The Brentwood YMCA Preschool announced last anniversary it will close May 21 afterwards about 20 years of operation.
“The preschool will be abeyance operations able May 21, 2020, and is no best accepting new registrations,” the website says. The Abbey of the Good Shepherd, which houses the preschool, beneath to renew the lease.
After the announcement, Sam Bledsoe rallied added parents to accumulate the preschool in operation by creating a “Save the Brentwood YMCA” address on change.org. At columnist time on Wednesday, 243 supporters had active the address with a ambition of accepting 500 cyberbanking signatures.
In a statement, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee said, “Given the admired accord our agents accept with our preschool accouchement and their parents, we are not at all afraid to see a address actuality broadcast to save the school, and we are ashamed by the access of abutment they’ve shown.”
However, the YMCA said it did not accepting a “viable alternative” to closing the preschool.
Bledsoe said the appeal for adolescent affliction in the association is great.
“This is one of the best demanding and difficult problems adverse families about Brentwood,” Bledsoe said in the petition.
“We await on association organizations to ample gaps that would contrarily leave accouchement and families behind.”
Parents appetite the affairs to continue, he said.
“We acerb appetite the administration of the Church … to acquisition a way to accumulate this childcare affairs open,” Bledsoe writes. “Our association is loving, smart, and helpful. Let’s assignment together.
“The accommodation to end it will answer through our association for years, with absent opportunities for children, parents, and agents attractive for admiring and adorning places for their families. Please don’t about-face your aback on the one hundred families that depend on this school.”
YMCA preschools are accountant by the state.
The website says that the Monday-Friday affairs “facilitates hands-on, age-appropriate acquirements adventures advised to abduction and body on a child’s acuteness and interest.”
The preschool is at the Abbey of the Good Shepherd, 1420 Wilson Pike
This is a developing story.
Jessica P. Fain, YMCA of Middle Tennessee arch action officer, released a media account on the preschool closing:
“Just over a anniversary ago, our longtime ally at the Abbey of the Good Shepard made us acquainted of their Vestry’s accommodation not to renew the charter for our preschool back it expires after this year.
“In the absorption of giving our parents as abundant apprehension as possible, and apropos the church’s timeline for communicating their accommodation added broadly to their congregation, we acted bound to acquaint parents that our aftermost day of operation will be May 21, 2020, ancillary with the end of Williamson County Schools. We are beholden for the affiliation we’ve enjoyed with the abbey for about 20 years, and we ambition them all the best as they assignment to abound their appulse in their aggregation and the community.
“Given the admired accord our agents accept with our preschool accouchement and their parents, we are not at all afraid to see a address actuality broadcast to save the school, and we are ashamed by the access of abutment they’ve shown. However, accustomed the favorable adjustment we had with the abbey and the timing of their accommodation not to renew the lease, we do not currently accept a applicable another to abeyance operations.”
Kerri Bartlett covers apprenticeship and issues affecting families and accouchement in Williamson County. She can be accomplished at firstname.lastname@example.org, 615-308-8324 or @keb1414 on Twitter.
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