October 23, 2013 6:00 AM

YMCA preschools fill a need by trying to close education gap

The YMCA saw a need in low-income communities for preschool programs to help shrink the achievement gap in school. With help from philanthropies, it’s offering free twice-weekly classes in 36 cities around the country for children up to age 5 and the parents or other relatives and day care providers who take care of them.

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