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Washtenaw United: Supporting Families 'The Collaborative' Way In Ypsilanti

Susan Smith
United Way of Washtenaw County

To paraphrase, it takes a village to create a full-service child care and early childhood development center.  A group of like-minded partners combined resources and created 'The Collaborative'-Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center.  In this week’s "Washtenaw United," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Eastern Michigan University Director of Student Engagement Decky Alexander and EMU doctoral candidate Veronica Konglim about the creation, purpose, and impacts of 'The Collaborative.'

WEMU has partnered with the United Way of Washtenaw Countyto explore the people, organizations, and institutions creating opportunity and equity in our area.  And, as part of this ongoing series, you’ll also hear from the people benefiting and growing from the investments being made in the areas of our community where there are gaps in available services.  It is a community voice.  It is 'Washtenaw United.'


UWWC Equity Policy

YMCA Collaborative

Credit Veronica Konglim
Veronica Konglim and her daughter Gabriella-Egeria NgoNgidjoi.

  • Ann Arbor YMCA • The Collaborative–Ypsilanti YMCA Early Childhood Development Ctr • $97,500
  • The Collaborative – Ypsilanti YMCA Early Childhood Development Center will provide premium affordable child care to Eastern Washtenaw County for youth ages 18 months to 5 years.
  • Child care will be provided 5 days per week from 6:30am to 6:30pm.  Financial assistance is available.  
  • This is an investment that United Way of Washtenaw County made along with our Washtenaw Coordinated Funding Partners.

Early Childhood Education in Washtenaw County

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