YMCA opens learning center in Vine City: Teach toddlers to read, job skills for adults

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta opened an early learning center in Vine City Tuesday, where advocates of children hope to break the pernicious problem of illiteracy. The YMCA’s reading program aims to teach reading and vocabulary to infants through prekindergarten in the type of low-income neighborhood where national data shows 89 percent of black children score below “proficient” in fourth-grade reading skills.

Families First picks new CEO

Families First has selected DePriest Waddy as its new CEO – culminating two years of transitional leadership over the past couple of years.

Waddy will begin his new job on Sept. 16, succeeding Marybeth Leamer, who has served as the interim CEO of Families First for the past year.