Calling All Aspiring Actors and Actresses: Mary Poppins, Jr. is Coming to YWCA New Britain

YWCA New Britain’s new Youth Theatre program is offering children a chance to participate in the premiere production of Mary Poppins, Jr. YWCA’s Director of Performing Arts, Chris Kuzia, or Miss Chris as she is known to her students, will be choreographing the show.  “We have wanted to start a

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New Birthday Party Themes and Packages

By Shaunna Cullen Planning a birthday party at YWCA New Britain is a piece of cake! We have created new party themes and price packages for 2018. No matter what your interest or budget, we can customize a birthday party that is as fun and unique as your child. Each

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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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Winter Wonderland Wows all in Attendance

By Shaunna Cullen Hundreds of people gathered on December 2nd at YWCA New Britain’s Winter Wonderland. This was the 5th annual event, and the best yet. The event is fun for the whole family and features a Yule Boutique shopping experience, a variety of children’s activities, a dance performance, and

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YWCA Puts the Lights On Afterschool

By Shaunna Cullen On October 25, YWCA New Britain’s school age program joined a larger collective of over 8,000 events nationwide and hosted a Lights On Afterschool celebration highlighting the important role afterschool programs play in the lives of children, families, and communities.  According to the Afterschool Alliance, 11.3 million

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YWCA Celebrates the Season with 5th Annual Fall Family Festival

By Shaunna Cullen The 5th annual Fall Family Festival recently gave YWCA New Britain families the opportunity to come together and celebrate the season with festive crafts, local fresh foods, and entertainment. There was something for everyone to enjoy at the event, from pumpkin painting and a heart-healthy puppet show,

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How to Parent in the Age of Social Media

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey In a recent story in the Washington Post, writer Devorah Heitner, discussed how quickly news and images travel through the airways. Children, particularly those with cell phones, are likely to see news images that are “raw” and that “haven’t been edited, interpreted or contextualized.” She states, in a significant

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Family Literacy End of Year Celebration Showcases Student’s Achievements

By Shaunna Cullen The end of year celebration for YWCA New Britain's Family Literacy Center ESL (English as a Second Language) and GED (General Education Degree) students and their children is held every spring to celebrate the successes of the past year. This program is a partnership with Literacy Volunteers

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YWCA Receives $10,000 Grant From the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded YWCA New Britain a $10,000 grant to support family literacy.  This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves. “We really appreciate the support

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YWCA Celebrates the Week of the Young Child

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain celebrated the Week of the Young Child April 24 to 28.  The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. This year, teachers centered their activity

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