February 12, 2024

YCS & WISD Dedicate Two New Preschool Playgrounds

A child sits and smiles at the bottom of a slide.

On Monday, February 12, 2024, Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS) and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) dedicated two new playgrounds for the community’s youngest learners at Ford Early Learning Center and Perry Early Learning Center. 

“Ypsilanti Community Schools is thankful to work with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District to dedicate these two preschool playgrounds,” said YCS Superintendent Dr. Alena Zachery-Ross. “Supporting our youngest scholars at Ford and Perry as they cultivate their imaginations and connect with their peers will provide them with fond memories as they continue to learn and grow. We are grateful for partnerships that reinforce we are stronger together when we collaborate on initiatives that benefit our entire community.” 

Children and adults stand in the middle of playground

Both Ford and Perry Early Learning Centers serve students ages 3-7 from preschool through 1st grade, and classrooms are primarily part of Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) and the federal Head Start program. The two new playgrounds replace equipment more than 15 years old and will provide safe, age-appropriate play structures. The newly renovated playgrounds will feature adaptive equipment, creative design, and the latest elements of outdoor inclusivity. 

“Playgrounds are more than just places to play,” stated Edward Manuszak, WISD Executive Director for Early Childhood. “Safe playgrounds designed specifically for our youngest learners become critical places where they can cultivate essential skills, nurture friendships, and lay the foundation for a lifetime of curiosity, creativity and joy.”

The two new playgrounds are open to the public outside of school hours, and community members are encouraged to visit and enjoy the new playgrounds.

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