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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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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Attendance Counts! YWCA Celebrates Perfect Attendance

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain preschool students with perfect attendance this school year were recently celebrated for their commitment to learning.  According to a study conducted by Everyone Graduates Center in partnership with John Hopkins University, chronic absence in kindergarten is associated with lower academic performance in first grade.

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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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How to Use Sound Experiences to Help Children Learn

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey “Sound is invisible, but it’s a tremendously powerful force…for better or worse, it shapes your brain and how you learn.”  These are the words of biologist and researcher Nina Kraus, Northwest University, who specializes in the impact of sound on brain development.  In a recent newsletter published

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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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