YMCA Announces New ECE Director

YMCA SOUTHCOAST is proud to announce Kristin Fortin as the new Director of Early Childhood Education at the YMCA Sippican Preschool Center located at the Sippican School in Marion, MA.

A graduate of Bridgewater State University with a degree in elementary education, Ms. Fortin has been an employee of the Y for 18 months. She taught in the Bridgewater and Brockton public schools and was the assistant director at the Magic Years Day Care in East Falmouth, MA prior to coming to the Y. In addition to her teaching credentials, Ms. Fortin is EEC Director II certified.

“I am pleased to have promoted Kristin as the new Director of Early Childhood Education at our Sippican site. Her positive energy and leadership, along with dedication to the Y and the children and families in our program, were some of the attributes that made Kristin the ideal candidate for this position,” states Kathy Treglia, Executive Director of Education at YMCA SOUTHCOAST. “She brings a warm enthusiasm to our organization and I look forward to working with Kristin in her new position.”

In her role as Director of Early Childhood Education, Ms. Fortin will be responsible for leading and managing the day-to-day operations of the early education program at this off-site Y program site. The center will undergo a program change. Under Kristin’s leadership, there will be a restructure of two preschool classrooms, and the Y team will work with Project Grow, sharing the same teaching strategies curriculum and child assessments used at the school. “I am quite lucky to be in a position where I absolutely love what I do. I am surrounded by a supportive team of teachers and families and I will get to work with great children eager to learn. I couldn’t be happier,” states Ms. Fortin. She resides in Wareham with her husband and two children.

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With five branch sites serving more than 37,000 people, YMCA SOUTHCOAST has been working to meet the needs of our community for over 150 years. The Y engages people of all ages – regardless of income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Everyone is welcome at the Y and financial assistance is available. For more information about YMCA SOUTHCOAST, visit one of the branches in Dartmouth, Fall River, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, and Wareham or online at ymcasouthcoast.org.

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