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NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 –

From the City of West Sacramento

The City of West Sacramento is opening a new preschool and childcare center this month. It’s called “Learning Ladder,” and it’s inside the West Sacramento Community Center. Learning Ladder will focus on childcare and preschool education, with competitive prices and scholarships offered.

Learning Ladder has room for 48 children, ages 2-5 and will accommodate local families and those with members are employed in West Sacramento.

  The City’s effort to promote child care dates to 1987, when childcare impact fees were originally established. Mayor Christopher Cabaldon later appointed then-City Council member Carolyn Pierson in 2003 to chair a Universal Preschool Task Force, which led to the formation of the City’s Power of Preschool program, “UP 4 WS.”

Over 2,000 children have been served by UP 4 WS, during the past seven years. UP 4 WS has also been supported by its partners, First 5 of Yolo and First 5 California, with contributions by the Washington Unified School District and the Yolo County Office of Education. The City’s Mayor Pro Tem, Oscar Villegas, currently serves as the chair of the executive board which presides over UP 4 WS.

Research over the years has shown that investing in high quality early learning opportunities, such as preschool, positively prepares children for kindergarten and their entire school careers. Children gain the cognitive and social skills essential to adult lives.

Learning Ladder is part of West Sacramento’s Community Center, located at 1075 West Capitol Ave., a facility which opened in March of last year.

The Civic Center is also the home of the West Sacramento Center of Sacramento City College, at 1115 West Capitol Ave.

For more information about Learning Ladder, contact Justine Jimenez, director of Early Learning Services for the City of West Sacramento, (916) 617-4500.

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Steve Marschke

Steve Marschke