education curriculum based on their age group.
The center offers Whittier educators an on-site option for day care, and is also open to the public. Families that enroll children at the center have the opportunity to apply for financial assistance, and the center accepts state subsidies.
“We’re fortunate to have found a wonderful partnership with the YMCA, and are thrilled to be offering this opportunity to our students as well as local families,” Superintendent Lynch said. “The students in our Early Education and Care program are ecstatic to be able to work with children without leaving the building and utilize the knowledge they’ve gained through their studies, while also providing a high quality day care option for our community.”
The center opened on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and has eight students. Two early education professionals staff the center at any given time, in addition to Whittier students who have a co-op at the center.
“The YMCA is excited for this great collaboration and we are looking forward to offering high quality affordable early education as well as providing an opportunity for learning for Whittier Early Childhood Education students,” said Tracy Fuller, Regional Executive Director of the Haverhill YMCA and Plaistow Community YMCA.
Parents and guardians who would like to sign their children up to attend the Whittier Early Education Center can do so by calling its director, Allison Anthony, at 978-374-0506. To learn more about the program, click here.