United Way Day of Caring Comes to YWCA New Britain

By Shaunna Cullen The United Way Day of Caring offers people and businesses the opportunity to volunteer at non-profit agencies in the community. While United Way promotes community service volunteer efforts year-round, this day brings hundreds of people together to make a difference in the community. Last fall, YWCA New

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YWCA New Britain to Offer Childcare “Kidz Klub” to Fitness Members

By Shaunna Cullen One of the barriers many women face is affordable and quality childcare, including in times where they may want to work out at the gym. YWCA New Britain recognized this barrier and wanted to give our fitness members more incentive to attend the gym and group exercise

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YWCA New Britain Maintains National NAEYC Accreditation

By Shaunna Cullen   YWCA New Britain has been re-accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children. NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize

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Advocating For Early Childhood Education

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey As many are aware, the State of Connecticut is facing a fiscal crisis.  A $1.3 billion budget gap looms over the upcoming legislative session and threatens many of the services and systems that Connecticut residents need to survive.  One of them is the state’s system of Early

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Two Generation Programs Are Important for Children’s Development

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey Today young women of many cultures circulate outside classrooms at the YWCA.  Waiting for their teachers and the start of the school day, this group is ready to learn.  Many of them have pushed strollers, or walked with young children in tow, to attend classes that build

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Guiding Your Child’s Social and Emotional Development

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey It turns out that social and emotional learning are just as important to a child’s success in school as learning to read, write, and understand math.  Social and emotional skills include the ability to understand and empathize with the feelings of others, the ability to control one’s

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Why you need the Vroom daily parenting app

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey The Coalition for New Britain’s Youth, of which the YWCA is a member, recently received a grant to promote use of the free technology app VROOM.  VROOM, downloadable to mobile devices, specifically shares information with parents of young children (under age 5).  VROOM is based upon the

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Ready or not kindergarten, here we come!

My Michele Eathorne The first few weeks of the transitioning into Kindergarten can be a stressful time for the children and caregivers.  Here is some helpful information from Tracy Galuski on easing that transition: Help him to develop independence at home. Encourage your child to dress himself, take his coat on

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Battling the Butterflies: Back to School

By Michele Eathorne Summer is over and it’s time for school again.  No more late bedtimes, sleeping in every morning or playing outside until it’s dark.  A change in routine – a stricter time schedule and adapting to a new caregiver, classroom, teacher, school, friends, or academic challenges - these

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How to ease the back to school transition

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey It’s that time of year, when school uniforms come out, new school supplies line store shelves, and backpacks are collected for the first day of school.  For younger children making the momentous transition to kindergarten can be a time of excitement and anxiety.  Parents can do some

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