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School for Early Education Proposed

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Yakima City Council has decided to explore various locations for a new "early learning" based school in East Yakima.

The school would be part of the "Thrive by Five" program, which is believed to significantly enhance the cognitive development of children before they reach kindergarten.

Advocates for the school took a poll among parents in East Yakima and 83 percent said they wanted help preparing their children for kindergarten.

Mayor Dave Edler says the school will definitely be built. However, finding a location for it could be troublesome.

The main location being looked at is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park between Adams Elementary and Washington Middle School.

"The other alternative is to recognize some properties that are close to the schools that have homes on them and people living in these homes", says Edler. "It's an important piece of the process and it could be a little bit controversial".

Yakima's Neighborhood Development Committee will now meet with the Parks Departmentment, as well as advocates for the school, to determine the best location. They are expected to make a decision within the next six weeks.