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Educational Success

Educational attainment is a key predictor for future success. We invest in strategies proven to have the most influence on students' long-term educational advancement and career preparation including early childhood education and school readiness, supportive school environments, out-of-school enrichment and positive behavioral developments. For students who do not pursue a traditional path to college, we recognize a need for innovative workforce programs that cultivate job and life skills and provide young people access to career opportunities.

Our Goals:

  • Children enter school ready to learn and receive effective academic and social support throughout their educational experience.
  • Youth are nurtured to become skilled, self-sufficient and contributing members of the community.

YMCA Preschool


Recent Grants

Spring 2017

Kids First Foundation – Final year of a multi-year grant to establish high quality early preschool for at-risk 3-year-olds within Middlesex County Public Schools, including focus on parent-child activties and weekly healthy eating programs in partnership with local churches and organizations

Jacob's Ladder - Four-week summer enrichment camp with year-long advocacy and follow-up to include school-home visits and enrichment opportunities for intellecutally gifted/at-risk students in grades 4-8.

Middlesex Elementary School – Expansion and development of flexible learning environments that meet students sensory and learning needs, and provide greater opportunity for collaborative learning and increased student engagement

Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck – Continuation of CareerLaunch and Money Matters to help Club teenaged members develop skills essential to their success

Northern Neck Family YMCA – Development and implementation of a collaborative after-school program serving 7th graders, with focused, hands-on learning experiences that foster connections between “What I learn” and “The world I live in”

Northumberland Family YMCA - Bright Beginnings and Futures, providing academic supplies and clothing to begin the school year, combined with a monitored summer reading program

Kiwanis Club of Middlesex – Coordination of existing programs aimed at supporting youth education and development, in close partnership with the schools

Lancaster County Virginia Education Foundation – Full-day field trip experiences for Lancaster Middle School students to encourage and foster math and science exploration

Friends of the Rappahannock – Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience programming at Northumberland Middle School, with six grade students learning about their environment, taking action, and sharing with their community

GRASP (Great Aspirations Scholarship Program) – Continuation of advisors at Lancaster and Northumberland High Schools to help students secure funding for education after graduation

Middlesex County Public Library - Reinforce and extend progress made by students during the academic year by promoting and providing engaging and age appropriate educational opportunities over the summer months

Northern Neck Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) - Purchase of new training videos and manuals, and converstion to DVD of older materials