ASD to transition from district-run pre-school

ASD to transition from district-run pre-school
Posted on 03/30/2019
Whitney school

The Anacortes School District plans to transition next year from a district-run pre-school to an expanded partnership with the YMCA for services at Whitney Early Learning Center. The move will result in cost savings, while ensuring the number of pre-school slots remains the same or grows, said superintendent Mark Wenzel.

“While we hate to lose a successful ASD program, the proposed model continues strong service to local families and makes more sense economically,” said Wenzel. “We’re confident that children will continue to receive a strong pre-school experience on the Whitney campus.”

YMCA program director Shirley Chu hopes to serve an additional 20 children with this expanded program. The YMCA currently serves 34 3-5 year-old children.

"We've enjoyed a strong partnership with the school district," said YMCA education coordinator Shirley Chu. "This expanded service will continue to fill the critical role of early learning in Anacortes."

For more information about pre-school opportunities in Anacortes, contact Nicole Mortimer at

For other questions, contact Superintendent Mark Wenzel,, (360) 503-1211.

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