CHEFA Tours YWCA Building

By Shaunna Cullen Local and state representatives, YWCA New Britain’s Executive Director Robin Sharp and the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority’s (CHEFA) Grant Program Manager Betty Sugarman Weintraub recently toured YWCA’s facility to see where CHEFA’s $69,425 grant will be used to make improvements in the building. “This grant

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Why You Should Volunteer with YWCA Childcare

by Michele Eathorne There are many reasons a person might think about volunteering, maybe they have some more time on their hands or are looking to find a way to give back to their community. Did you know there are real proven benefits of volunteering, below are just a few: 

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How to Inspire Play With Loose Parts

By Michele Eathorne Loose parts are materials that children can use to carry, design, restructure, manipulate, line up, combine, take apart and put back together. They are a collection of wonderful, everyday materials that can be found around the house. The wonderment of loose parts is that they don’t come

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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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The Importance of Rituals and Traditions With Children

By Michele Eathorne Life today is so fast-paced and demanding, it’s important that we find ways to reconnect with each other on a daily basis. Establishing family traditions helps us do just that. Traditions are those special times that bring families together, allowing us to express unity as a family

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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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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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