Swimming Lessons at East Harlem Center
The East Harlem Head Start program made quite a splash when they recently had their first day of swimming lessons. Already in its third year, the East Harlem Head Start Swimming Program has taught over 50 preschoolers, 70 parents, and even 1 Head Start teacher, how to kick, stroke, and swim their way across the Milbank pool.
The classes, held every Friday, pool together a variety of CAS resources - the Early Childhood Department, the Milbank Center, East Harlem Head Start staff, and one enthusiastic lifeguard. Each preschooler is accompanied by one, or sometimes both, of their parents. The program is designed so that both the child and the parent build up their confidence and learn how to swim. Each lesson allows for the parents and children to really connect with one another, to feel proud of what they accomplish, and, most importantly, to have fun! Stay tuned, the group will be swimming laps in no time!