Stages of Early Writing Development

By Michele Eathorne All parents want their child to learn to read and write.  Between the ages of 2 and 6, children observe written messages in the world all around them.  Print surrounds us!  In your homes you have mail, newspapers, magazines, books, or various labeled food containers.  In the

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A Day in the Life of a Sexual Assault Crisis Service Volunteer

By Christine Cherrone I've been a volunteer at YWCA New Britain’s Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) for about a year and a half. I originally got involved through a friend on the staff. I had heard all about her experiences but until my first hospital call, I had no real

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10 Ways Babies Learn When We Sing to Them

By Michele Eathorne I have a wall plaque in my office with the beginning words to one of my favorite lullabies for children, “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine…”  I sang this song plus many others to my daughter when she was a baby during feeding, play and cuddle

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Create Moments That Click: Connecting Field Trips to Learning

By Mallory Deprey YWCA New Britain’s signature STRIVE program for middle school girls promotes pro-social behaviors and builds character. We believe in stealth learning in which hands-on activities and outings are incorporated regularly. All activities aim to align to grade level knowledge related to the Common Core Standards specific to

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The BEST Play Dough Recipe (And Why You Should Make It)

By Michele Eathorne Squishing, rolling, sculpting, molding…young children love to play with playdough!  Add some props and the fun of playdough becomes a wonderful, active way to support your child’s learning.  There are many benefits to playdough fun! Children will: Explore new ideas and different approaches to using props and

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What to Look For in a Quality Afterschool Program

By Mallory Deprey Quality afterschool programs help your child learn and grow.  Studies show that students involved in high-quality afterschool programs have fewer absences and less tardiness, better grades and test scores, and good problem solving and conflict management skills. In many communities there are a multitude of afterschool options

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Ways to Ensure Your First (Or First in a While) Gym Trip Is a Success

By Valerie Rodino If it’s been a while since your gym status was considered ‘regular’ you’ll want to brush up on your gym etiquette, and ensure that you keep safety in mind.  Don’t be afraid to utilize the fitness staff to learn the ropes, and keep in mind that every

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