The Granite YMCA Welcomes a New Leader
Rochester, NH: Noting her significant skills and experience in the early childhood and special education environments, the YMCA of Strafford County has named Charlene Shields as Director of its Early Learning Center.
“We’re thrilled to announce this appointment,” said Doug Currier, Branch Director at the YMCA of Strafford County. “Charlene brings a very strong skill set to this role and will be a true asset to our leadership team.”
Ms. Shields comes to the YMCA from the Rochester School District, where she served as Elementary & Preschool Special Education Coordinator and Safe Schools/Healthy Students Early Childhood Coordinator for the past four years. Prior to that, she served as Elementary Special Education Coordinator for the District.
“I’m very excited to be at the YMCA,” said Ms. Shields. “It truly is a cause-driven organization that looks to foster physical and emotional well-being for children, adults, families and seniors and I can’t think of a better place to be.”
Ms. Shields holds a Masters of Education/Special Education Concentration from New England College in Henniker, NH, as well as numerous professional certifications.
The Early Learning Center at the YMCA is open to children 6 weeks to pre-Kindergarten and provides an environment that stimulates children’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth. Our age-appropriate curriculum helps academically engage children while emphasizing social skills, imaginative play, and motor development. Financial assistance provided for those who qualify, state of NH aid also accepted. To learn more, please contact the YMCA at (603) 332-7334.
About The Granite YMCA
As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2016, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at over $1.63 million to 19,872 individuals. To learn more, please visit www.graniteymca.org.